Drawing caricature live has taken Simon about fifteen years of practice to master. It's one of the hardest things drawing wise we do. Simon has only been confident enough to draw these in the last few years; which is lucky really as we have been doing quite a lot at events recently!

So much more difficult than creating a drawing in the studio, it has to be right first time, with no rough pencil drawing or practice sketches to refine the final caricature.

Hampshire Country and Garden Festival mural

On the 10th June we created a mural with the visitors to the Hampshire Country and Garden Festival at Bere Mill, Whitchurch, Hampshire. Everybody who took part did a great job, whether they painted a small flower or a whole marquee and contributed to a lively and colourful mural illustrating the day!

Keeping in touch with you on social media

We love hearing from our art workshop customers on social media.  We ran a competition during the "Unicorns are Everywhere" tour in January and February because we wanted to see everyone's fabulous artwork and keep them up-to-date with what was coming next.  We'd hate for anyone to miss out!

What better way than a Facebook competition? 😃 All our artists (their parents really!) were invited to post one or all of their works of art on our Facebook page.  Each picture counted as one competition entry and we drew our lucky winner at random - the lovely Abigail from Thatcham...

Our next run of workshops for children is starting in time for the Easter holidays. "EGG!" will run in Kingsclere, Hungerford, Compton, Thatcham and Cold Ash and we can't wait to create cute bunnies, playful lambs, yellow fluffy chicks and the odd alpaca!

Seeing as we're talking about social media, here's a link to all our forthcoming events on our Facebook page; there's…

Introducing... Armadillo Arties!

Are you looking for something different for your child's birthday party?  We do arty parties for kids (we can do grown-ups too!), bringing the Armadillo Art Experience to you at a venue of your choice, from Hungerford to Pangbourne, Wantage to Whitchurch and everywhere in between.

The beauty of it is we can work with any theme of your child's choosing and every guest will have some artwork to take home.  We're also including some cheeky little extras that we don't think anyone else is offering like a free cartoon caricature of the party host!

Armadillo Arties are £15 per child based on a minimum of 8 children - do you want to know more?  Drop us an e-mail to, we'd love to hear from you.

Art parties in Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire

Unicorns are Everywhere...

What an exciting start we've had to our "Unicorns are Everywhere, and Other Magical Beasts" workshops.  Our plan was to take ourselves on a local tour to get people talking about the Armadillo Art Experience and we think it's working!

Our first event in Cold Ash was so well attended we squeezed in a second session for all those we couldn't accommodate at the start and we've just run a second full event at Kingsclere Village Club.

Dates still to come are Thatcham this Sunday, 13th January, at Moorside Community Centre and Hungerford on Sunday 28th January 2018 - advanced booking is strongly recommended.  We're getting in touch with more village halls to plan new dates for February and March.

The best way to keep up with when we're in your area is liking our Facebook page...

ps We do arty parties too!  Get in touch to find out more :)

Unicorns are coming to Thatcham!

Eek!  Somehow we've made it to December 2017 without ever having blogged before!

We're really excited about our plans for the new year as we will be touring select venues in West Berks and Hampshire with our "Unicorns are Everywhere" workshops.  We love bringing affordable art workshops to families in our local area and who doesn't love unicorns at the moment?!

We have some prep to do to get ready for our first date on Saturday 7th January at the Acland Hall in Cold Ash, Berkshire; we'll post a sneak peek of what we have planned soon...