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Kids school and holiday art clubs

Festive Focus – day 1

To kick off day one of Festive Focus, our Christmas holiday art course for 2016, Marysa Dowling introduced the children to her own photographic practice.

They looked at how different parts of our body can express emotion – i.e. the hands.dsc_0005

They looked at Marysa’s ongoing project, The Movement of an Object, in which Marysa has travelled the world, working with different groups of people, photographing them with the same blue bag.dsc_0009

They also looked at her recent project for Tate in which groups used house hold objects to transform themselves into sculptures, then were photographed.dsc_0012 dsc_0014

Children then experimented with the blue bag project, taking it in turns to direct and photograph an image. dsc_0017 dsc_0019

How many things can you do with the same blue bag!dsc_0026 dsc_0033 dsc_0034 dsc_0037 dsc_0040 dsc_0042

The children created some really interesting portraits.
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…and were quite creative; playing with scale, angles and distance.

The bags became balls, hats, hair ties…dsc_0173boxing gloves, shoes and parachutesdsc_0175 dsc_8905 dsc_8907

We then went inside to experiment some more with pose and expression.


Using different expressions the children worked in pairs to create various moods.dsc_0050 dsc_0052 dsc_0058

They had emoji sheets to help them with ideas.dsc_0060

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We went on to talk about using props to create a simple story that could be told through 4 simple shots.dsc_0069

We set some of our images to print while we got making our props.dsc_0071 dsc_0079 dsc_0082 dsc_0084 dsc_0085 dsc_0091 dsc_0101

We were photographing all the time!dsc_0103

A little festive sparkle began to creep in as some of us turned into Christmas trees!dsc_0105 dsc_0107 dsc_0112 dsc_0121 dsc_0124 dsc_0125

We were having fun working together and solving problems.dsc_0126 dsc_0130 dsc_0134 dsc_0139 dsc_0140

Our characters and stories began to take shape.dsc_0145 dsc_0149 dsc_0155

We then moved to our makeshift photographic studio.dsc_0157

We took a look at the photographs we made earlier and thought about what made a good image and how it could be improved.dsc_0164 dsc_0165

Low angles make us look powerful!dsc_0178

We started to compose our shots to tell our simple story.dsc_0193 dsc_0195 dsc_0197 dsc_0198 dsc_0200

We took it in turns to work with Marysa with the studio lights and cameras. We helped her direct the shots.dsc_0202 dsc_0206 dsc_0212 dsc_0213 dsc_0217 dsc_0226 dsc_0229 dsc_0232

While we waited we rehearsed our shots and made a story board drawing.dsc_0233

We took photo’s of our props.dsc_0243 dsc_0244Tomorrow we will look at how these shots came out, then work on making ourselves into sculptures and try some photo manipulation and collage.



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