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Hong Kong... a very different proposition than Japan! It's fast and furious...and for the last few days has been very warm, muggy and pouring with rain!. It's likely to remain raining for many days. While we were in mainland China we had a boat trip out into the South China Sea and - an unusual vision - a fishing rod was put into my hand. I didn't catch a thing, Simon caught some seaweed and everyone else caught something - the entire catch going home with the boat crew. Swimming in the sea and a hotel swimming pool - both favourite pastimes for me. Always a chicken-head and some feet floating in the chicken stew, often sea food I couldn't identify, all a good experiences. Great spending time with Felicity who like all Chinese children attends various classes per week, I've been able to take her to some of them including swimming lessons. As ever I'm astonished at the amount, height and size of the tower blocks - I can't think how they can all be serviced with enough water and energy but it seems they can be. Simon, Jack and I went on a lovely hike up to a reservoir - luckily not too hot or sunny (can't believe I said that last bit as we've been longing for sun all winter!). We ended up in a bar in Sai Kung - filled with ex-pats all talking very loudly...very John le Carre (slightly seedy).

The lady selling fruit in baskets on the street in Hainan was paid by 'alipay' (mobile phone app). Because Felicity is so pale, she's often asked to hold the hand of a Chinese child for a photograph!


About this site...
I am an art teacher living and working in Dorset.  I have taught for the Adult Education Service and the University of Bath, plus some supply teaching in my local schools but now I run all my classes and courses privately. This site is intended as an addition to my teaching, primarily for any student who in the week misses a class and wants to catch up.
The lessons are also available for any one anywhere who would like some ideas on what to teach, what to learn or is just interested in seeing what we do.
I'm afraid I won't be able to answer emails asking for comments on anyone's work (other than for currently enrolled students).
I teach three weekly art classes in halls in and around Blandford in Dorset and every six weeks or so I run a Sunday workshop in a village hall on the outskirts of Blandford. I also run a vibrant five-day summer school.. Other than that I spend every available moment in my studio or drawing and painting elsewhere.
I studied for four years at The Slade School of Fine Art where I was awarded The Slade Prize on graduation. I went on to travel and study further finally doing a P.G.C.E at Exeter University with Ted Wragg as my mentor. It was a wonderful year of education which set me in good stead for my years of teaching since then.



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