The project is with two schools, Goostrey Community Primary School in Cheshire and Manchester Communication Academy in Harpurhey, it explores the concept of beauty and the formal elements in art and design of line,shape, pattern, texture, composition, form, tone and colour. The team of four artists on the project have been given two formal elements each to explore, I have been focusing on pattern and texture. We were asked to select two artworks form the exhibition that inspire us and relate to our formal elements, I choose two bird related ones in both city and rural habitats
Une Mare, Environs de Rossillion - Jacques B. Appian 1867, which is a print of a wetland landscape with a heron.
Swift - Unknown artist - a watercolour study of a swift in the eaves of a building feeding young chicks
Goostrey Community Primary School
Pupils from Year 6 had been working for several weeks with Manchester Art Gallery education staff getting to know the collection. I worked with the class focusing the Une Mare, Environs de Rossillion, the image depicting the wetland habitat of a heron. We used natural objects such as acorn cups and pine cones to print with and create pattern and texture before creating foam block prints and wallpaper silhouette prints of wetland creatures. The prints were then collaged together with consideration for repetition and composition before pupils worked in pairs to create the artists books pictured below.
The work from all the artists input is to be reflected on, key themes are to be picked out and pupils will work to decide on content for an exhibition guide.
Year 9 students were familiar with the collection following discussion based work with Manchester Art Gallery education staff. We looked at the artwork of a family of swifts and considered the fragmentation of the birds habitat through modern building methods. The students created monoprints of swifts in flight, cut stencils and made textured rubbings of the built environment, these were then deconstructed and arranged into compositions to reflect the fragmentation of the birds habitat. The students will go on to produce a video that will be shown in the Horsfall exhibition based on the themes extracted during the project