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.
The paper was passed round the circle and each participant gave the next an instruction to cut, stick, fold or draw.
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.
The lines between function and form became slippery!
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.
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.
W e look forward to more rebellious rule breaking tomorrow!