Thursday, 25 November 2010

Stonehill School Wednesday Art Club - looking at perspective and crazy worlds

The Wednesday Art club that I have started at Stonehill School in Letchworth Garden City is a group of 12 students aged from Year 3 - Year 6. Its an art club that's running for an initial six weeks. I hope to be able to deliver it as a rolling programme there and at other schools locally too. It is partly funded by the children and Extended Schools Programme. The first week was spent cutting paper, making little bowls that then transformed to creatures: turtles and puppies and even to a boxing glove and a chef's hat!! The emphasis of the club is to have a theme that runs through it, but with pupil lead creativity so that they get the chance to let their ideas grow and develop.The loosest part of the theme is that its all paper that we are using, the main theme being imaginary worlds, creatures and places. So far its just been the best fun. I have worked at Stonehill before and was keeping my fingers crossed to have the chance again. I really like the school, the staff and the children.

Stonehill School Wednesday Art Club - room set drawings and imaginary places

The children were given a template that I had cut out and prepared. We looked at the drawings at that we had worked on last week and wediscussd  all the rooms or views they could do. Some were drawn to interiors, bedrooms and places whilst others jumped straight into bridges and landscapes. It was entirely their choice. I helped them with scale and  a few pointers for other objects to draw. It worked so well. I was completely chuffed to see what they achieved in just an HOUR!!!amazing. The children at Stonehill are so lovely and this session was exactly why I like working with children and giving them the chance to push their own innate creativity forward with help from me. Its a joy to see their work.

Stonehill School Wednesday Art Club - imaginary world sets

Here are some more of the pupils fantastic little imaginary world sets.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Some picures of the new work at Byard Art, Cambridge

Top: "Autumn Jesus green trees"
" Blue door and the Bicycle"
"Cambridge window and the roses" - detail
"Cambridge Window and the Roses"
All images are copyright of Vanessa Stone 2010

Thursday, 11 November 2010

New Cambridge cuts for Byard Art

I was reading today on a vid on Youtube, that of the 200,000,000 blogs about the world, many are posted on daily. Hmmmnnnn... I dont seem to be keeping up with the Jones'!! Somehow I dont sems to grab enough time to get some posts done - I am too busy juggling different heads I reckon, so that the days roll on by. Mind you just lately I have been working like a mad thing - getting new St. Alban's cuts done and the paper poems for Letchworth Art Centre and now I have got a few new pieces for Byard Art for the "Christmas Cracker" exhibition thats due to start on November 27th. One of these - the Cambridge window has grown from being a pure black and white to including the coloured papers underneath the cut. It never felt finished before, looked too stark and too much like just a pattern, a collection of lines. It just seemed attractive and that was that. Adding the colour makes a difference though. I want to know about the window... want to know what goes on in that house... who peeks from beind those curtains? Whats the life that going on beyond the pane of glass.......