artsNK’s Lucy Lumb gives an update on the When in Sleaford… project.
David Mackie (the artist who has been commissioned for the When in Sleaford… project) has been very busy working with school pupils and members of the public in Sleaford creating drawings and designs for the new artworks.
We have just completed an intensive workshop programme with Year 3 and Year 6 pupils at The William Alvey School. This involved taking children along the route of the trail, drawing patterns and symbols at St Denys Church and undertaking research at Sleaford Museum. The children also made drawings from nature, illustrated local Sleaford architecture, explored the images inscribed on Iron Age coins that were minted in Old Sleaford in c.50 AD and have worked on designs for the WW1 memorial which will be at the school.
David was joined by textile artist Becky Adams for some of the activities (www.beckyadams.co.uk) and together they have shown the children new techniques to layer images using drawing, collage, mixed media and stitch. The pupils produced some fabulous work and had a very successful exhibition at the school towards the end of term. Follow this link to see the project on the school’s website follow this link
artsNK hosted a workshop with David at The Nettles in Sleaford with local volunteers and members of the MosArt mosaic group, who gathered inspiration from wildlife along the riverbank and created beautiful cyanotype photographic prints. The Cyanotypes are created using light from the sun and we were lucky enough to have some beautiful weather during the afternoon.
The final part of the community engagement programme took place at The National Centre for Craft and Design with a day-long session for Year 10 pupils from St George’s Academy and Carre’s Grammar School, and two public workshops. During these events, participants were encouraged to develop drawings and patterns inspired by local historical objects and stories, which were used to create designs for metal embossing, folded map books and fabric seed packets.Following on from all this fantastic activity, David will be filtering, absorbing and processing this rich resource material to develop the designs for the new artworks over the summer.
It has been a most inspiring programme, especially seeing the development of artwork and skills by the school pupils and working so closely with the artists … I’ve even bought a new sketchbook and plan to get drawing and sticking myself over the summer holidays!
You can see more images of the work created by school pupils and workshop participants in our facebook album.
To find out more about David Mackie visit his website www.davidmackie.org.