Today we reviewed the finished drawing and discussed what materials we used such as rice, coloured oil pastels, black paper and cut out cardboard shapes of cubes, circles, triangles. We also discussed what processes were used including a rubbing technique known as Frottage. Then, using small A3 black paper, we drew dots using white China pencils and then randomly folded the paper with the assistance of the teacher. We opened up the paper and drew white lines along the folded lines as best as we could. Then drew circles where the folded lines meet each other and coloured in the circles. We then discussed the differences in materials and processes used between the two drawings.
The group loved working in large-scale paper but next time, they would like to draw on a smaller scale. After viewing the smaller versions of the large drawing, there is much more variation in mark making and more interesting compositions.
Throughout the course, I couldn’t see the details of the pictures when the students were showing me their pictures close up to the camera so the teacher documented and emailed dates pictures during the workshops.
Today was an exciting day as I visited the group and Jo Holmwood from Kids Own Publishing Partnership Ltd joined us. We began with a critique of the drawing thus far and decided that the drawing needed more circles and colour so we drew lines between the circles and horizontal and vertical lines that travelled in-between the circles. Some members of the group found drawing these longer lines difficult. Then the group reflected again and thought more colour was needed so we drew circles around the other circles. The group thought the artwork looked like space with stars and planets.
VIRTUALLY THERE is a project that is managed and designed by Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership. Virtually There is a long-term virtual artist in residence programme, connecting professional artists in their studios with school children and teachers in the classroom through the use of virtual technologies.
The project supports the development of long-term artist–teacher partnerships and offers a framework for enquiry- and arts-based learning for children in schools in Kilkenny, Longford, Sligo and Tralee.
The Virtually There project is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and delivered in collaboration with Kilkenny Education Centre, Leitrim Education Centre, Sligo Education Centre and The Education Centre, Tralee. Virtually There is also taking place in ten schools across Northern Ireland. Visit our Virtually There Northern Ireland project website.