When:

Every Saturday:

12:30-14:00  (10 – 13 year olds)

14:30-16:00  (14 – 18 year olds)

Where:

Artcore site at 3 Charnwood Street, DE1 2GT, Derby

If you would like more information please email: catriona@artcoreuk.com

If you would like to sign up, there are still some places available although with limited packs: http://bit.ly/JuneProgramme

INTRODUCTION

Future Endeavours project has started in January which is designed for young people aged from 10-18 who are enthusiastic about getting their artistic ability unleash and develop new skills which will let them grow as creatives in the future. It is a chance to explore paths for future careers and opportunities.

So what is it all about?

Through this free project we aim to provide a fun course where participants will work together with professional artists to share ideas, explore different art mediums such as print-making, ceramics, motion animation and other digital technologies in order to deliver new skills and practice something new. It is a great chance to promote the development of transferable life skills by learning through STEM themes (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Sessions last for 90 minutes on Saturday through 6 weeks.

 

PROJECT UPDATE

 

Inspiring Surroundings Week 5

GROUP 1 (12.30pm-2pm)

Well what a beautiful sunny day, all the children came into the session with high spirits and keen to know what we would be creating. It was a progression from last week where they drew and designed their own buildings using the sketches they had made from the local architecture. So this week they would be making 3D card and cardboard maquettes ( these are preliminary models to be used when they make their designs from clay). Some of the children came into the session fully loaded with cardboard boxes, tubes, cereal packets etc, ready to be used to create their models. They busily measured and cut the cardboard to size and shape, only asking for help from the adults to cut out the small fiddly areas. Using their drawn designs they started to create their 3D models by sticking together the card and cardboard.

The children were focused, shared their materials really well, there was great communication and a buzz of activity. The outcome was fantastic, the models they made really encapsulated their designs.

GROUP 2 (2.30pm-4pm)

As with group 1, the group also used their sketches and designs to create 3D card and cardboard maquettes. Luckily, we had some cardboard and tubes left over for the participants to use, so again they busily measured and cut the cardboard to size and shape, only asking for help to cut out small areas.

Again, they created some really wonderful models utilising their own designs, inspired by architectural details of the local area. These will then be used next week when they make their designs in clay.

-Kathyn

 

Inspiring Surroundings Week 4

GROUP 1 (12.30pm-2pm)

This week we started to discuss and look at the architecture that is in the Derby and surrounding Artcore areas. We looked at their construction, pillar types, decorative details, age and types of buildings. We also discussed the types of buildings the children lived in and whether they are terrace, semi-detached, detached, flats, bungalow etc. I also brought in photographs of buildings and architecture from the Derby area for the children to study.

Luckily, the sun was shining and we all went outside with pencils and paper and explored the local Artcore area. I really wanted the children to observe, look up and draw details of the buildings including the building, window and door shapes, look at the decorative tiles that were incorporated into the exterior of the walls, roof designs, roof finials and any other details they wanted to draw.  We then went back into the Artcore building and this is when we discussed what they had seen.  It was now their turn to create and design a building, utilising the drawings and designs they had observed on the walk around the area. The children were great, enthusiastic, very creative and produced some detailed designs. These designs in the next few weeks will be transformed into 3D card / cardboard maquettes, then into 3D clay models.

We also were able to give out the plaster plaques the children made last week. These all came out so well and were so detailed with the plants and flowers.

-Kathryn

GROUP 2 (2.30pm-4pm)

Just as in group 1, we observed, explored, discussed and drew the architecture from the local Artcore area, concentrating on window and door designs, brick shapes, finials, roofs etc. Again, I really wanted the participants to look up, really observe and make notes and drawings of what they saw. Once back in the Artcore building, to make this more challenging, I proposed they design not just 1 wall of their building such as the front, but try, create and think about the whole of their building.

Again, these will be transformed from paper to 3D card / cardboard maquettes, then into clay models.

