Our 5th session was a short class on the 12th of January – reconnecting with our project after the Christmas holidays.
We looked at our collections of paper cuttings, origami pieces, paper windows and snowflakes and the children made choices and preferences on which pieces need finishing touches, more colour or more cutting.
They also made new pieces: patterns of little people cut out from folded tracing papers – which is not easy to draw on or cut neatly. The little people are lined up on the blackboard, `dancing`.
On our third session on the 28th of November (2017) we have been looking at contemporary installation art works by other artists – a slideshow of perhaps little challenging but curious and interesting works where the artist uses light / shadow / reflection as a material.
The images show details of installations by Martina Galvin, Felicity Clear, Chris Fraser and from a collaborative participatory project “Silk Gardens” I did at the Bloom Festival in Phoenix Park a number of years ago:
The looking and responding session went really well and we found that the children were curious, focused, very responsive and full of great ideas about possible making processes, materials used, scale,`transportation`and installation of works. These conversations introduce a new vocabulary and support the seeing and understanding of contemporary art, works that are site specific, interactive, collaborative and may integrate light, sound or their environment.
For the rest of our session we continued with paper folding and cutting processes, finished the `windows` we started previously and introduced a simple `pattern – cutting` process: we made lines of trees!