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Kids school and holiday art clubs

Cut-Up and Re-build Christmas – Day 2

Day two of our Christmas Art Course led by artist Abigail Hunt continued to push children’s ideas about what could be done with paper. Click here for information about Day 1.

Sabrina Smith-Noble began the day by encouraging children to warm up their minds and bodies. Children drew on each others back, then transferred the drawing onto paper, using their senses to interpret the marks on their back.

DSC_0004 DSC_0007We then worked as a large group on an activity that stretched our lateral thinking and ability to make connections between random images. Abigail gave children a stack of images and a choice of 2 words. The challenge was to find 6 images that could be connected by these words.

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The 6 images were arranged on a large strip of paper for all to see. It was interesting to see how the children’s brains worked in different ways to interpret the task.DSC_0025 DSC_0032 DSC_0033 DSC_0046DSC_0043DSC_0042DSC_0035We then split into 2 groups to work on a Christmas inspired activity, using old Christmas cards to make a more substantial piece of work.

Some more warm up activities got us thinking about how to use found images to make new work, and interesting connections.

The younger children used old christmas napkins and interpreted colours and shapes to extend the picture into something new.

DSC_0065 DSC_0085 DSC_0088 DSC_0090 DSC_0093Older children continued to look at magazines making new images from 2 others.

DSC_0056 DSC_0124 DSC_0121DSC_0125Both groups worked onto a wooden board to layer found images from Christmas cards with paint and collage material.

Younger children experimented with paint techniques to create a background.

DSC_0145DSC_0141 DSC_0144DSC_0146 DSC_0147 DSC_0188 DSC_0189 DSC_0190Transferred ideas onto a board.DSC_0154 DSC_0155 DSC_0148 DSC_0153

Then layered cut up christmas cards and other materials.

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DSC_0173 DSC_0174 DSC_0175 DSC_0176 DSC_0178 DSC_0181 DSC_0182 DSC_0187 DSC_0192The older group worked with a similar technique, often working systematically and purposefully to sort and layer images into their final work.

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DSC_0133 DSC_0135 DSC_0136 DSC_0140You may find one of these in your Christmas stocking this year!

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In a final splurge of creative chaos we worked together once more to make tiny puppets, morphed from pictures of creatures cut from animal encyclopedias and magazines.

DSC_0194 DSC_0196 DSC_0198 DSC_0199 DSC_0200 DSC_0205 DSC_0214 DSC_0215DSC_0222 DSC_0223 DSC_0224 DSC_0227We made crazy combinations and worked hard on our cutting skills to join pieces carefully and accurately.

We used double sided tape, cardboard strips and thin wire to make them into little puppets that could be move about and placed into scenes.

DSC_0256 DSC_0235 DSC_0247 DSC_0236Some of us started to create stories…but maybe you could continue this at home….

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