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Back to art club today with some old faces and a couple of new ones. This term I wanted to once again work with subjects relevant to a rural school and also explore some ideas I’d been having while walking in the forest.
We started this week discovering the texture of tree bark. The children drew the bark patterns by touch and tried out some rubbed textures on a large shared drawings. We discovered oil pastels made the best rubbings and that the bark smelt of mould, mushrooms and Sebastian’s garden den. A variety of bugs escaped from the bark and we tried to draw them as well.
I then introduced some air-drying clay. The children looked at tree structures and used the clay to make their own on a large ceramic tile, some went for 2D and some 3D, others created some amazing patterns populated by clay characters.
We used various tools to make marks to represent the texture of bark. A bead coaster was a particular favourite.
Next week we’ve decided to paint the tiles and clay trees.
This is a Halloween commission for Center Parcs, Elveden. These ghostly figures can be glimpsed flitting through the woodland near the arrivals lodge.
This is a rather retrospective post as we’ve had a summer holiday offline.
In July the Bury Wolf Trail opened with twenty six wolves to discover in locations around the town centre. Five of the wolves were made by Rojo artists and we’ve added some photos below. Most of these photos were taken from Twitter as we’ve really enjoyed following the images of public interaction with the wolves and reading the numerous blog posts about the trail.
We’re working with two very enjoyable ideas this term, drawing and food. Maybe we’ll finish up drawing with food or making edible drawings-who knows?
This week I brought along some fish fresh from the fish counter and was really impressed how the children’s curiosity took over very quickly. We worked on careful observation using blind contour drawing with handwriting pens. We then repeated the exercise allowing ourselves to glance at the paper.
Next we thought about how our drawings could be more interesting. We made cards with different marks on then looked at where we could use these mark making techniques on our fish drawings.
Finally we looked at what would happen if we used a wash over the handwriting pens. Everybody spent the rest of the session experimenting with line, wash and colour resulting in some beautiful and delicate drawings.
Weatheringsett School invited us to work with the children for a day to create a new altar cloth for their school assemblies. We agreed on felt making as a process that all ages of children could be involved in with the artists finishing the artwork using an applique technique.
The children made felt artwork using colours and themes from the four seasons to create a cohesive overall design. Its been a while since we made felt with younger children and it was great to see them enthralled by the magical transformation of the materials.
A speedy art activity for under fives between performances of The Big Red Bath at the Theatre Royal. We brought along a multitude of red materials and a vast quantity of red dough and invited the children to create a small red creature that might live in the big red bath. Bubble wrap was a great substitute for bath water and someone even added shower fittings to their creation.
We really enjoyed running this activity which felt process driven, visually appealing and really easy for the children to engage in, with or without their parents.
This gallery contains 12 photos.
A selection of images from the garden installation day. Our reflection on this project to follow.
Abbotts Hall mosaic was finally unveiled at the official opening of the new reception lodge. We’ve been really impressed by the way the school has involved the children and staff in the long building process.
At the opening ceremony we were delighted to find the mosaic featured on children’s models for the lodge.
And as a special extra touch the children noticed blue tits nesting in the built in bird box in the lodge building. I feel we might have to update the mosaic as the school family expands.
As if we haven’t spent enough time making mosaics this spring I’d also decided to use this technique as a colour exploration exercise at art club. In a previous post I talked about how we explored contrast. The second session was very much about learning technique and the children used their colour contrast initials as mosaic designs. The results were quite regimented but I felt we all learnt a lot. For the last session I brought along some slates, mosaic tiles and found objects, talked about what we’d learnt last week then gave the children free rein to experiment.
They created some beautiful and fascinating art which would be impossible to finish with grouting. I have a lot of questions about mosaic: about where it stands in the art v craft debate and why it’s still such a popular medium for public art. By the end of this summer I should be able to answer a few of them.
Abbotts Hall appears to be out of chronological order now but we couldn’t miss out on sharing the children’s design work for the mosaic. It was really obvious that the children had been drawing from life as the chickens, guinea pigs and birds were carefully observed drawings of those living in the playground. Even the racing pigeon recently rescued was included in the school family. We had the difficult task of choosing a few drawings to work with and the children took the decisions over colours and how to lay the tiles. These are mosaics created in reverse method still in their upside down state on brown paper ready to be glued to the outside wall.