t felt like old times, just recently when I was invited to spend some time back at the Primary School I used to volunteer in when I first became interested in running Art and Design Workshops. I had a fabulous morning with year 5 creating colourful chameleons, whilst they inadvertently learned techniques of shading and creating light and dark using various media, as well as experimenting with new techniques such as adding salt to their watercolours. A lovely, fun session was had by all and some beautiful work was produced. Well done to all the brilliant young artists involved! It was a privilege as ever, to witness the joy and enthusiasm young children demonstrate when allowed to be truly creative. (And messy!)
My young adults classes have been exploring the theme of 'Flight' this term and this week we decided to take a slightly different view of our subject. I asked them to consider the view FROM flight, what they might see, how different it may seem from their usual perspective and to try to incorporate not only a representation of that view into their artwork, but also a sense of the feeling that might be had during a flight. We discussed interpreting emotion through colour. Calmness and quietness for example as suggested by one student or panic and terror as suggested by another!
Our workshop began with an introduction to Google Earth. Many of the students had not explored in this way before and were engrossed within minutes, finding their own homes, zooming out to see how abstract they became from a distance and travelling about the globe to far off lands. We each chose a scene on google earth and created some artwork based on that view. We had already discussed the work of many artists who had created aerial views before us, and many students were inspired to attempt similar styles to Sallie Bowen , Maria Zanetta and Jimmy Quek.
As ever I was delighted by the infectious enthusiasm of the young artists in the workshop and the standard of work they produced reflected their enjoyment of the morning. Very well done to everybody!