Posts Tagged ‘The Big Draw’

Wasn’t the weather nice on Saturday?  It was just what we ordered!

There was a fantastic turnout and the Art Cabin came alive with the hustle and bustle of people getting their hands dirty (literally). I had a hunch things were going well when I saw a row of boys sitting at the desks, pens in hand, concentrating on their artistic doodles, occasionally checking out each others work and laughing.

Mr Disbrey was in charge of the clay area, visitors really enjoyed making thumbpots and sculptures. The sand pictures were a favourite too, some of the art produced from this medium was amazing. The doodling, fingerprinting caricatures and computer enhanced self portraits created lots of laughs. Putting earphones on and listening to some thought provoking music, which you then had to draw using charcoal, created some wonderful results.

It wouldn’t be an art day without some mess, and this was achieved with zeal in the hand-painting on vinyl corner. Despite the screams of laughter and the bucket load of green sludge coloured paint left over, there were some extraordinary Jackson Pollock style art painting to admire.

When it was time to pack up we still had a full house, but many hands make light work and my heartfelt thanks must go to everyone to stayed behind to clear up and to Brigitta who took some wonderful photos of the artwork produced. Quite frankly the day couldn’t have gone any better.


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We are very busy preparing activities for the art event, which takes place in just over a week. Finishing touches are still being applied to the Art Cabin, sadly there is no sign of the tables and stools yet, but hey ho! There’s still time.

I am awaiting a reply from the local newspaper, it would be good if they ran a feature, here’s hoping.

The good news is that the PTA will be doing refreshments, tea, coffee, Squash and cakes…. yum

The extra good news is that after half term the Art club will begin. I am to become artist in residence and Lyn Hardy art assistant on Monday afternoons. There will be a drawing club during lunchtime, children will be able to pop in to the Art Cabin and draw, research, discuss their ideas and use their imaginations to produce work if they so wish.  During the afternoon I will work on different projects with the year groups. Then after school there will be an art club where students will work on longer term art/craft projects.

This is a very exciting development for the school!

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The Big Draw which begins in October is nearly upon us. Many galleries, libraries, art studios, councils, clubs, colleges etc. from all over the country have been busy planning for many many months in order to put on an event to entice people who love art and those who don’t to have a go at it.

I, in my wisdom thought, “Ooh!, That would be good to do, lets get involved”.

When it was mentioned to The Head, he was more than overjoyed to have a Big Draw event take place, “Can we invite the village?”.

Arghhhh! Enthusiasm, it gets me every time.

So Saturday 1oth Oct is now booked, the Art Cabin will host a Big Draw event. We have less than 3 weeks to organise something.

At this point I sigh, and make a very strong cup of tea!

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