• Guest

    Session 1:

    We started with the theme of connecting and linking. Naomi
    read out an art recipe which each child followed. It was incredible to see that
    no two drawings were the same. It lead to a discussion on making our own marks
    and how each mark was individual and unique. The idea of right or wrong ceased.
    This, as teachers, we found brilliant as from there on end they embraced
    everything without anxiety.

  • Guest

    Session 2:

    Session 2 was a follow on from last week continuing the
    spot, dot, linking, bonding, connecting ideas. They used new tools, bamboo
    sticks, wool, string and paint. This phased them initally but then they became
    fully engrossed, lost all inhibitions this week. “What is it supposed to
    be” question was asked much less. They grasped the notion that it is
    “their mark” and so whatever that brings. As teachers we found that
    fascinating and brilliant.

  • Guest

    Session 3:

    First and second week they worked individually and in pairs.
    In this session they worked as a table group on a large canvas which they
    created. As teachers we found it chaotic and messy however when we discussed it
    in the afternoon we found that the children found it brilliant using words like
    “creative”, “fascinating”, “splendid”,
    “puzzling”, “inspiring”, “weird”, etc.

    Some of their comments were “fun working in
    groups”, “doing random drawings”, “working in groups was
    fun”, “it felt like working as a real artist”.

  • Guest

    Session 4:

    We looked at conceptual art. Naomi talked about the art of
    Sol le Witt and children were introduced to modular art. Children experimented
    with three types of lines and four directions.

    Children then worked on a large canvas as a class. They
    followed recipes and they were then required to “connect” with others
    who were positioned on different parts of the canvas. It was a little less
    chaotic than last week but still some were unable to follow the instructions.
    When we discussed the activity after children thoroughly enjoyed it. Some liked
    moving to other parts of the canvas to make “their mark” while others
    preferred having their own space to work on.

  • Guest

    Session 5:

    For session 5 we moved on to looking at private and public
    spaces. Pupils had to write on the whiteboard examples of each. We were
    suprised with the results. Private spaces included their phone, diaries, secret
    huts, under the trampoline etc. They were given a net of a cube and we talked
    about the idea of a bird-eye view. They formed the cube and drew their private
    inside and public outside.

  • Guest

    Session 1:

    We began working with the artist Naomi Draper. We were introduced to art recipes. We all followed three different art recipes. We use charcoal. All of our work was different. We then connected our picture with the person beside us which was really cool. We had great fun.

  • Guest

    Session 2:

    We continued with the art recipes. This time we used paint, bamboo sticks and string. We could use the bamboo sticks or string to put our marks on the picture. We really enjoyed working with the paint. Some our pictures looked messy but they were all really different. We learned that we all have our “own marks”.

  • Guest

    Session 3:

    This week we used a large canvas that all of our class worked on. We really enjoyed this, it felt as if we were working as a big team. We were allowed work on the area on front of us but we were then allowed to connect with others which was feally fun. It took us a while making the canvas, we had to stick all different types of paper together to form the canvas. Our canvas looked great when we were finished. We all had such different marks on the canvas but it all looked great together.

  • Guest

    Session 4:

    This week we went to the GP room. We couldn’t believe it when we walked in most of the floor was covered with a giant canvas. We all took a position on the canvas. We followed some recipes again. We really enjoyed hearing the different recipes again. We used pencils and we could also use rulers. For the second part we were asked to connect with someone else on the canvas. This was fun as we got to move around the canvas. Some of us really enjoyed this but others thought it was a little bit ‘chaotic’ and caused us to ‘bump’ into each other. When we were finished we stood up and looked at the large canvas. It looked great with all the very different marks. There was dots, spots, lines and all sorts of different marks on the canvas. It was really cool working on such a large canvas. Some of us thought the canvas was bigger than our bedroom floor.

  • Guest

    Session 5:

    We talked about public and private spaces. We came up to the whiteboard and wrote some of our public spaces and private spaces. We then got the net of a cube and we had to form the cube. On the outside we drew some of our public spaces and on the inside we drew some of our private space. This took some of us a long time to come up with what spaces we were going to draw.
    We then got tape and we were asked to mark out the space we need in the classroom. This was really interesting because some of us only taped out very little spaces and others marked out large spaces.

  • Guest

    Session 6:

    Naomi put a map of our classroom on the Interactive White Board. We then had to come up and add to the map. This was really fun. The day before this we had to take note of all our movements during our class day. We then went to the gp room and our classroom was marked out with tape. We had to use different coloured tape and mark our movements on the map. This was really fun as our paths kept crossing. It looked very cool when everyone had all of their movements marked.

    We really enjoyed working with Naomi and on the ‘Virtually There’ project. We had lots of fun and got to do all different types of art. We feel like real artists now.

  • Laura Brehon

    Session 1:

    We began working with the artist Naomi Draper. We were introduced to art recipes. We all followed three different art recipes. We use charcoal. All of our work was different. We then connected our picture with the person beside us which was really cool. We had great fun.

  • Laura Brehon

    Session 2:

    We continued with the art recipes. This time we used paint, bamboo sticks and string. We could use the bamboo sticks or string to put our marks on the picture. We really enjoyed working with the paint. Some our pictures looked messy but they were all really different. We learned that we all have our “own marks”.

