Workshops January 2012
We gave different workshops all based in the intelligence of the creative motion rather than concentrate on a constrictive technical approach. Here are some of the workshops that were held during last year’s terms:
Portrait photography: We had an open-air studio built in the school (a tent made of white cloth was used under the sunlight).
Pinhole Photography: The origin of argentic photography made with a simple shoebox.
Photogram photography: Using objects and photographic paper to create art piece.
Air-Painting: Photography of drawings done in the air coloured with torches in the dark.
Painting with homemade paintings: With the pigments found in the local market, and others such as oil, watercolours, etc.
Drawings with different materials: (pastels, charcoal pencil, coloured pens, etc.)
Stop-motion films: This was done with sculptures made with clay. We made two short films with sound.
A class with flipbooks: An approach to have the students understand how movement is built through a camera.
We also gave a quick technical class in order to explain the processes of photography, film and moving images.
We helped the kids to imagine a scenario and make a basic storyboard in order to create a film.
Scenography, costumes and backgrounds for the films.
An interview of the young pupils was conducted with a professional camera in order to initiate them further with technology.
The collage technique was also a theme developed, using magazines and published images as a base for creating a graphic work.
Painted black & white portraits of the kids shot by other kids where made.
Another spatial approach was the 3 dimentionnal floor drawings.
The dripping technique was introduced as well on long strips of paper in order to enhance the space-time notion and the practice of the gesture in the creative process.
The end of the term was crowned with the conception and installation of the final exhibition, to conclude the art classes with the management of the communication space.
We have organized two overseas videoconferences with the Academy and with a school of younger kids in order to address world realities and understand where we are all coming from.
A free Web-TV channel was open in order to teach the kids about the works related to television and make their own programs in collaboration with the students of the academy in Liège, but the Web connection wasn’t good enough to accomplish this initiative.
The smaller kids also practiced printmaking with their hands and feet.
A popular scenography involving singing and dancing has been made and performed at the final exhibition.