Megan Dowsett is a creative consultant working with museums and galleries, and an illustrator who is finding her voice through personal and local projects.

Through the name Norris and the Flamingo, she shares the sense of adventure that runs through all of life, wherever we are on our journey. A sense of imagination, of possibility and discovery, for children and adults alike.

9 July 2010

3foot People

Chelmsford's 3foot People Festival ... one of the most adventurous, brave, utterly fun, wacky and inspiring events I've come across - for children under 5. It presents quite a challenge, coming up with original and creative art activities for children that little. Especially if you're accustomed to children who can speak and hold a pencil. Two years ago I tried experimental printing, had a wonderful time and made an incredible mess. I thought I'd conserve on mess factor this time and use watercolours to create 'Secret Paintings'. An idea that went down so well that Dawn and I spent Wednesday evening drawing another 500 pictures in candle wax. It was great to give youngsters a chance simply to paint, and yet still enjoy the magic of a picture appearing beneath it. 700 children later ... yes, I think it was worth it!