We were visited by artist David Blyth and students from Gray’s School of Art, on a study visit aiming to form a pedagogical learning exchange through shared experience.
Louise Clarke encouraged students to take a playful and experimental approach to mould making, using plaster to create small objects and sculptural forms by discovering through making rather than pre-planning.
In 2015 our students visited NN Contemporary Art’s New Life exhibition. Even a cursory knowledge of art history for these students meant crossing a threshold of otherness.
As a blind physiotherapist, Rebecca Lake explained her way of understanding bodies was through touch.
A small orange circle of felt depicting Trump Trout, a character created by Lewis, a CE Academy student. A fish with the face and bouffant of Donald Trump who shouts non-sequiturs.
Diogo described the small marks they had made through gestures of the wrist as “like table tennis”, encouraging the students to go bigger “like tennis” through gestures of the arm. Gestures of the whole body came next.
The snow was deep and each step needed focus and decidedly more strength than when walking along the flat gravelled footpath. I challenged the group to notice the scene in which they now found themselves.
Emma Davies recounts her early experiences with Fermynwoods, including one student following in the social realist tradition of the Kitchen Sink Painters.
“When will you be happy”. One student replied, “I’ll never be happy”, a deeply sad moment with the silver lining that interventions like these can help students disclose personal feelings to those they trust in order to find the help they need.
Clare Abbatt’s Sculpture and Survival workshops drew inspiration from her own exhibition examining Captain Scott’s Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica.