Inspiration for the Children's Art Competition

Local artists share their work to provide inspiration for young artists

Three local artists share their artwork to inspire budding young artists

Jackie Cooper 

Jackie uses many different types of media for her art including being watercolour, acrylics, brusho, pen and ink, pencils, pastels, and her personal favourite sumi-e (Japanese ink painting). She likes to combine a variety of mediums to create different effects and textures.


Jackie’s preferred subjects are found in the natural world - be it trees and flowers or birds and animals which made her the perfect choice for one of our featured artists.

Jackie says: “From childhood I have had a love of doing art, which I have time to rekindle now my children are at school. I believe that everyone can enjoy art and anyone can do art.”

What can we learn from Jackie’s style?

  • Take a look at the textures and colours in the natural world and think how you can use them in your artwork - it could be a sculpture made out of those items, or brightly coloured paints, pastels or pencils to show the natural colours and textures
  • Never be afraid to mix your media - it can produce a truly original artwork
  • Enjoy it! Whatever you decide to do, take time to enjoy the creation process



Su Whiteman

Su Whiteman creates upcycled, recycled art including jewellery, bottles, photo frames, cards and night lights.


Some of her creations include:

  • jewellery made from a mixture of recycled beads from different sources and new beads.
  • a range of bottles and jars decorated using a range of strings and cords and embellished with a range of beads 
  • ’wonky’ candles with paper bead cuffs to use again. The candles may have a few dents but it does not stop them shining brightly
  • photo frames upcycled by painting and then stamping them with floral patterns
  • button hair clips and brooches
  • shower rings reused as serviette rings embellished with cord and beads
  • a range of cards using recycled card blanks and new which are stamped, embroidered or coloured by hand
  • a range of wooden plaques and decorative shapes painted and embellished with feel good quotes
  • jam jars upcycled as night light jars with a mixture of beads, lace and ribbons



What can we learn from Su’s style?

  • Can you reuse or recycle the materials around you to create a new piece of art?
  • Can you use elements from the natural environment to embellish your creation?
  • Can you create an entirely new unexpected item from something you might have thrown away?


Tom Mead

Portraiture is one of Tom’s favourite subjects to paint. He uses a fractured and overlapping style to convey a sense of life and movement over time, and explore the relationship between traditional painting and technology using 'glitches'. He creates paint scenes that he hopes make onlookers question the emotions of the subject and their relationship to the environment, with themes such as identity and existentialism permeating throughout. 


Tom loves acrylic paint and tends to work fairly quickly, working by building layer upon layer.


What can we learn from Tom’s style?

  • Have fun with your favourite subject - whether that be nature, buildings, people or anything else
  • Don’t be afraid to layer up your artwork - this could be layers of paint like acrylic or layers of different media
  • Is there a way you can show the unexpected like Tom’s glitches in his work?

For more information on Tom Mead visit his website:

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