We have had two very busy weeks with 5th and 6th Class! Developing on from 2D into 3D. Last week we used art straws and lines in space – creating shapes to make forms when added together. This work totally took off with 3D forms exploding and expanding as two and threes started working together and building on each others forms! A few students began making some mobile forms that became wearable and so related to human scale. Some sculptures that could be worn on the head and some that two people could fit into.
So based on how well the group were working together and very hands on developing of ideas and working with 3D forms in space we decided to work on wearable art this week. What a hectic session! I had brought in a range of construction materials and reflected on last week that how when forms are up-scaled and mobile that you need to look at the structure and construction method.
Great ideas and really inventive use of materials! Everyone worked well together and worked out their structure and function before getting into decoration. So here’s some shots from the catwalk! And Mr.Barry volunteered to model some of our artworks for some of our creators and designers!
For the last two weeks Senior Infants have been working on developing imaginary worlds in a box. We began by closing our eyes and imagining going to another world….in our imagination. Where is this world? What’s in it? Is it far away? Is it in the past? Is it in the future? Where could it be?
Last week we worked on the background, discussing what colours we would use and how we would mix them. There was a huge double rainbow that morning and we had all seen it on the way to school so this was a great way of talking about colour mixing. A really busy morning of assembling the boxes in pair and working on painting the backgrounds.
So then this week looking into our boxes we created windows or portals from the outside to the inside of the box. This was a way of letting light in but also by using coloured cellophane we could change the colour of the light – beautiful colours. We then talked about what details we could add to the backgrounds – buildings, people, dinosaurs, trees.
Another really busy morning as Senior Infants painted away and mixed a great range of colours and shades!
This was our last session with Fourth and Sixth Class today.
The children choose their favourite games and where to have their break.
There was a very positive feedback from our day of wandering during session six so today we decided to wander again. This time we chose three different environments; a pine wood, a deciduous wood,and a rocky place. In each area they looked at the minutiae.
Moving leaves, rocks( carefully and replacing) looking under things they found the tiny details in nature. Magnifying glasses were used as view finders. These findings were documented through photographs.
All the photos will now be made into one slideshow to be shown by the teacher to the whole class. The children will respond to the photos remembering where they found the detail and what is fascinating about it and asked is it a fungus, a plant, a lichen, or an insect?
Parents Day and Halloween
The children were the leaders for this session on the 27th October. There were a few developments from their plans they made the week before but in general they stuck to them.
Children led their parents to base camp pointing out things on the way.
They taught their parents to play, Bat and Moth and Eagle Eye.
Then brought their parents around the base camp and told them about things they had made during the past 7 weeks, and pointing outtheir special places.
Before break they showed our wonderful washing facilities.
Each child took their parent aside and told Apple Star Story.
The children choose their favourite place up on the rocks with great views to have break. All the parents tasted our Elderberry Tea and there was a great exchange of recipes for the different teas we had made and tasted.
Back at the base camp the children explained to the parents their plans to make a Halloween environment. These are the ideas from their planning the week before-
Bonfire, and sparklers.
Obstacles course – jump the bonfire.
Tree Spirits – clay.
Cobwebs – string and sticks
Spiders – pipe cleaners
Headdress – natural materials – wire
Ghosts – paper and charcoal.
Off they went and worked in their pairs.
Great excitement today as it was the Halloween Disco so all the Senior Infants were dressed up in super costumes!
Following on from the last few weeks where we were looking at big and small – we divided into two teams – our giant team and our tiny team. We worked on vinyl using pens and pencils and together created on one roll a world of tiny things and on the other a world of huge things. Both teams worked well together and quickly had the rolls covered in drawings. We added colour using oil pastels and crayons and created lovely rainbow worlds. Then using print outs of the images from last week everyone cut out their photo of themselves. The plan was that the children would find a space in their drawing and collage in themselves so they interacted with what was in the drawing. Interestingly only one child put his figures of himself interacting with his drawing. And more interesting everyone just wanted to stick their photos on top of the drawing they had done and in no particular order!
After break we had a look at the mini films I had made using the photos from last week which when played in fast sequence look like the figure is moving. So with everyone dressed up as a character or a super hero I thought it would be a good opportunity to get some more photos of action poses. Hope to use these as a projection on to our next part of the project.
Images to follow! With all the excitement I did not get chance to get photos of the finished collage drawings!
Following on from our pop up constructions at the gallery last week I wanted to follow up with some basic construction techniques – cutting, scoring, folding, tabbing, glueing to create basic forms. So moving between 2D and 3D – from the perspective drawings of two weeks ago to creating forms from drawings.
We had a shorter session today as the annual school mass was on so it meant we only had time to work from a cube template. Firstly we transferred the template using carbon paper – carefully following the lines and checking which line s were cut and which were folded. Then cutting out and scoring along the lines using the scissors to the folds would be a sharper angle and create a perfect cube form. The class decided whether they wanted to close the cube to create solid form or leave open as a box with an inside and an outside containing space.
Following on from our explorations of micro and macro this week we began by coming up with works for big….so far we have
big, bigger, huge, long, tall, wide, jumbo, enormous, ginormous and GIANT
So we then imagined ourselves getting smaller and shrinking to the size of the tiny pips we had drawn two weeks ago. Now in our tiny selves the world around us was huge to into our school bags we went and began to imagine all the things in our school bag as towering over us, so big we had to climb over them or slide down them or even go for a little swim and a splash in our water bottles!
With all this in mind we began drawing the contents of our school bags and also used the magnifying glass to explore the textures, patterns and details of our pencil cases, pencils, drinks bottles. When it came to colouring the drawings we looked carefully and tried to match the colour exactly and mix colours by colouring with two or three pencils on top of each other.
After break we set up a small photographic studio and struck some poses – action shots and posed shots. We are going to use these images as projections with our own drawings in the coming weeks. Some experimental artworks ahead!