Laurie Steen joined art scholars from across the school for an afternoon workshop. Pupils spent time learning more about Laurie’s technique and taking the opportunity to ask her questions about her work.
Now living in Devon, Laurie comes from Alberta, Canada and studied fine arts at the University of Calgary, and Design at the Faculty of Architecture in Manitoba. Her upbringing in the foothills of Canada gave her a deep understanding and respect for nature, which influences her work to this day.
Laurie took pupils through a number of drawing exercises focusing on each pupil’s intuitive mark making ability. These included tasks that accessed their senses, such as blind contour drawing into observation drawing shadow drawing, and experimenting with many different drawing materials. Pupils then worked outside starting to draw on 10metre long rolls of paper to put all the techniques into practice.
Laurie has been a part of many solo and group exhibitions in Canada, Switzerland, and England including collaborating on interdisciplinary, performance and design based projects. Laurie was made an RWA Academician in 2014 where she shows regularly, and has recently shown at the London AAF, CCANW, Mall Galleries, REN Fine Art, and Wallace Gallery in Canada.