This week I worked with Holy Trinity School in Essex for their arts week. I worked with the whole school of 4 to 11 yr olds over 2 days making paper cut portraits. On the last day we put them all together and made a time lapse film. You can see the film here. These are just a handful of the 250 portraits that were made. Every single one is different and they all looked awesome put together, representing the whole school.
Last Thursday was the first meeting of Aycorn east, arts and young children regional network. I delivered a workshop alongside presentations by Charlottle Arculus of Magic Adventure and Joy Haynes of Norwich Puppet Theatre.
In the east of England we have a wealth of enthusiasm, expertise and appetite for high quality early years arts practice, across all art forms. This network will hopefully grow to include other venues, artists, nurseries and organisations with passion for this exciting and crucial sector.
You can find Aycorn East on Facebook and Twitter to get updates on future events.
This photo was taken near the end of my workshop. We are all lying on the floor looking up at the extraordinary "thing" we have just made. Tower workshops are not only a great way to work with young children but are a fantastic team building, ice breaking, mind opening activity for everyone.
Drawing by just feeling
Drawing an object as a map of a landscape
Drawing without line
Beautiful objects from the handling collection at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich
A thought provoking session at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts looking at people affected by war and building a paper monument to them.
..we asked the parents what they thought they – and their children – had got out of Artbase. Here are just a few of their comments.
I had the pleasure this week of visiting The Parkside School in Norwich during their arts week. There was loads of activities going on. I worked with 4 groups on expressive mark making. I took them through some warm up activities before we started on the BIG painting. There was sponging, scraping, dragging, smearing and of course squirting and dribbling paint. All the groups thoroughly explored the potential of paint and enjoyed the complicité of making a group piece. We made time lapses films of the painting which I will hopefully be able to post here later. I was very lucky to be in a room that had wipe clean walls and a very accommodating teacher, as we made quite a mess!