The art of messaging

A five week project for Open House, Kettles Yard with a group of Year 4 and 5 students in a Cambridge primary School. Helped out by Virtually There Studio and Cambridge Amateur Radio Club.

Past, present and future communication technology, what’s the best way to get our message across, how much do we want people to know? Is a straight to the point message the best or do we want to convey our emotions and mood? Continue reading

After school art: 3D local landscapes

The last of our four weeks about the changing seasonal landscape around the village. This week we extended the activity of drawing and layering winter branches. Each child worked drawing into a white box creating a background of bare branches. I was pleased to see them experimenting with some different types of mark making after last week. They then used 3d materials to construct a forest and perhaps some passing wildlife. I enjoyed some of the conversations that cropped up around the activity such as local horses being spooked by starling murmurations and a discussion over the use of the word ‘sapling’.

At the end of the session the children used torches to light their forests and took the photos below.

After school art: journeys to school

The end of our ‘journeys to school’ project. This week the children thought about the surfaces they travel across on the way to school then created textured footprints to convey the feel and look of roads, paths, fields and mud. They then carried on experimenting with animal footprints.

I’d intended to work with them creating a huge map of their journeys to school using all the artwork we’d created in this project. In reality, there was so much to explore with the travel textures that we ended up exhibiting all the artwork on the classroom floor at the end of the session.

I feel that during this project the children have closely observed and thought about their journeys sometimes using them as a start of a fantastical narrative. At the end of this session the children invited their parents to view their art and talked them through their personal view of the daily school run.