On 7 March, Anastasia Russa, artist and winner of the Portobello Wall Art project, toured the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to deliver art workshops at Kensington and Chelsea College and the Tabernacle.

The majority of her visit was spent at KCC speaking to Level 1 students about their artwork that had been influenced by the work on Portobello Road.

During Anastasia’s visit to the Art and Design Department, she took part in a student video interview, where she was asked questions regarding the influences of her art work. There was also a mini exhibition of her work in the main College Hall. Whilst her artwork was being exhibited Anastasia spoke further to students and it was apparent that they were enriched by the conversation and experience of talking with her.

Anastasia stated that she would welcome the opportunity to do more work with KCC students.

Jon Rees from the community said “It was a great workshop. I hope that there will be another one in the near future”.

Xenia de Berner, a KCC teaching support staff member said, “I have had so much fun learning new art skills”.

The day at KCC ended with a Free Community Art Workshop at the Kensington campus.

Members of the local community, KCC students, and staff were able to learn various artistic techniques such as drawing and painting using words to invent visual narratives and themes. Students also explored abstract painting.

During the workshop Anastasia discussed general schemes of composition, tone and colourful solutions that have an impact on the emotional content of the artwork.

Paul would also like to thank Mizuho Koizumi for her contribution to the day and for supplying art materials, and Miranda Macfarlane of RBKC for co-managing Anastasia’s visit to the Borough.