Our 8th session on the 15th of February started with a discussion, responding to what we have done so far and recalling all the different ways we created maps and pictures of spaces, imaginary and real. We also revisited our first mind map about place to see the connections between brainstorming ideas and art processes.
The children were asked to look at a selection of their drawings with the aim of creating a textured collage version of one previous work: choosing between the space/universe drawing, the imaginary place map or the journey map on the long scroll from last week. A full image or a smaller segment of the selected work was chosen to be an inspiration and a guide to the collages – made using a wide range of textured materials, pieces of fabrics, threads, strings, textured wall papers, tissue- and corrugated papers, cotton wool, soft foam shapes etc. These collages will be used as plates for a Collograph print making process at the following session.
6 February 2017
Assistant Arts Practitioner: Kim Jenkinson
PRINT MAKING Session: very very busy, exciting, surprising, fantastic fun, `smudgey` and soooo messy!! – just a few opinions of the day.
We organized a longer session to accommodate this process as it needs a considerable amount of time for set up, demonstration/explaining and clean up. I also wanted to make sure that we have sufficient time to create a number of prints with different colours, different papers etc and allow for a bit of an experimentation and plenty of fun along the way.
We included two print making processes:
- Collagraph printing (using our previously made plates; relief print combined by intaglio mark making)
- Stencil printing: using the inked acetate plates with pre-cut paper shapes as stencils
30 January 2017
Assistant Artist: Kim Jenkinson
Our fourth session in the school was a bit more structured and focused than the previous ones – this was necessary for this part of the process: finishing the collagraph plates, checking every piece while completing the shapes/drawings and filling remaining spaces.
This was followed my mark making: adding extra texture, decorative markings to the soft foamy shapes with pencils. This will create additional detail in the final prints…
The plates are completed beautifully with plenty of patience from such young artists!!! Ready for a PRINTING SESSION!
23 January 2017
Assistant Arts Practitioner: Kim Jenkinson
Our third session started with a little more `looking back`and further discussing shapes. This was a great introduction to the process of developing collagraph plates for our printing sessions: children made simple drawings (that incorporated basic shapes) on mounting board cards. The large shapes/drawings were then filled with little shapes of pre-cut soft foam in a mosaic style: the small pieces needed to be firmly glued onto the board with little gaps in between and without any overlapping… many instructions to keep in mind! There was also a bit of a difficulty with having to cover the lines of the drawing here and there but everyone had a great start and the colourful images started to emerge by the end of the class!
I would like to include here a few photographs of the impressive class room displays of the previous drawings (already “exhibited”!!) and some of the detailed and very impressive drawings in the project diaries.
Session 8 – 13th of May – Our last session of PRINT MAKING
I have decided that for our last session of art making we could re-visit some of the printing processes: two different techniques combined! We used mounting board pieces again to build a `collage` – type image but this time from soft foam shapes and cut outs. These were glued onto the mounting board and dried during lunch break – drying easily and quickly!
Once the various shapes were dry and firmly glued to create the base of images we used large masonry nails to carve and `draw` details into the foam, making a combination of relief and intaglio printing processes.
It was great fun I think and great success – re-visiting techniques and having the time and resources to try out processes again is such a great experience for everyone involved. These materials also allow for printing multiples, using the plates as stamps. Based on the multiples and colour variations – some interesting works were created.
A great part of our session was spent with discussions, reflections on the project – I will include these in our last posting which will focus on evaluation, documentation and `looking and responding`.
SELECTION – REFLECTION: Looking back on processes and works
1 May 2015
Session 6 was very much a looking and responding session, presenting a new challenge: the process of selecting and choosing finished works… and there are plenty of works to choose from!
I suggested that we could make a book or folder that `gathers` and holds all prints (and plates) so we don`t have all these works on papers all over the place…:)) The children seemed to like the idea so we set out to look at our prints first. We were focusing on choosing one print for the cover of the handmade book and one for the back cover. Questions of selections, criteria, quality were discussed and preferences in print making techniques were mentioned. We have already talked about and have done numbering of prints but that was mainly based on numbers of `same` images produced. This time we tried to focus on quality.
Having chosen the cover images for the book we prepared them for mounting: trimming edges and choosing backing papers.
After the lunch break we put away the prints and started a new process: Oil Pastel drawing on long, large sheets of papers – another collaborative process where children were working in groups. The drawings focused on the original themes of the groups and the general theme of `children`s lives during WW2`. The class already had some experience in using oil pastels so after some planning we could start straight away. I found that there is a strong and interesting contrast between the grim subjects/theme and the very colourful oil pastel drawings with their dreamlike appearance… The papers are really large so the drawing will continue during the week (using any spare time if available) and for the next session.
COLLOGRAPH Printing today!
29th April 2015
After having a good check on the collograph plates for loose bits and materials – and gluing them again if needed – we set up for the messy process of print making again.
As this type of collage building, the collograph creating process is also new to everyone, it is a rather experimental part of the project: not sure what to expect so we all need to be ready for surprises!! All textured surfaces look different when inked up and printed. I`m not surprised though that all prints turned out to be very interesting images and most of them are clear with many small details and a good variety of textures! Very happy of the outcome. Plenty of images and variations were printed – so documentation became very important and we do have a large number of photographs!
The most interesting part of the session must have been the collaborative, large scale work: the children worked in groups again, arranged their individual pieces to create a larger but coherent image, printing it onto large sheets of paper. These are good quality, clear prints, with a bit of a strange aerie feel to them – a result of plates arranged in different directions and ways. As we all had images of buildings, street-scapes, houses or ruins, the collaborative prints give the impressions of illustrations or graphic works with symbolic elements. I think it was also a good idea to move away a bit from the original themes of the groups as it could become restrictive.
We hung the large scale prints on the clothes line running across the class room to dry – very effective display. The smaller prints were stored on the drying rack again.
Session 4 with 5th/6th class at Holy Family NS – 17th April
Refreshed, ready for a new start and new approach after a long Easter break!
Our next session moved away from the intaglio printing process and from the mono – prints.
The focus is on texture, surface and the sensory experience of it; followed by the selection of collected materials for planning and making collages and print their images: collographs
Having a good bit of sunshine on the day, after a short discussion on textures and surfaces we run outside to collect these textures in the form of oil pastel rubbings. Only in the schoolyard but you always find details never noticed before! Identifying and `naming` parts of the `collection` afterwards in the class room is also great fun.
The children collected a great amount of re-used, recycled materials for the collages: papers, strings, foamy packaging, fabric scraps – and as it turned out the school has bags and boxes of left over fabrics and materials… endless supplies and choices!
We started to build the collages on mounting boards – around the size of A5 or slightly larger. Images are based on prepared drawings and sketches from the diary. To make it easier to construct suitable images and combine them into collaborative works later we decided to work on ideas about buildings, houses, `street-scapes` – the urban built environment in a general sense, during the second world war.
The selected and `shaped` materials were glued strongly on the mounting boards and left dry until the next session – when we try to print it!
We continued our `experiments` on the 13th of March – our fourth session at the school!
The COLLOGRAPH Process:
- Was `voted` by the children as the most enjoyable and interesting so far!
- Continued with Collograph Printing – layering textured collages on strong card plates recycled and found materials. These plates then are inked and printed on white paper.
- Used materials now also collected by the children or found in the class room/storage space.
- Further explored various visualizations of the themes and ideas previously discussed… Building on the previous session`s experiences, most images now were simplified and stronger, clearer in texture and form. Also it seemed that everyone was more careful and considerate with the colours and the amount of ink used!!:)
Re-visiting a printing technique that we tried at the last session proved to be a great idea: offering to consider process and its effect on outcome! It brought more concentration and choices of strong images. WELL DONE to everyone in the class – children and teachers! – on their beautiful work!!