The Club was formed of a group of 9-16 year olds and they experimented with different materials all week to make several very different pieces.
There was a long roll of paper running along the floor and up to the ceiling covered with doodles and drawings which had been collaborated on by the whole group. There were mini conversations and jokes along the page which felt like a journey through their thoughts. There were jokes about teachers and a friendly argument about Fortnite.
The participants had made block prints which they had used in repeats to make patterns.
One of my favourites was this print of pineapples and cacti.
I also liked this one which had been overprinted with itself to create a cool punky effect.
Another set of projects had been to make cardboard sculptures. In one corner of the room was this large geometric sculpture.
This giant cardboard sculpture looked like a fort and actually there were a couple of small children sitting in the hidey holes at the bottom
The group had also worked on smaller sculptures of buildings and trees.
Around the room were also lots of still life drawings and portraits. Some of them were quite abstract and others were very clear and had a close eye on detail. I liked the difference between the shadowy figure compared to the bright background in this drawing, it made the image really pop.
The artist’s work on these portraits embraced experimenting with different drawing techniques like stippling and continuous line.
I thought this exhibition was really good to see as it is unusual for younger artists to get the opportunity to show work in galleries outside of school projects. We have also had a really great response to YEA Plymouth’s callout for young artists’ independent work which really shows how interested young people are in participating in arts projects and showing their work off. I hope that these sorts of opportunities keep taking place around the city and that I can take part in creating more of them.
This morning I went to my second week of NA&DSC and we went on a trip to see the exhibitions at the Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth University.
First we visited the Masters 2016 room and it was full of intriguing work. The highlights for me as a young artist interested in illustration were Chrissy Vale’s colourful comic characters which have a clean and simple style and Ashley Turner’s Onnen Design prints of animals and plants in pen, pencil, watercolour and gouache. I also liked Tim Gundry’s drone photography photos, which give an unusual view on ordinary buildings so that they look like they came out of a videogame.
Before we went to Plymouth University, we stopped by PCA’s This Is Now exhibition which had retro TVs showing videos from the 1980’s. Some of them were catchymusicvideos which I really enjoyed.
Our group then headed to the University’s Peninsula Gallery which had an exhibit called Searching for Genius by Douglas Gordon. Most of the art was quite creepy, especially the photographs of people with the eyes and mouths burnt away. Upstairs there was another exhibit called Edge of Collapse which featured art by Clare Thornton, Victoria Walters (her page was unfortunately offline when I checked) and Jamie House, who was my film tutor for my art group last year. Victoria was there when we visited so she talked to us about the different pieces and explained how her sculpture was inspired by ground swells in the ocean. Clare’s work only used only a few different colours in clay and leather but they looked beautiful. My favourite piece of hers was made using jelly moulds! Jamie’s piece was made using an electrical drawing machine, and the result was a unique pattern scorched into paper.
We went back to the pre-degree centre where I met up with my mum and the two of us headed straight back out to more Weekender events, which I will cover in my next post as I have seen so much today I can’t fit it all in here!
From 2015-2016 I was a member of the Saturday Young Arts Club at the Plymouth College of Art. The course was 25 weeks long, split into five chunks with a different subject each time. My student ambassador was metalsmith Luke Axworthy who has a studio at Flameworks.
The first section was Fashion with Sharon Morgan, fashion tutor and milliner (twitter). The students made patterned fabric using screen printing ink freehand on cotton, and I chose to do a zig zag design. I used a sewing machine to create a pencil case and a phone case with my colourful fabric.
Sharon also asked us to come up with fashion label ideas. I used KitBIT because at the time it was my username for videogames. I took it further by actually designing items for the label in my sketchbook.
The designs I created were videogame influenced because I enjoy gaming but I can rarely find clothing and accessories to express that.
