I worked with my last school for the coffin works yesterday at St Matthew’s C of E Primary School in Birmingham. The theme was to create images to celebrate everyone’s lives and uniqueness. Often when people pass away, we like to celebrate people’s lives and think about what made them unique and all of their idiosyncrasies. I had a wonderful day with the children and teacher listening to African music, painting, drawing and hearing about the children’s dreams, aspirations, hobbies, friends and favourite books. Here is the teacher’s artwork Tracey Adams, she is looking forward to seeing her work framed with the children’s at the coffin works launch in Sept 2014.
I have been commissioned by the Coffin Works (http://coffinworks.org) to work with
three schools to create artwork for their opening in September 2014. Coffin stamp designs were produced with St Edmunds Primary Catholic School in Birmingham. The children created prints of the stamp designs which will be framed.
I have recently finished a commission by The Infirmary (University of Worcester) and Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire. I produced a schools resource for making memory books in the classroom. Here is the front page, the project was piloted with a local school. Artwork was completed by children at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Worcester.
I have completed a regional resource on How to Make Memory Books for Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The resource was a joint arts and reminiscence initiative working with Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire and The Infirmary (University of Worcester). The resource provides practical solutions on how to plan a twelve week programme for age 50 plus. If you would like a copy of the resource then please contact The Infirmary, University of Worcester on 01905 542373.
This week, I have worked with three classes of seven year olds on Egypt. They created Egyptian Artefacts.
‘REFLECTIONS’ is now live at the Hive (Sawmill Walk, Worcester), do go and see it on Level 2 and recommend it to your friends. I have been lucky to be the lead artist in a ‘Reminiscence and well being project’ for the over 50’s. It is a partnership project between Age UK, The Infirmary and Worcester University. It will be touring to other venues across Worcestershire.
I will be facilitating a family learning workshop at the Hive in October on writing and illustrating miniature picture books, as part of the Beeline Children’s Storytelling Festival. So if you and your family are ‘bookworms’ then do come and join me and make your very own special book.
There are some exciting performances, workshops and a growing number of family shows. Authors and storytellers include Jane Ray, Christopher Wormell, Kevin Crossley Holland and Michael Kerins. Please visit: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/beeline-storytelling-festival
I have spent the last week at the magical Severn Valley Railway Museum, an absolute must for a family outing. We made trains from everyday waste materials in the heart of the museum, with train exhibits intermittently blowing steam and making mechanical noises. This activity was very popular with grandads and dads.
Today, I worked with reception years at King’s Hawford. We looked at the fabulous world of Mark Hearld for inspiration. We used tissue papers and oil pastels, to create marks and patterns for each bird.
I visited the idyllic Kings Hawford School again today, it was a morning of ‘chicken life drawing’. We enticed a chicken named ‘Cupcake’ inside the art room, our secret was to use chocolate biscuit crumbs. She made an excellent life model until she made her way to the art trolley, obviously feeling left out from all the wonderful art that was taking place.
Here are some of the finished chickens in watercolour, thanks Cupcake for providing us with inspiration. Well done Year 3’s.