Our 10th and final session before the children`s exhibition took place in the school on the 26th of February. As we were approaching the end of the residency, I wanted to make sure that we spend some time to revisit and reflect on the project, trying to recall all that happened during the last few months.
After recalling and discussing creative processes, we focused on unfinished works that were waiting in the children`s folders: paper cuttings and dyed papers which gave a great opportunity to revisit techniques of paper folding, pattern drawing and cutting.
We also gave a little more attention to the long wall paper collage piece that the children started at the Project Room of the Lexicon the week before, responding to the exhibition they visited. Taking the collaborative process yet a step further, we assigned the children to a spot by the collage (randomly) and they were asked to add drawings to the piece in a way that they create / recreate / join / re-join images that are already there. I felt that, this time, the process is more fun and less disruptive for the children, somehow they got the idea that they can work on or contribute to other`s works in a positive way. This time nobody was upset about his or her collage being altered by others!
The collection of the paper works in the folders have been tidied up and we talked about the possibility of an exhibition in the class room. This is the first time we mentioned it – and everyone got pretty excited about it! Patricia discussed it with the school and the date of the 13th of March was set for the exhibition.
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!
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.
St Mary`s NS Sandyford – SESSION 7
5 April 2016
Final stages of Batik processes always involve the removal of wax from dried pieces. To do this in the class room (at least to introduce it) we chose to do a bit of ironing – ironing out of melted wax from paper based batiks, so we truly kept up with the “Danger Art” as one of the children called it earlier in the year!
Ironing is also a reason for not having many images to show from this session – we were all so busy that there was little chance for documentation.
While the children were taking turns with the ironing we also started to work on plans and ideas for a three dimensional, sculptural work: small installations, constructions of the places/locations identified and explored earlier. I wanted to make sure that we try to approach this with a bit of abstraction and minimalism, so decided to limit the choice of materials to 3. This definitely doesn`t make it easier and we went through a lot of discussions and explaining and describing etc. But everyone had a plan, an idea developed and a material`s list at the end! Thanks again to Ms Broderick for her fantastic support and help, she assisted the children with these plans after the session, talked through them all and made sure that everyone in the class has the experience of the ironing in the same time…!
Really looking forward to the construction phase!