I’ve spent four days out of the last two weeks running a workshop at Oakwood School in St Albans.
Using material left over from the London 2012 Olympics and working on the themes of ‘Legacy’ and ‘Recycling’ myself and Poplar class created a new creature, made up of lots of different creatures, that could recycle man-made material. Each child designed and made their own piece of the sculpture and we spent an exciting, nail-biting final few minutes as myself and two members of staff hoisted the final work between two trees in the playground in front of a cheering class.
It was great fun and the children were brilliant.
Full details here.
Second day of building at g39 in Cardiff over. That’s the frame built, tomorrow it gets wrapped in blackout cloth.
I ran a drawing workshop at Staffordshire University on Friday. The morning was a look at drawing in the loosest sense - drawing with objects and other materials. The idea was to use found materials as the starting point for the ‘drawing’ - how do they behave? What happens when you do certain things to them?
(the above was mine)
Then in the afternoon we used more traditional methods, but still looking at ideas of process, repetition and the medium dictating the form and structure of the drawing.
It was a really good day, the students were enthusiastic and really got into it, producing some great pieces of work.
’I’ve been following Rich’s practice since seeing his highly impressive work at CUBE in Manchester in 2008. His installations are often physically imposing forms that are unique in their raw materiality and truthfulness, forms that challenge how space is physically and socially produced within both the gallery and urban environment.’