Emi Shindate

Age 16, Young Associates National Gallery


Q. Who is your favourite artist and why?
I am fascinated by a range of artists and art styles; one being Van Dyke's refined textural details and realism in his accuracy. However I also enjoy impressionism and artists such as Monet, due to the expressive movement in the ambiguous, layered brush marks.

Q. Why did you join the Young Artists?
I began attending the Young Artists after a teacher in my primary school recommended it to me due to my interest in art, and have been enjoying it ever since.

Q. Which session did you enjoy at the Royal Drawing School and why?
All sessions have given me a new, interesting way of thinking about art and ways to draw, so I have thoroughly enjoyed the varied experiences the Young Artists have given me. One example of a session I enjoyed was when we used water brushes and water-soluble graphite to paint in the gallery. I found this a new, fun approach to tone and have been keen on using the medium in other sessions.

Q. How has attending the Young Artists helped you develop your work?
The Young Artists has given me the opportunity to enjoy practising art by exploring a range of techniques and appreciating the ways to draw. I have broadened my insight on different styles of art and ways to incorporate this into my own work.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
Next year I intend to take art at A-level as I am planning on possibly incorporating my passions for physics and art into Architecture at university in the future. Currently, art is a hobby which I enjoy practising at the Young Artists, and I will continue to attend the sessions and always keep it as a way to express myself.