Campsie View is a school for children with a range of additional support needs. I have been working with this school for a year to develop the childrens engagement with visual art. This term with have focussed on the “Under the sea”. We have been hugely productive.
We started by exploring light as that was something the children from the last block really enjoyed. We use hair gel and food colouring to create these ocean bags. They were very sensory, the children enjoy how they looked and felt. We then expanded on this light work by making shadow puppets.
The children have also been working with a dancer, a musician and a singer. We were working towards a showcase so we make a backdrop and some costume elements. We also continued to work or exhibition of work.
Campsie View is a school for children with a range of additional support needs. I worked with the senior pupils to explore city life. The children were interested in vehicles, cars and planes. We create a set which included 3d clouds and decorated some aeroplanes. We had lots of fun playing with the planes and trying to get them through the cloud shaped holes. The children enjoyed the fact that they made their own game.
I worked in collaboration with musician Kirsty Hamilton and Kilsyth Primary School to create a musical art trail for the schools outdoor learning space. The project was funded by One Family.
Myself and Kirsty delivered a series of workshops to all classes in the school. The children experimented with musical instruments and learned how they work. They then got to design their own instruments and helped to build and decorate them.
I was paired with St Crispins School to help them create a film for The Awfey Huge Variety Show at the Festival Theatre.
I worked with the children to create a suitcase theatre complete with set changes and a series of puppets.
We passed this on to Jane McInally who created this amazing animation to showcase our work. Click link to see animation.
I was commissioned by Sustrans to work with Coalburn Primary school to design a map board to be sited on the NCN – 74 cycle route running beside the village. The brief was to engage with the children at Coalburn Primary School to rethink the standard map board design.
I worked with each class at the school to explore themes that could inform the design. I designed a series of activities for the children that enabled me to collect their ideas and inspire their creativity.
Some images from the sessions –
From this I was able to design a shape for the board that reflected the heritage and community of the area. The area has a strong mining heritage and this was reflected by a bing shape board with a narrow gauge railway shape. I have worked with the local heritage society to put together the information for board.
Metal work in production
The Jennifer Ewan Band had approached me to think about how they might create an interesting back drop for their stage. They are performing during the Edinburgh fringe in their show named Bonnie Bayou which reflects their Cajun/Scottish influences.
I met with Jen and Kim to discuss what they wanted…..convey the idea of Louisiana swamp/creole/creeping vines but in a subtle way/not a theme set, convey a Scottish collaboration, heather, add a little magic, autumn colours.
I worked with their thoughts and discussed with them a few ideas and shared some image I thought could be used as inspiration.
You can see Bonnie Bayou and their stage set on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays at 5pm during August at the Montebar. Free tickets here –
I was asked to develop a course for p6/7 to help them to work well together, challenge their art practice and provide opportunities for them to celebrate and share their achievements. I looked at how we could make this unusual and exciting and keep them engaged throughout the full project. I designed a series of short projects that built on the children’s learning with a mixture of full class and small group work.
We started with some light graffiti. The children loved this physical way of drawing. They built up their skills over three sessions, learning abstracts, writing and collaborative drawings.
We moved onto developing some different skills using willow for construction. We started by creating small pyramid lanterns together as a full class. We then used those skills to create a more complicated fish shape and used out imagination and design skill to give them an individual twist.
Next was light box artworks. The children spent time designing and then learned the skills to complete a professional looking light box.
The children held an exhibition private view where the rest of the school and parents where invited to come and see their hard work.
Lightwaves is the UK’s biggest digital light festival. I provided a drop in activity to allow participants to create their own digital art. My light graffiti activity was very popular and participants created some fantastic work. All the images created can be viewed here – https://lightgraffiti.wordpress.com/
I was asked by Festival Theatre to create a bespoke bean stalk for the stairwell in the sick kids Hospital Edinburgh. The engagement team at the theatre create a special show for the children in the hospital that are not well enough to attend the pantomime. The bean stalk installation adds to this Christmas magic.
As this installation was for a hospital I have to be very aware of infection control, all materials needed to be wipe clean. This left most of my normal building materials unsuitable. I tried a few ideas and I’m very happy with the results.