Before I go onto talking about new works for this year, I just wanted to reflect on last year, show you some of the artworks produced by the amazing children I worked with. Working in four diverse schools across Bristol provided me with an amazing experience. Reflecting back on the year I learnt so much and picked up so many skills. It cemented my motive to teach and I know that teaching art is where I want to be. I want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone I worked with and the children I (hopefully!) inspired.
This week’s F.A.N workshop was Sculpture. We weren’t sure how the pupils would react to this task. It was quite “out there” for them, we only gave them descriptive words to work from and a whole load of materials to play around with and create something loosely based on the words describing natural forms. You know what though, they really enjoyed it! They got on with it straight away- got creative and went with the flow. This proves how far they have come from the first session, if we’d given them this task in the first week there’s no way they would have let loose so much.
I’m a bit late in posting, but before the Easter break we had a great workshop doing contemporary collage with the girls! I wanted to but the photos on here.
For more photos and a blog post by the lovely Caroline McDougall please have a look here: http://futureartistsnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/
Over the last couple of months I’ve been working on an extremely exciting project with fellow group members- Alisia Wilkins, Caroline McDougall, James Politano and Helen Rowland. We’ve created our organisation- Future Artists Nottingham! An organisation started together to work with schools, providing workshops that we hope will encourage pupils to further an art based subject post GCSE and to give them the chance to experience what it is like to study art at degree level. We’ve planned some exciting workshops over the next coming months working with a year 10 GCSE class at Nottingham Girls Academy. The penultimate workshop will be hosted at the Nottingham Trent University itself were we have organised a print screen workshop for the girls. The project will conclude with a fantastic display of the work done by the pupils. We have arranged for this exhibition to be held in the Atrium, Bonington Building, Nottingham Trent University. This is such a fantastic opportunity for these young girls and we are proud to play our part in it!
Last Tuesday was the first of the workshops! It was so exciting to get in there and start everything we had been planning! The workshop was a challenge for the girls as much as it was for us. It was all worth it though, to be there in the classroom experiencing it all first hand!
We have started a blog for all the workshops which can be found here: http://futureartistsnottingham.blogspot.co.uk/
The majority of the projects experiences with the class will be posted on there however I wanted to mention it and may keep updating a little with photographs on here.