Friday, 31 May 2013

Art and Maths at CBC Bradford - Post 1

Last week I delivered a great project at Carlton Bolling College in Bradford (CBC), alongside friend and Fingerpainter, Benjamin Rabe. Benjamin flew in from Germany to work on the project for four days. A rare treat for us! The project took maths, and more specifically tessellations and form as a starting point. We worked with twenty pupils, ten from CBC and ten from a local feeder school, Westminster Primary. Pupils paired up, year 3 children working with year 8 chidren and the team working and collaboration was fantastic.

Working at Cartwright Hall Gallery
On day two of the project we spent a day at Cartwright Hall sketching  from sculptural pieces withing the collection, with a view to creating collaborative works. We also spent a significant amount of time sketching from the amazing work of Sculptor Jake Harvey.

Stetching from Jake Harvey's Sketckbooks

The plan was to explore drawing and sketching using a variety of lo-tech and hi-tech approached, marker pen on cardboard, pencil on paper, finger on iPad and Wacom Tablets with Photoshop, to create images inspired by tessellations and Sculpture.

Bull / Minotaur inspired tessellation
Sketchbook Work
Sketchbook Page

Design from minotaur

Sketchbook Page

Friday, 17 May 2013

Day 002 at Reinwood I & N School

Portraits and iPad painting was the order of the day at Reinwood I & N School today. I was working with Year 2 children continuing the exploration of portraits as a way into painting on the iPad. Some beautiful drawing in both traditional and digital media were produced, with many of the children getting to grips with complex concepts when constructing images on the iPad. An unexpected likeness of Lennon and McCartney appeared during the morning session which made me smile!

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

iCollaborate Day 007 - into 3D

So today saw the introduction of 3D and construction into the mix, and as before i witnessed a whirlwind of activity. Throughout the day different groups worked on a collaborative painted construction, and what emerged from the process was an electric blue robot rabbit monster!

Friday, 10 May 2013

Day 001 at Reinwood I & N School - Mini Beasts

Yesterday was day one of a four day project at Reinwood Infant School exploring self portraits and mini beasts, with a view to making a short iPad animation with twenty seven year two children. Here are a few images of their starting points and initial sketches.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

iCollaborate Day006

Today was mostly about chalk and oil pastels, dinosaurs and zombies, storytelling through drawing, and some really great images. I am looking forward to next week already!

Duck and Dinosaur

Lion Snail

Family Playing

Fast Robot

T-Rex and the Zombie

Zombie Referee

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

iCollaborate Day 5

Another day of experimentation, sibling collaborations and parent/grandparent visits to the project. Lots of wonderful team work, experimental mark-making (including the Posca Pen chin technique (see below)), mixed media approaches, great conversations, enthusiasm and a huge creative buzz! Exhausted!

Thursday, 2 May 2013

iCollaborate Day 4

Another amazing day in Early Years at Littletown School. Full on productivity working with reception and nursery children, their siblings and parents. Working on paper, etch-a-sketches, iPads, cardboard and the outside play area. Materials included, chalk, paint, Posca pens, pencil, oil pastels and acrylic paint. Wonderful imagery and experimentation, along with collaborative working alongside peers, brothers and sisters and parents!
Sibling Collaborations

Five children and Me - a collaboration

Chalk based Collaboration

Parents, paper and iPads