-Kathryn

Inspiring Surroundings Week 3

GROUP 1 (12.30pm-2pm)

Luckily the weather was perfect, so we all ventured outside to look at the trees, plants and flowers that surrounded the local area around Artcore. As we walked we observed, discussed plant names and their distinctive properties. There was such a vast array of different plants, grasses and flowers that grew around Artcore. We collected small cuttings ready to use in our clay and plaster plaques.

Inside we rolled out clay, cut to size and then impressed the cuttings into the clay. Plaster was then poured onto the clay slabs in a container and left to dry. When the plaster is dry, we can peel off the clay and reveal a 3D plaster impression of the impressed flowers and plants.

The children were all brilliant, observing, asking questions and working really well. I can’t wait to show the children the results and give them their plaster plaques.

-Kathryn!

GROUP 2 (2.30pm-4pm)

In this session we discussed metal elements from the periodic table that could be used in the ceramic industry to colour clay and glazes. Some of these include Copper, Tin, Cobalt, Iron etc. I also explained about bodystains and how they worked like oxides to colour clay and glazes. So it was gloves and dust masks on and we kneaded the bodystains into the clay to change the colour.  We also looked at various petals shapes that could be created. The clay was rolled out, cut to shape, scored and slipped together and beautiful clay flowers started to be produced. In order to create 3D flowers some of these were pressed into bowls to form lovely curves. The group created some fantastic and very beautiful clay flowers. I’m looking forward to getting these fired once dry and adding a clear glaze to really bring out the coloured clay!

-Kathryn 🙂

 

 

Inspiring Surroundings Week 2

GROUP 1 (12.30pm-2pm)

Lots of keen children today, ready to get stuck into this weeks session. Today the group was focusing on observing the structure of various flowers, the difference in the petal shape and how we can create a 3D flower from paper and card. Using templates and the children’s own ideas, they cut out petal shapes, from colourful card, graduating up in size. These were then stacked on top of each other to create the structure and the petals were curled to add volume. The last stage was to add a decorative button to cover the pin.

The children came up with some wonderful ideas and used some lovely complementing colours. A fun and creative session.

-Kathryn

GROUP 2 (2.30pm-4pm)

We still looked at the structure of flowers and petals, but in this session I wanted to create more volume in the flowers, so I demonstrated how to make origami flowers.

The group was really focused and followed the instructions with ease. They measured out and cut equal squares. We folded the paper to create 5 petals and these were then stuck together to make the final 3D flower. The participants chose some great colours and origami patterned paper to use and a button was added to hide the central joins.  The finished flowers were very effective and looked great as a big bouquet. Another fun session today.

-Kathryn

 

Inspiring Surroundings Week 1

GROUP 1 (12.30pm-2pm)

We had a great first session with lots of keen children to discover all about our natural surroundings. Unfortunately, the weather was against us and we were unable to venture out to look at the local area full of its flowers, plants, trees and natural materials. We instead discussed nature and studied beautiful and colourful flowers, concentrating and really observing their shapes, textures and colours. The children created some very detailed drawings and then painted them, trying to mix the colours correctly to the flowers and stems. The children were focused and created some incredible work. – Kathryn

GROUP 2 (2.30pm-4pm)

It was still raining, but this didn’t dampen the group’s spirits, we looked at the lovely flowers as in group one. They firstly drew very detailed areas of the flowers and leaves, these were then simplified and the images were drawn onto craft foam. I showed the group how to make an imprint into the craft foam, add the paint with a roller and these were used to print their designs onto paper.  Another brilliant session full of creativity, detailed and well observed drawings and the prints using the foam. – Kathryn

 

Block 3 – Inspiring Surroundings 

This month of May we are starting a whole new blog of Future Endeavours with exciting fun sessions run by artist Kathryn Borg. This Block we will be exploring natural organic forms, looking at how plants and flowers are grown. Kathryn will encourage participants to walk around nature, draw from it and make tree rubbings. As well as nature, students will also look at architecture and buildings in the theme of home. There will be a lot of hands-on activities, getting creative with thinking outside the box. Kathryn will introduce materials such as clay, cardboards, and card to create 3D sculptures.