  • Laura Brehon

    Session 3:

    This week we used a large canvas that all of our class worked on. We really enjoyed this, it felt as if we were working as a big team. We were allowed work on the area on front of us but we were then allowed to connect with others which was feally fun. It took us a while making the canvas, we had to stick all different types of paper together to form the canvas. Our canvas looked great when we were finished. We all had such different marks on the canvas but it all looked great together.

  • Laura Brehon

    Session 4:

    This week we went to the GP room. We couldn’t believe it when we walked in most of the floor was covered with a giant canvas. We all took a position on the canvas. We followed some recipes again. We really enjoyed hearing the different recipes again. We used pencils and we could also use rulers. For the second part we were asked to connect with someone else on the canvas. This was fun as we got to move around the canvas. Some of us really enjoyed this but others thought it was a little bit ‘chaotic’ and caused us to ‘bump’ into each other. When we were finished we stood up and looked at the large canvas. It looked great with all the very different marks. There was dots, spots, lines and all sorts of different marks on the canvas. It was really cool working on such a large canvas. Some of us thought the canvas was bigger than our bedroom floor.

  • Laura Brehon

    Session 5:

    We talked about public and private spaces. We came up to the whiteboard and wrote some of our public spaces and private spaces. We then got the net of a cube and we had to form the cube. On the outside we drew some of our public spaces and on the inside we drew some of our private space. This took some of us a long time to come up with what spaces we were going to draw.

    We then got tape and we were asked to mark out the space we need in the classroom. This was really interesting because some of us only taped out very little spaces and others marked out large spaces.

  • Laura Brehon

    Session 6:

    Naomi put a map of our classroom on the Interactive White Board. We then had to come up and add to the map. This was really fun. The day before this we had to take note of all our movements during our class day. We then went to the gp room and our classroom was marked out with tape. We had to use different coloured tape and mark our movements on the map. This was really fun as our paths kept crossing. It looked very cool when everyone had all of their movements marked.

    We really enjoyed working with Naomi and on the ‘Virtually There’ project. We had lots of fun and got to do all different types of art. We feel like real artists now.

  • Laura Brehon

    Session 1:

    We started with the theme of connecting and linking. Naomi
    read out an art recipe which each child followed. It was incredible to see that
    no two drawings were the same. It lead to a discussion on making our own marks
    and how each mark was individual and unique. The idea of right or wrong ceased.
    This, as teachers, we found brilliant as from there on end they embraced
    everything without anxiety.

  • Laura Brehon

    Session 2:

    Session 2 was a follow on from last week continuing the
    spot, dot, linking, bonding, connecting ideas. They used new tools, bamboo
    sticks, wool, string and paint. This phased them initally but then they became
    fully engrossed, lost all inhibitions this week. “What is it supposed to
    be” question was asked much less. They grasped the notion that it is
    “their mark” and so whatever that brings. As teachers we found that
    fascinating and brilliant.

  • Laura Brehon

    Session 3:

    First and second week they worked individually and in pairs.
    In this session they worked as a table group on a large canvas which they
    created. As teachers we found it chaotic and messy however when we discussed it
    in the afternoon we found that the children found it brilliant using words like
    “creative”, “fascinating”, “splendid”,
    “puzzling”, “inspiring”, “weird”, etc.
    Some of their comments were “fun working in
    groups”, “doing random drawings”, “working in groups was
    fun”, “it felt like working as a real artist”.

  • Laura Brehon

    Session 4:

    We looked at conceptual art. Naomi talked about the art of
    Sol le Witt and children were introduced to modular art. Children experimented
    with three types of lines and four directions.
    Children then worked on a large canvas as a class. They
    followed recipes and they were then required to “connect” with others
    who were positioned on different parts of the canvas. It was a little less
    chaotic than last week but still some were unable to follow the instructions.

    When we discussed the activity after children thoroughly enjoyed it. Some liked
    moving to other parts of the canvas to make “their mark” while others
    preferred having their own space to work on.

  • Laura Brehon

    Session 5:
    For session 5 we moved on to looking at private and public
    spaces. Pupils had to write on the whiteboard examples of each. We were
    suprised with the results. Private spaces included their phone, diaries, secret
    huts, under the trampoline etc. They were given a net of a cube and we talked
    about the idea of a bird-eye view. They formed the cube and drew their private
    inside and public outside.

  • Laura Brehon

    Session 6:

    For session 6 we worked on mapping our movements in the classroom during the day. We asked pupils to keep a log of their movements the day before, e.g seat to toilet, seat to library, seat to teacher’s desk, etc. Firstly they had to map their movements on the interactive white board. They then mapped their movements on tracing paper. Pupils completed this with ease. Finally they went to the GP room where the layout of the class was created with tape. All pupils got coloured electrical tape and they had to map their movements. They found this task exciting and really enjoyed it. We then came back and discussed the task together. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Laura Brehon

    End of project:

    Pupils thoroughly enjoyed this project. They loved the virtual element of the project and they really enjoyed working with a professional artist. As teachers we found that children had become more confident about art and had lesss inhibitions. On week one we had questions like “What are we supposed to do?”, “Is that right?”, etc. By the end of the project all children realised that “We all have our own mark” and they understood that there is no right or wrong and all our art can look different.