A selection of work from the A Place of my Own project with pupils from Bynea County Primary School is now showing at Llanelly House, until May.
Lead artist Pip Lewis, project Facilitator Cheryl Kitt, and Project Assistant Tangwen Roberts joined pupils, staff, parents and the Mayor’s representative to celebrate the opening of the exhibition on Tuesday 12 April 2016.
The pupils were pleased to see their work on display and explained to their audience what they had done in the each workshop, before enjoying some Welsh cakes and having a photo with the Mayor’s representative, who was very impressed:
In our final session we created our own imaginary rooms for our models using shoes boxes.
Using wall paper samples to cover the walls of our box-rooms we drew around each side of our box on the back of our chosen wallpaper designs, before cutting them out and sticking them onto our walls with PVA glue.
Once we had wall-papered our rooms we used other shoe boxes and their lids to build and design furniture and decorate our imaginary rooms with carpets, mirrors, windows, posters and control panels!
We were really pleased with our imaginary rooms as spaces for our models and have recorded our descriptions of them.
In our second session we brought in our school iPads to show Pip and Tangwen the photos (and drawings) we had taken of our bedrooms.
After sharing them with the class, we drew pictures of our rooms, or the view from our windows, from these photos.
Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting of his bedroom, some of us also added colour to our pencil drawings in with chalk and oil pastel.
Pip also showed us how to build 3D models out of plasticine, and created our own personalised figurines based on ourselves, or inspired by our interests.
At the end of the morning we split into two groups, taking it in turns to write 20 different words to describe what we had done or how we felt about it. When we had written them all down we read them out and recorded them.
On Tuesday 8th March nine year five/six students from Bynea County Primary School had their first Big Picture workshop exploring identity and home, with Artist Pip Lewis,and Projects Assistant Tangwen Roberts at Llanelly House.
To open the session, we introduced ourselves by making a design with our own name on A4 paper, we started by drawing a border and filling it with shapes/patterns or things we liked and then wrote our names in the centre in whatever style we wanted. The designs looked great coloured in with soft pastels and/or oil pastels. Some of us experimented with the different effects the pastels created.
Taking it in turns we shared our artwork with everyone, and described three special things we liked doing. During the break we each took a photo of our finished artwork.
After the break we made 3D paper models of houses. This started by folding the A4 paper in half and then folding the outside edges into the centre. After this we had to use rulers to measure and fold the paper into thirds – and then Pip showed us where to cut away some of the paper to magically fold into a cube which we stuck together with invisible tape.
We made a sloped roof and added doors and windows in different coloured pieces of card. Some of us added extra features such as a chimney, fence or satellite dishes and even solar panels!
During the week ahead Pip asked us to find a place in our bedrooms to sit and draw what we can see – including the view out of the window if we have one!
Mrs Morgan also said we could take iPads home from school to take photos of different views of our bedroom, which we will be working on in the workshop next week.