ArtLab is working with Primary Schools in the Reading area on our summer school programme. The students come to the University of Reading Art Department and, with the guidance of students at the University, experiment with new techniques of making art, new technologies and creative ways of thinking. The day consists of three activities: Selfie Sphere, Making Moves, and Listen and Draw.
On Friday the 28th of June, my group started with the “Selfie Sphere” – creating self-portraits and taking 360 degree photos. Everyone seemed fairly comfortable with the drawings, the group was pretty relaxed and got on with their drawings happily. When we started taking photos, we introduced fabrics which the students wrapped around themselves. We had a lot of creative fun starting the day.
Next was “Making Moves” – creating stories, sculptures and 3d scans. This activity seemed a bit challenging to some of the students, as they tried to create sculptures. Most people worked alone this time, experimenting with different sculptures. I tried to show off the 3D scanning, but only one pair successfully scanned in a piece. I learned about time management from this session.
Our last session was “Listen and Draw” – a silent disco making drawings to Sound Art. This session went very smoothly. The students seemed to enjoy the sounds we provided, and we gave them the chance to choose some songs to work to. We also had Kassie’s Damson Cisor speaker, which was very exciting as we experimented playing music on different surfaces.
Finally, we took our self portrait masks and led a parade down the Art Department and the students took a big class photo together.
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