Category Archives: Holy Family N.S, Monkstown
It seems like we have been working on these stitched maps for weeks! In some ways the weeks have been a little disjointed and with the midterm in the middle too! So it was decided that we would bring them to a finish today. We tried to get settled down and make decisions on what we could get done in the two hour session. As one student said – “Two hours? It feels like you are only here for five minutes! Each week flies by!” So while everyone in the class (nearly all) are engaged in the stitching and are very proud of what they have created we agreed we need to complete these pieces and move on to a different piece.
So here are some of the completed maps. They are really beautiful and some very proud students too!!!
Over the last 6 weeks we have been working on paper constructions and looking at different construction techniques. We have made houses, castles, gardens and haunted houses with some pop out elements. So this week we were going to make constructions of a figure that could move. We discussed the difference between houses and people – in a very funny conversation we decided that –
Houses can’t move, walk, talk, make sounds. Houses don’t have hair, they don’t get their haircut, have clothes.
We then looked at ourselves at how our arms and legs move, how our elbows and knees bend. I showed the class brass fasteners/ split pins and we looked at how they could be used to join eg. arms to a body and still move. So we made simple body shapes in heavy card and cut out leg and arms shapes to attach. We now had moving figures! They were alive! It was time to make each figure individual like us and decide on hair, clothes, shoes. We discussed who each figure was and that helped decide what clothes they were going to wear. Such a busy morning and 2nd Class worked really hard so no time to get images of their constructions so far!
It was two weeks since we had been working on our stitched maps as last week we had visited the Sea Change exhibition at dlr LexIcon. So we began by seeing where we were at, how much progress we had made and making decisions about what part we were going to work on next. Some of the class had missed the first week of working on the stitched maps so we looked at some example and got everyone started and working away creating lines of stitching along the paths/ routes and then selecting fabrics that would work for the different places we visited – the school, field, castle, blue pool, houses and trees.
The class worked hard today and some while they found it difficult worked away and made great progress. It seems as they add to the map the more they would like to add! It is slow progress but the class are enthusiastic and sticking with it!
Here above is some examples so far.
We began this week by reflecting on our visit to the Sea Change exhibition we had visited at dlr LexIcon last Thursday. We talked about the artworks we had made using cut out windows and doors to link the inside and outside. So building on our explorations in 3D paper construction over the last number of weeks and linking this with the artworks from last week AND linking with Halloween – today we made Spoooky Halloweeeeeen! Houses. We worked on different sheets of card layering them to create an inside, then attached an outside, stapled at the side so we could open up and see inside. Lastly we stuck them to a background sky and we are going to add some more spooky things!
To link the inside and outside we cut out windows and doors and then to create some scary surprises we made some pop out parts – eg. floating ghosts and flying bats and headless zombies popping out!
A very busy morning with 2nd Class! Happy Halloween!
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 are some of the artworks!