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.
We began by recapping on last week’s session and to further our explorations on ideas of small we began thinking of words for small – so we had
Small, Little, Baby, Mini, Tiny, Teeny, Tinchy, Winchy, and Wintzy!
Then everyone got a magnifying glass to look more closely at the sycamore seeds we had collected last week. When we moved the magnifying glass back and forward we could see lines, patterns and textures on the small seeds. We made some drawings of the seeds putting in details.
We then moved on to looking at some apples – looking at them with the magnifying glass we could see spots, and dots and lines and stripes of colour. We began drawings of the outside of the apple. We then cut the apples in different ways to reveal the inside of the apple. What different colours, patterns, shapes and textures there were inside. Then we found some seeds inside so we decided to try and cut the seeds in half and see what was inside them. With the help of our magnifying glass we could see white spongy lines inside the seeds. We did some more drawings of the tiny seeds. To finish we used the colour pencils to make colour samples – using one colour on top of the other to get different tones of the reds, yellows and greens of the apples.
After breaks we looked at some close up images of different animal skins – we all got a little bit confused between the giraffes, cheetah, leopard and jaguar skins! (Claire will have to do some animal skin homework!)
This year 5th and 6th Class have been amalgamated into one big class of 28 students with Mr.Barry as their class teacher. As I have been with both of these class groups since they were in Senior Infants we began today by having We Remember Creativity in the Classroom! Project we have worked on over the last number of years!
We are going to be visiting artist Aideen Barry‘s exhibition Slice, Vast, Deep at the Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon in a couple of weeks. Aideen is inspired by books, the world of imagination and other worlds within books and how in a library there world of imagination can be opened up by the thousands of books in the library! We talked about some of our favourite books and the worlds of imagination within.
So then we closed our eyes and imagined ourselves out as sea….drifting out to the horizon, up and down on the gentle waves, sun shining down as we drift across the sea. Then the wind begins to pick up….the clouds begin to gather….the sun disappears behind the gathering clouds….the rain begins…..the mists gather….So using some graphite the class began to recreate this experience through using a various marks to create expressive drawings of the storm and the gathering mists.
As the clouds begin to break we can see a light…..something has appeared beyond the mist…..like going through a portal.
Using putty rubbers we created spaces like holes in the drawing and using gel pens we drew in the otherworlds we were beginning to see beyond…..
Back to School with Senior Infants with their new teacher Ms.Comyn!! Great to see Senior Infants again so we began by remembering what we had worked on in Junior Infants and our exhibition visit to the LexIcon. As we are going to be visiting Aideen Barry’s exhibition Slice, Vast, Deep at the Municipal Gallery at the dlr LexIcon in a couple of weeks I explained how her artwork is about teeny tiny things and huge things. So we had a quick chat about big and small to get us thinking before we went for a walk around the field. Armed with pencils and notebooks (which we made ourselves) we went exploring the field for small things and huge things! Making some drawings of what we found! After break we opened up our notebooks so they looked like a map and we drew the route we had taken around the field and everything we had seen on the way!
Great work Senior Infants and looking forward to the next few weeks exploring further!
Great excitement this week as both the Junior Infants and Senior Infants visited the Song of the Sea exhibition at dlr LexIcon Municipal Gallery in Dún Laoghaire. And what an exciting start to the day as the Garda Community bus collected the children and even put on the siren for them!
“Song of the Sea is a visually stunning and moving story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. This interactive, multi-media exhibition of original drawings, prints, storyboards and , animation, music and scene-realisation provides an imaginative and accessible insight into the movie- making process and reveals what was involved in creating this Oscar nominated film.”
We had a chat about one of the storyboards looking at the different pictures and noticing that the same images were repeated and the same characters were shown in different positions – this helped us to understand how an animation is made. We talked about their favourite cartoons and how the character eg. Spongebob looks the same throughout a film so the animators have to draw him the same in each scene. We also remembered the monsters and landscapes we had made and how this was kind of like making a scene in a cartoon because we also had a character, a friend and a background.
We looked at the drawings and paintings that were done on glass also and counted the layers in the picture to see how it was put together. Then we returned to the project room where we made our own stories on concertina books using patterned papers for the backgrounds and came up with a story with a character that would be in the story and repeated through the pages. Beautiful work by both the Junior Infants and Senior Infants and a really enjoyable morning at the LexIcon!
We had invited in the parents of Junior and Senior Infants to participate in our workshop and help us to finish our scenes. Last week we had made our monsters with moving arms and bouncy legs and now we needed to do the background and add elements to these models and maybe to add some friends. We had a great turn out of parents for both classes and all the parents got stuck in very quickly and we had two very busy workshops and some great creative and imaginative work. The children were able to explain to their parents how they had made their monster and how they might make another one and add to it. At the end we asked a few of the class to tell us a little bit about what they had made and how they had worked with their parents and who made the decisions etc!
I had planned these workshops in preparation for our visit to Song of the Sea exhibition we will be visiting at dlr LexIcon Municipal Gallery so that the children can begin to see how animations are planned with moving parts and planning the background and context of a character.
A great morning had by all! And everyone was very proud of their creations!
Junior Infants’ and Parents’ Workshop
Senior Infants’ and Parents’ Workshop