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Kids school and holiday art clubs

Rebel Art School – Day 1

At the Rebel Art School this Easter we aimed to examine the nature of rules and how breaking them can help fuel creativity, and lead us to approach art making from fresh angles.



Artist Kate Squires took us on a creative adventure into materials and processes inspiring us to make sculptures, performative work and installation.


We began day one with two stations that invited us to collaborate and explore the potential of very simple materials.

Cut, Fold, Draw, Stick was a game which forced us to work together to change the appearance of a  piece of coloured card with 4 simple actions.

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The paper was passed round the circle and each participant gave the next an instruction to cut, stick, fold or draw.

The card changed shapeDSC_0335DSC_0343 DSC_0357

Changed functionDSC_0360

and became more sculptural.DSC_0361 DSC_0374The activity was fast paced, making the children think quickly and adapt to each new situation as it was presented to them.


The second station involved paper cups. First the children had to draw on the cup while it was attached to their ear forcing them to look around them whilst drawing; shifting the perception of their surroundings.DSC_0308 DSC_0310DSC_0313

They cut along the marks they had made, transforming the cup into something new and more sculptural.DSC_0332DSC_0340

They could use tape to re-join elements and make new forms.DSC_0346 DSC_0347

They became wearable items DSC_0352 DSC_0354 DSC_0355

and interesting sculptural pieces.DSC_0366 DSC_0369 DSC_0370 DSC_0382

The next activity asked us to think more deeply about rules. We explored new ways to use a pencil to make drawings.DSC_0383 DSC_0384

With our foreheadDSC_0387

Mouth, and many other ways.DSC_0388

We wrote some new rules and then tried to abide by them.DSC_0389 DSC_0391 DSC_0392

Shoe laces became compassesDSC_0393

and elaborate mechanisms were created when we added string into the mix.DSC_0400 DSC_0401

The children began to make drawing machines.DSC_0404 DSC_0405 DSC_0407 DSC_0410

These in turn became sculptures of their own!DSC_0423 DSC_0428

The lines between function and form became slippery!

DSC_0429 We were solving our own problems and developing ingenuity.DSC_0431



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We finished the morning with a group crib of our work, which we hung from lines suspended across our working space.DSC_0449 DSC_0453IMG_4528 IMG_4530

We demonstrated our mechanisms and discussed our ideas.DSC_0509DSC_0458

After lunch we continued our investigation into rules, we worked with new partners and new combinations of materials, setting each other challenges to build according to certain sets of rules.

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As we worked, Kate threw a few metaphorical ‘spanners’ into the works. Giving time limits, asking pairs to join things together or work silently with limited communication.DSC_0493

Sculptures shifted continually, changing function and form as they developed and the children adapted to each new restriction. Sometimes they understandably resisted the restrictions, but where they pushed themselves  - really interesting work emerged.DSC_0510 DSC_0515

Kate gave out rosettes to everyone to reward their efforts!DSC_0519 DSC_0520 DSC_0522 DSC_0525 DSC_0533 DSC_0536

W e look forward to more rebellious rule breaking tomorrow!


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