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!
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!
This week Ms.Comyn’s Senior Infants and Mr.Barry’s 5th and 6th Class came to visit Aideen Barry’s exhibition Slice, Vast, Deep at Muncipal Gallery, DLR Lexicon. I had spoken a little bit about the artist last week and some of the themes and ideas in her work. We had talked about how she is interested in the library as a world full of books and each book containing another world, the idea of the otherworld and being transported to another world, dream worlds or worlds of imagination through portals.
With Senior Infants we had talked about and explored the ideas of big and small/ micro and macro that are in the exhibition. We talked about how the work is made how Aideen Barry is a multi-media artist, this means she works with different materials and technology which you would not think an artist would use. Senior Infants really enjoyed the moving projections on the drawings and how the animations interacted with the drawings. So much so that when we were in the Project Room doing our own drawings Evan thought it would be good to see his drawing animated so we tried out projecting Aideen’s animations onto our drawings to see how they interacted with our drawings.
5th and 6th Class were also interested in the projections on the drawings and how portals into the uncanny moving body parts under the drawing of the mountain. Leyton remembered how it was like the drawings we had done the first week using graphite and creating holes and portals in our drawings into the otherworld. After looking at the exhibition 5th and 6th Class created their own pop up buildings and mini cities and some worked on concertina books.
Very enjoyable morning with the two class groups at the Lexicon!
Following on from last weeks expressive drawings from imagination we had begun drawing imaginary worlds. To follow on with this and looking at drawing scale drawings I thought it might be a good idea to give some help and skills on drawing in perspective so the group can create their imaginary worlds. Also it was a beautiful day and the class were quite restless so I thought it would be a good idea to take a breather and take in some perspective in our surrounding environment.
So we worked on some basic one point perspective drawings with road disappearing onto the horizon and line of trees decreasing in size following line of perspective. The class worked well on these drawings although a few struggled with getting the trees to stand up by having them perpendicular to the bottom of the paper or parallel to the sides. We repeated this a number of times to try and get the drawings working. We then used these skills out in the field beside the school – finding the line of the horizon, vanishing point and drawing in lines of perspective. The session was a little frenetic as this is a big class group and there is a big mix of personality in the two class groups.
We finished by getting the class group to stand in perspective and use their shadows to emphasis the line of perspective.
And then we had a chat about our visit to Aideen Barry’s exhibition at Muncipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon next week.