We started our collaborative project with 2nd class and their teacher Patricia McManus with a couple of short sessions in November 2017.
I have worked with Patricia some years ago during a residency that focused on print making processes, textures, layered collages (collographs) and mark making – so this time we decided to do something very different, working with making processes that are simple, using tools and materials that are easily accessible and already available in schools, introducing and experimenting with techniques that the children may already know. Working this way, challenges and questions will center around the development, discussion and expression of ideas.
We decided to explore the broad theme of light, using a variety of papers, drawing, paper cutting, Origami and paper construction / installation. Processes will include painting with wax and Batik on paper at a later stage. We started with discussions and brainstorming of ideas about light – with a great response from the class!
From our little mind map of responses we chose windows / sunlight / shadows to work with and started our process with a bit of Origami and Kirigami (paper cutting), to create a simple window.