Last week we welcomed 20 wonderful teenagers to ONE TWO FIVE art school for 5 days of creative activities ……We taught them to screenprint , transfer print, to throw pots , to draw with the wrong hand , to write backwards – to make mosaic with found objects – to weave with scrap materials – to make books from old paper bags. We worked on all sorts of surfaces and substrates – to transfrom materials and ideas through colour and form. The theme was ‘Identity’ – as individuals , as groups , as colour , geography and as voices …… we laughed a lot and made many things. Each student documented the week in a journal of words and pictures. This they also constructed themselves – using whatever they wished and inspired by a workshop with Alison Harper. This was the really creative space for each in terms of personal expression and they were fantastic.
The final day was one of clearing up the studios, the gallery, the whole ground floor. (especially the black dye footprints from the carpet ……) Then curating, installing and presenting a one hour exhibition of all the work to their invited guests – and a few of ours.
I did not read an email all week.