St Peter’s House Residential Home: cut paper flowers

This week we encouraged the group to think about shapes of flowers. These would be used to inform the cut shapes for mosaics and metal flowers for the outdoor garden. Initially we let people handle the fresh flowers for inspiration but it was interesting that we soon found ideas closer to home such as the poppies on one lady’s tapestry and the woven flower design in the curtains. We all enjoyed seeing these aerial views of the flowers taken on my phone so next week we’ll be taking along the ipad so that people can see their artwork without having to stand up.

Found Faces, Art and Storytelling at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

We came away from this morning’s workshop at the theatre really inspired by the way the children had responded to an integrated art and storytelling approach.

 

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A new lease of life for Abbey Gardens mosaic

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This mosaic was made as a community project by Risbygate Arts about 10 years ago and has been hidden away on a wall by the loos in the Abbey Gardens.  Bury in Bloom were brave enough to move it to a new prominent location overlooking the Magna Carta flower bed and asked Rojo Art to look at doing some renovation work on it for the Anglia in Bloom judging.

My first inspection of it wasn’t very positive: there were about 200 tiles fallen off and a good coating of mould in parts. Strangely though, once I got started this turned into a very addictive and satisfying process. I also had the added entertainment of explaining the mosaic’s history to interested park users.

Studio Sunday, Kettles Yard

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Horse chestnut shell with berry inside

Really enjoyable family drop in session this afternoon. Inspired by the Sophie Ricketts photography exhibit the families braved the sudden wintry weather and explored the churchyard with magnifying lens searching out objects that would normally be passed un-noticed. Back in the studio these objects became large artworks sometimes encompassing imagined elements such as fairies that can only be viewed through a lens.

Drama Extravaganza, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds: Aztecs

imageimageimageWP_001424Drama Extravaganza this summer is all about the Aztecs and we started the week with a full day of art activities.

The children talked about the reasons why the Aztecs made art and decorative objects and how they used human and natural forms as symbols to represent ideas about religion and war.

We then spent a while looking at Aztec motifs practising the drawing style and allowing the children to try out symbols of their own.

These were used as the centre piece of some impressive Aztec shields. For decoration we thought about the Aztec craft of feather work and looked at images of Montezuma II’s headdress made from the feathers of more than 250 Quetzal birds. The children learnt their own craft of paper feather making and added these to their shields.

Theatre Royal Easter Extravaganza

rojo art, community art, art in schoolsOn Thursday we spent the day with 30 children attending the theatre’s drama week. Their theme this year was time travel and we started the day with a large shared drawing imagining travelling to the year 4013 where a new species has evolved: part human and part alien visitor. The children drew the futuristic world then using collected plastics they created disguises to help them accomplish their mission undetected.

The disguise on the right has a special secret giant eye.

 

Electric Forest, High Lodge, Thetford

During November we worked with children from Elveden Primary, Norwich Road Primary and USAF Mildenhall to make an installation for the Electric Forest event at High Lodge in Thetford Forest. The children collected used plastic bottles and using cutting and threading techniques transformed these into enormous imagined plants. The plant was named the Junklecreeper and a story emerged about a new invasive species that grew out of the plastic bottles thrown into a pit in the forest.

After we installed the artwork Phil Supple and his team designed lighting and and a soundscape for the experience. Thousands of visitors visited Electric Forest through December to enjoying the stunning light installations and the opportunity to be out in the forest after dark.