Hi, my name is Daniel Weatheritt and I’m an artist and designer from Northumberland. I started drawing at a very young age and was a member of Northburn Primary School Wildlife Club in Year 3 & 4. I never stopped drawing throughout my school years and went on to study Graphic Design at Northumbria University, graduating with a BA (Hons) in 2008. All of the illustration techniques I currently use are self taught and I run my own business as an illustrator and designer. I also love planning and delivering workshops as they are great fun and it’s really inspiring to see young people being creative.
My workshop experience is mainly with Primary School children, working in a school or museum setting. Some key venues include Berwick Museum, Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Preston Hall, Sage Gateshead, The Maltings Theatre & Cinema and Woodhorn Museum.
I’m happy to work with people of all ages and in an outdoor setting if required. As of January 2015 I have worked with over 1000 school children in North East England on a variety of community and bespoke school projects.
Workshops usually start with a personal introduction and showing them some examples of work from my sketchbooks and portfolio. Next comes the session objectives and then it’s time to get creative! With a group size of 30 I’m able to work one-to-one with everyone, helping to develop individual’s ideas and offer advice and creative tips.
I often structure activities to fit into existing school curriculum topics, but I’m flexible and can devise a plan for anything from observational and character drawing to book making/binding and how to paint with watercolours. I bring all of my own equipment for the group to use. This consists of lots of tactile image making materials including dip pens, drawing ink, watercolours, crayons, coloured and graphite pencils, pens, watercolour sets, paint, charcoal, rulers, scissors and glue. I also do collage, assemblage and model making projects (usually with recycled materials), but would be reliant on the host school/venue providing the necessary raw materials. I’m adaptable to a range of learning types and incorporate techniques to engage visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners. Examples of this include typographic/pictorial flash cards, group/individual discussion along with the use of visual reference materials which relate to the central workshop theme.
Workshops often culminate in the presentation of drawings and designs to other members of the group, an exhibition/display, or if the session outcome is a single, collaborative piece, a group discussion may form the final stage. Artwork and designs produced can also presented in innovative formats such as posters, digital e-books, giant play mats, on-site school design installations (school receptions, classroom walls, window vinyls) and public subway installations.
Christina Castling – Creative Director – Off The Page Drama
Juliet Hardy – Creative Producer – Bait @ Woodhorn Museum
Danielle Burn – Community Participation Officer – Woodhorn Museum
All referee contact details available upon request.