 

Block 2 – Creative Growth 

In March we have started a whole new Block of Future Endeavours workshops, focusing on Creative Growth. Artist Fiona Adamson has been running these for young people on Zoom, as with the lockdown restrictions everything had to go online, but that does not stop us from being creative! Fiona has been encouraging and teaching students how to work with polymer clay to create art pieces using different techniques such as the jelly roll cane, the bullseye cane, leaf bowls and flowers. It is amazing to see what great work the individuals are creating using their material packs. At the end of the six week classes, we will put together a showcase demonstrating their final work.

Week 1 – First week started off with strong theme on nature and biology. Participants have used polymer clay to mould a leaf bowl, self-created the shape using fingers to sculpt and cut from the polymer clay sheet. Then using a real leaf to make an impression into the clay to create the realistic veins and stems of the leaf. Finishing off with shading in graphite, making a fantastic piece of artwork.

Week 2 – This week, participants had a chance to make a polymer clay covered ramekin jar. Started with choosing 2 colours and marbled them together into a cane. Once happy, students have manipulated the cane and sliced it to create veneer sheets that would be moulded around the jar to create a gorgeous pattern.

Week 3 – Carrying on with the different possibilities of sculpting clay and the ramekin jar, students have created two polymer clay canes – bull’s eye and jelly roll cane using two clay colours. Manipulating and slicing it in a wat to fit around the jar to create a veneer pattern covered jar.

Week 4 –  This session we have explored the theme of nature. Students have rolled length of clay wrapped in on itself to create a single flower. Then sculpting tiny bud and petals to be put together into a rose.

Week 5 – Looking further at nature, this session was simple and self explanatory. Participants have created an easy, minimalistic leaf cane.

Week 6 – This final session of this blog, participants have made a wall name plaque incorporating all aspects created during previous sessions. Making their names made out of rolls of clay to create letters that will create the final group artwork collaboration, joining each plaque together. 

It has been a fantastic Block of exploring a wide range of materials and mostly having hands on every single session.

Below you can see the wonderful images of the progress the participants have made. It will be put into a final showcase that will demonstrate how nature and biology can be explored.

 

Block 1 – Seeing Things differently

Artist Hannah Lord of Flying Fish studios encouraged young people to see things differently. Through the five weekly sessions learners explored, wondered and created pieces using ordinary items from home. Thinking outside of the box to create something new.

Week 1 -First week is about Discovering Colours – looks very complex but it is actually much uncomplicated process that reveals an amazing effect! Hannah takes you through the method of making something unordinary with markers and water, into a piece of artwork. You can watch the first video down below, and check out our YouTube channel @Artcore where we have a collection of all the videos.

Hannah also gave a fun insight into new career pathway with participants taking part in our sessions on Instagram Live. At the end pupils had created art they can keep for themselves, gift to a loved one or even sell in the Artcore Gallery in Derby City Centre.

Week 2 – Artist Hannah Lord shows us how to experiment with wax and paint at home to create beautiful textured and unique patterns. This is very versatile technique where it can be done for postcards, greeting cards, artwork and much more. Using a wax stick to create invisible patterns first, and revealing them with a swoop of paintbrush.

Week 3 – This week we are exploring what we can use from the kitchen! Hannah shows us how to create easy bunting for any occasion, using food colouring and vegetable oil. Very creative technique that allows us to use the design created into something more.

Week 4 – This week we are staying in the kitchen and creating beautiful hanging decorations using a mixture of flour, salt and water.  A very simple art experiment using easy to find materials from your kitchen! This experiment showed just how easy it is to be creative no matter where you are and what you have.

Week 5 – This is our final workshop from this block of Future Endeavours with Hannah Lord who shows us a fun and easy experiment with baking soda and paint, to do at home and how to turn it into an artwork. Once we have a beautiful background, there and endless possibilities to go with your creations!

Check out the video below and the Gallery to see the whole process.