The next section was Animation with Jamie House. We watched the shorts Dots by Norman McLaren and Black Dotsby Luana Veloso. We used DSLR cameras on tripods to take photos of our own drawings as we added to them. Our next project was to draw shapes and objects then cut them out and make an animation by rearranging them on a background. I chose to use coloured dots and I made them interact and glide around. Then we moved on to working in teams, and I worked with a few of the other students who I had made friends with. We made an animation using the same technique as our last project, but instead of on a paper background we were allowed to animate with blue tack on a wall. In our animation we had Homer Simpson open his mouth and eat doughnuts flying towards him. He then closed his mouth again and because he ate so many he blew up! Part of our project was to use a person, so we talked about which one of our group would wipe the doughnut remains off the wall, pull a disgusted face and walk away (I was nominated..) After we finished animating we used iMovie to add music.
Finally, for our last project all of my team starred in the animation. It was about a girl who travelled through time using a ‘Chairlorean’ (Flux Capacitor included) and had to run away from freaky future people. She manages to get back to the Chairlorean and ended up getting stuck in the past. For the futuristic people we just wore our clothes oddly and to show the time travelling girl was in the past I drew an old newspaper as a prop. Again, we edited on titles and music after. I’m not sure where my films from this part of the course are unfortunately but if I find them I will try and upload them.
The third section of the course was Experimental Drawing, Printmaking and Sculpture with Janine Rook. This section was very interesting because I tried out some new techniques for the first time and really enjoyed them. We drew on pieces of different kinds of paper and stuck them onto a large sheet of thick paper in a collage, made sculptures by twisting long wires, and created odd and slightly creepy sculptures by taking three plaster moulds of parts of our hands then sticking them together with more plaster, using glue and paper to decorate them.
I was a member of Plymouth College of Art Young Arts Club 2015-16. One project we did was to design a t-shirt for a competition run by the National Aquarium. The workshop was led by graphic designer Terry Maughan (early 2015).
Seahorse in seagrass design
The fourth section of the course was Graphic Design with Terry Maughan. We entered a competition to come up with t-shirt designs for The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. The winning designs would be printed and put on sale to raise money for the Community Seagrass Initiative (CSI) which helps preserve seagrass which is the seahorses habitat. We were advised to research surf fashion and tattoos because they have a popular and contemporary style. I did that and I also researched seahorses and seagrass.
Finally, for the last section of the Saturday Arts Club course, we did fashion again with Sharon Morgan and this time we made hats. We started by soaking bamboo millinery net in water then moulding it into the shape we wanted on a hatblock. We had to pin the corners down, and I used glue to bond three layers of net together for strength, then left it to set. Next I trimmed the sides to create a semi-spherical shape then stitched on a piece of elastic to hold the hat on a head. I cut out pieces of fabric and layered them to make a flower and sewed them to the hat with beads in the centre. I arranged a piece of floral lace around the hat edge and glued it on and added a feather. I used black net and chose different patterned fabrics in shades that matched with the feather.
Our hats were displayed at the Graduate Show at the College in the Young Arts Club room. It was the first time I had my work displayed at an exhibition and it felt amazing. I visited the room twice on different days and I was impressed by all the other young people’s work. There were some great mural designs on large sheets of paper and I also really liked a section of printed tote bags. We were all given a Certificate for having attended for the year.
Over the summer I thought a lot about the course and I wanted to join in again this year 2016-2017. I found out about a scheme called the National Art and Design Saturday Club with only twenty places locally for 14-16 year olds who “demonstrate commitment and passion for art and design”. I applied and I had to have a reference and fill in a personal statement, which I had never done before and so I was very nervous about it.
I am really pleased to say that I got a place in NA&DSC and I had my first session last week! First we looked around the new Pre-degree center of the Plymouth College of Art, then we met our tutor and drew self-portraits from pictures and mirrors. I used a mirror because I felt it was more challenging for me. I have tried to draw realistic self-portraits in the past but didn’t really like doing it, but this time it was more enjoyable because I had more support and I was working in a room with other artists. I am really looking forward to next week’s session!