Last Thursday both class groups visited the exhibition Sea Change IADT 21 years of Art, Film and Animation at the Municipal Gallery in dlr LexIcon. Each group had a look around at the exhibition and then we had a chat about whether we thought the exhibition was by one artist or by different artists. Great discussion as to the how there was too much work for one artist to have done on their own, the artworks were all different – sizes, materials, types of artwork – painting and sculpture, 2D and 3D so it must be by a group of artists. So I explained that all the artists were linked together by the fact that they had all gone to the one college in Dún Laoghaire and all worked in different ways now – some as artists, some in film, some in animation.
With both groups we focused first on Sonia Sheil’s painting – looking for a long time and figuring out what was going on in the artwork with the conversation being led by the students, building on each other’s observations and interpretations.
2nd Class then focused on looking at Mark Garry’s sand sculpture which the class discovered looked different from either side so gave a different interpretation as to what it looked like. We wondered how it might have been constructed – looking at the traces of the sand like material had it been poured in through the small hole we spotted? Or had it been put in and then sucked out so it looked like it was going up and down?
5th Class focused on the two artworks by the artist Adam Gibney. We looked at the elements in the work and tried to figure out how it worked – what linked with what part and how was it recording live imagery and distorting at the same time. That got us thinking about how if there is nobody looking or interacting with this artwork then it doesn’t work – so the viewer or person looking at the work is an important element of the work too. We noticed how the two artworks had some similarities but one was more advanced or like a better model. Like the IPhone 10 one suggested!!! The artist tried out different ways of making the artwork before getting to the best version or model.
After the exhibition visit each class group created their own artworks based on the idea of windows and portals in Sonia Shiel’s painting. Using layers of paper and come collage materials they explored the idea of two different landscapes or different times between the front layer and the back layer. Here’s some of the artworks.
Great excitement from the class today as we were continuing with sewing! Really surprised how enthusiastic the class were to get going! So I slowed them down by getting everyone to look at the the different steps in the sewing process we had learned last week – threading a needle, doubling the thread, knotting the thread, holding the knot and beginning by sewing a straight line – trying to get the stitches the same size and evenly spaced and then finishing with a double stitch. Everyone then did one line of stitching following through this process.
Then I introduced small patch of material to be sewn on by using a line of stitching that would go through both materials and sew them together. Trying to follow a line around the edge of the patch. That done we made the brave decision to move on to buttons – selecting a two hole button we looked at buttons on our clothes to see how they are sewn on. Sure it’s just wrapping it in and out and round and round one declared!
After break I explained how we were going to use our maps from our walkabout to work out a sewn design on calico – a light canvas material. We would first simplify the maps and draw the path/ route we had taken and then sew this in thread. Then over the coming weeks we will add different lines of stitching and sewn on material shapes and buttons to create a textile map. An ambitious plan for a class who have only picked up needle and thread for the first time last week!
Here’s an example of two sewn maps started today –
We began this week by reflecting on the constructions we had begun last week and looked at everyone’s different ideas and techniques they had used. Different ways on constructing using paper – cutting, tearing, folding, balancing, pleating, slotting, cutting into to make windows and doors, building stairs by gluing to the base and the wall. Great discoveries!
We talked about what everyone could now add to their castles – either inside with designs and furniture or outside maybe with malls, paths, bridges, gardens, decorations. And then we thought of flags! We would know who owned or lived in the castle! And of course we could add people too and looked at ways of folding the paper to make a cut out person stand.
Very busy morning as the class continued working on their constructions and adding to them. Also great sharing of ideas, working out of ideas and helping each other with holding and sticking. Including Gaia plaiting wool together for Lucy for her Rapunzel’s Tower so her golden hair would stretch all the way from where she was sitting downstairs up and through the tower window and into the garden!
Wow! What a session with 5th Class! I introduced that we would be doing sewing and stitching for the next couple of weeks – I wasn’t sure whether they had done any sewing or knitting before. Hands up immediately as different students talked about how their Granny/ Aunty/ Great Granny/ Great Aunty/ Mammy had shown them how to sew or fixed their clothes or made clothes or worked as seamstress – including my own Granny! Lovely sharing with the group and we noted how it was only the women who we had mentioned!
So I then explained simple stitching – beginning with thread and scrim (a material with holes in it but not as heavy as hessian). Doubling the thread and leaving a tail we tried just sewing a straight line along one side of the material. Everyone then threaded their own needle tried knotting the end. We practised a second line of stitching trying to get the stitches evenly sized and spaced and also doing a double stitch at the end. So then Danny suggested we would do our initials in stitches – exactly what I was planning. So with great enthusiasm the class sewed their initials.
Some of the class were unsure of whether they would be able to do sewing but tried and many surprised themselves that they could and not only that how well they could do it! Deeming themselves to be naturals! Tom surprised us all with his attention to the neatness of his stitching – he had spoken about his granny who sews and how proud she will be of him. He then told us how his ancestors made the carpet on the Titanic! So we reckon its in his blood!
Such a busy session unfortunately I did not get a chance to take images, will upload next week.
We began this week by reflecting on the relief maps we had created last week. We looked at some of the techniques we had used to build the 3d elements on the map and put words on those techniques – folding, bending, curling, rolling, sticking, balancing.
So today we were going to construct a 3d structure – would it be a house, castle or school? We talked about the different elements/ parts we would need to construct – a strong base (foundations), standing walls, doors, windows and roof. These could all be different shapes and sizes. The class got stuck in and 3d structures began to emerge from the bases! There was a lot of problem solving – as different students came across a structural problem and tried to work it out. After break we took some time to look at each others constructions – sharing ideas and discovering how others had resolved structural problems!
Once the main structure was standing we began to consider inside and out adding design features and internal structures – stairs and suspended floors!
Following on from last week we refreshed ourselves on our walking route from last week and all the information we had collected in drawings and rubbings. We began working on A2 size map putting in the different locations on the map and filling in the gaps and also through looking at the Google Satellite Map we put in street names and place names. Looking at some ancient World Maps and maps of Ireland we looked at design and using colour, line, shape and text to define the map from our own personal perspective and local knowledge of the area.
We then folded the maps and created individual covers so they will be personal maps. We will be using the design of these maps to work in fabric and fibre over the coming weeks.
We began today by talking about the maps we had started working on last week. Using the notebook of rubbings and drawing we had collected on our walkabout we could transfer these drawing onto the larger A2 map. First putting in starting and end point – the school and the castle we retraced our journey remembering the different things we saw and different textures we encountered.
Then we experimented with different ways of tearing, cutting, scrunching, rolling, folding paper to create different textures on our maps. Before long our maps grew and built up into relief maps and stand up features began to appear all around the classroom. We looked at each others ideas and discoveries and shared new techniques. A very busy morning of constructing with 2nd Class!