Thursday, 25 November 2010

Huish Episcopi Academy - Great Crane Art Workshops

Hilda Vaughan initially got involved in the Great Crane Project as a volunteer - until we discovered her wealth of artistic talent!  Hilda has now been engaged by Somerset Art Works (SAW) to deliver a series of Great Crane inspired art workshops for Year 8 pupils at Huish Episcopi Academy.

The first session involved an introduction to the Great Crane Project and visit to Greylake Nature Reserve to learn about the importance of the Somerset Levels habitat.  Students took sketchbooks and collected images and ideas for future workshops.

Over the next few weeks the 14 students - aged 12 and 13 - will be designing and creating papier mache crane inspired sculptures.  These will be exhibited in Somerset Art Weeks 2011 together with all the other art work created through the Great Crane Art Project.

These are some images from the intro session at the school.

The session started with an introduction to the wider Great Crane Project
Hilda brought examples of crane sculptures to show the students

Second Community Workshop - Art in Nature - Sat 13 November 2010

Our second community workshop at the West Sedgemoor RSPB Reserve provided participants with an exciting opportunity to not only see the cranes feeding, but also flying, quite a sight!  After a morning session out on the reserve the afternoon was spent creating crane-inspired artwork under the guidance artist Kitty Hillier. 

Kitty gave instructions about mixing paint colours and creating a variety of tones.  No black paint was provided so dark colours had to be mixed using available colours.  This created some beautiful effects and it was amazing to see the colours of the landscape and  'mood' of the open moor and expanses of sky reflected in the art work.

These images are from the 13 November workshop (see previous posts for images from 25 October).  Look out for an exciting installation of the life-size painted crane cut-outs in Somerset Art Weeks Autumn 2011.

Damon Bridge introducing the Great Crane Project
Beautiful landscape inspired art work

Talking about the art work is an important aspect of the workshop

Cranes propped up against the wall to dry

Friday, 12 November 2010

Art in Nature - Community Workshops

Held at the West Sedgemoor RSPB Reserve, just outside Curry Rivel, these workshops were an opportunity for local people to join the Great Crane Project and discover the wonders of cranes. We started by exploring the wetland habitat via trailer ride and short walk in the morning and then spent the afternoon creating crane-inspired artwork under the guidance of a professional local artist Kitty Hillier.

On 25th October we were lucky enough to see the cranes from the hide - an unexpected and rare treat!

The following pictures are images from the 25th October workshop.  The life-size painted crane cut-outs will be used as part of an outdoor installation for Somerset Art Weeks Autumn 2011.

All aboard the trailer for an exploration of the wetland habitat

Walk led by Amy, one of the crane 'mums'

In the hide 

We couldn't believe how lucky we were to actually see the cranes feeding nearby

Back to the barn, we fixed bamboo legs to the crane cut-outs and began to paint

Artist Kitty Hillier guided the process, encouraging everyone to use their own
 creative ideas to mix paint colours and design their own crane

It was cold in the barn but everyone worked with great concentration

Amy and Roland have been busy rearing and nurturing the young cranes,
here they are getting involved in the art workshop