Our third session took place on the 7th of December.
The children went for a walk with Ms McFeely to the school garden before our session, on one of those rare sunny and dry days – and collected plenty of nature materials to fill a large table in the class room.
They worked in 4 groups (5/6 girls in a group) to create an indoor Land Art piece in the class room – inspired by ‘Winter’, using the collected material on large white sheets of paper. The collaborative process naturally presented challenges for the groups as agreement had to be reached about ideas, design, selection of materials and construction of the works. Some PVA glue was used to secure the position of some of the material but most pieces were loosely placed on the paper.
Ownership and the “life time” of the pieces were discussed and after the initial interest in taking the works home, everyone realized that these are one of those ephemeral pieces that will be photographed and documented throughout the process but they wont last and will be later discarded.
Session 2 – 16th January 2017
Assistant Artist: Kim Jenkinson
We started our school based sessions with Looking Back and Responding to the exhibition visit – which was a while back by now! Christmas and Winter holidays happened in between and I was not expecting it to be easy to recall our gallery tour a month before.
I was very impressed and happy to see that the opposite happened: the children were excited and enthusiastic to tell all about the outing, remembering the exhibited and discussed works in detail, recalled all steps of the art work we started on in December and had great fun giving titles to the artworks we looked at again, as a slideshow on the white board.
This exercise was also useful as there are a couple of children who missed the gallery visit so they needed to catch up with all that happened.
After finishing the process of the collaborative drawing (as in our previous post) we introduced the idea of the ART DIARY: each child has a copy with blank pages to document their own experiences of this project through drawings, notes, sketches, writings, little mind maps etc… all to come!