Children’s Summer Art Classes Exhibition

During the weekend of the 1st and 2nd September we will be exhibiting over 30 pieces of creative work by the children who attended our Summer Art Classes.

The exhibition will be held inside Abney Park Chapel and is open to everyone, free with donations welcome, and refreshments will be provided for the opening on Saturday at 12pm. 

Dr Zeigam Azizov, the teacher, staff and volunteers will be present to assist and answer any questions about the classes and artwork, along with many of the children, their families and friends attending the opening on Saturday. 

The classes allowed consisted of three parts: an introduction to the park, creating a story and sketches, and then developing these into paintings. The day was split into two parts, which involved the walk to the site, a discussion and sketching, and after lunch making watercolour paintings accordingly. Subjects centred on the park: general views of the park, the chapel and the study of pathways. These helped develop the sense of the place, its detailed study through the chapel and pathways, with each morning starting with guided walks. This allowed children to explore the themes and create individual pieces of art.

Please do come along and see for yourself!

Above artwork by Lilith Silver.

Abney Park Chapel
Sat 1st and Sun 2nd Sept, 
12pm - 4pm
Free, with donations welcome

“Symposium” in Abney Park, by Dr Zeigam Azizov

I have been living in Stoke Newington more than 20 years. During this time my work as an artist and philosopher was made mostly outside of the UK, although I have been enjoying the local area. Abney Park was always interesting for me as one of the most fascinating sights of the area among others. 

I became very interested to do some work in the community, which, according to statistics is the largest artistic area in the world. It looked more realistic after I talked about it to Peter Cummings who is closely involved in the developments in the community, especially in the Abney Park. After about a year of discussion finally we have decided to have summer art classes this August which was kindly offered to me by Peter and I accepted it immediately.

The class consisted in three parts: an introduction to the park, creating a story and sketches and developing them into paintings. I have decided to split the day into two parts, which involved the walk to the site, a discussion and sketching, and after the lunch making paintings accordingly. Subjects were the general view of the park, the trip to the chapel and the study of pathways for this  time . These walks were necessary in order to develop the sense of the place, its detailed study through the chapel and pathways. John Baldock, who knows every detail in this park kindly guided morning walks. After these walks we developed the impressions into short stories and sketches and later to watercolour paintings.

This was a great experience and children seemed to enjoy it tremendously. Most importantly I was impressed by their close engagement with the subject and skills and knowledge they demonstrated.

It was also more informal, rather in the style of the ancient Greek schools, what they called ‘symposium’, which partly means walking and discussing. 

Zeigam Azizov
24.08.2018




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