We started this morning with a shower – we needed to dampen and ink a large sheet of paper before the group arrived. We thought a few spots of rain might help, but it didn’t rain. Zoe pretended to be a rain shower, but this seemed to be a message to the heavens to open, and within minutes the deluge of rain melted our ink away!
The rain did stop in time for lunch!
So, it is day four of Art Camp and the group are all involved in personal projects, many coming equipped with objects and ideas to store in their work.
Individual conversations have identified a range of directions the children want to go in, so boats and gliders are being constructed, boxes decorated and embellished, stories being told – really imaginative responses to ideas and materials.
Zoe did some lovely atmospheric photography, getting close to the details around a very busy studio space!
Fragments of driftwood become sailing ships on the high seas, boxes made more precious, containers full of intrigue
And two large inked papers, a seascape and a landscape, conveying a sense of flying in the air and looking down on the world below…..
Wednesday already, day three and another busy day full of activity and exploration. Printmaking all morning so the room was soon filled with the sounds of ink being rolled! We worked with mono-printing and press print and created imagery inspired by the sea and the boats made yesterday.
Just before lunch we created a watery environment, thinking about Peter Lanyon’s love of gliding, and aiming to make an image of looking at the earth from the air. We used Brusho granules dissolved with drops of water. A little tiny bit of rain helped. Hard to believe, but we wanted the rain to fall at this point – and we only had a few spots!
We placed some boats on the inked paper. A lovely white origami boat became beautifully soaked with ink. Following lunch, we looked at the idea of creating a tiny self portrait, a little representation of themselves, that could be placed in the gallery, looking at their favourite painting. We enjoyed a new word – feckling! We used pegs, wire, tape and sticky vinyl and we ‘feckled’ our people into being! In other words, we made the materials work!
Zoe is feckling with such concentration and our other Zoe created a figure wearing a wonderful interpretation of her stripy jumper! As we feckled, we all began to consider our own unique idea about what we would like to create before the end of the week. Individual conversations with Julian led to the group starting to gather ideas and explore materials.
Ben is beginning to build a boat with driftwood and Coco’s figure is wearing the stripes from Patrick Heron’s painting at the end of another great day.
Day Two began with two of the young artists bringing work and special things in from home to share, and then we all got busy working with thicker wire to create the feeling of flowing, curving, pushing, pulling and spiralling shapes.
These were then attached to the central spiral, at the centre of which we placed a roll of white paper to create lovely shadows. The kinetic curves shifted slightly with our movements in the space!
This became a focus for drawing with paint, working on long lengths of paper exploring mark making with bristles and wood. The heavy rain helped us think about marks that expressed a feeling about the weather!
Most of the paint even stayed on the paper!
Remembering the inspiration of St Ives, includingTerry Frost’s bobbing boats and Alfred Wallace’s ships in the harbour, we created origami boats using brightly coloured paper and even more brightly coloured vinyl sails.
Serious concentration required! Meanwhile Julian installed a beautiful wooden mooring mast, found as driftwood, in the centre of the spiral hanging. This helped reinforce the idea of the landscape or seascape – and the group attached their boats to the undulating wires surrounding it.
Finally this afternoon, we selected fragments of driftwood to begin individual constructions. As we left the studio today, the central spiral was surrounded by beautiful organic shapes.
And the pile of driftwood has almost disappeared! Another great day!
Art Camp began today inspired by the work of Julian Longcake, an artist who trained at Falmouth in Cornwall who has a love of St Ives and the artists associated with it. His current work utilises a combination of found materials to create fantastic forms and creatures. Alice is looking at us through Julian’s unique magnifying glass!
Julian uses all sorts of things to make extraordinary butterflies and scorpions and insects, including old spectacles, broken jewellery and driftwood.
Into the gallery (via Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture draped with driftwood!) to look at Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron and Bryan Wynter’s work and explore ideas to do with flight, new perspectives, light, colour and weather. Multi coloured windmills helped us create some weather in the gallery!
Lots of drawing in the gallery and then lunch, followed by some creative play using our bodies to create sculptural shapes inspired by the flow of lines and shapes in Bryan Wynter’s work
The last sculpture reminded us of Peter Lanyon’s Porthlevin painting, the vertical movement upwards to the tower in the harbour.
Back into the gallery to finish drawings….
Then over to the LAB studio to work on the creation of individual lengths of wire trapping and threaded with found objects. These were hung onto wire ready for assembly tomorrow.
It was lovely to see the wires dancing in the breeze creating great shadows on the wall behind. A new word – kinetic! A really inspired Day One – looking forward to tomorrow!