2013 Gallery Visits

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Visits to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford

As part of the launch of the project, all the participating school groups were invited to visit Cartwright Hall Art Gallery for a day of workshops linked to their current exhibitions and collections.  The schools came in pairs or threes, linked to their project choice.  Meeting and working creatively with other students is an important aspect of the change project.
The permanent collection and temporary exhibitions were a fabulous starting point for creative activities which included art and literacy challenges, drawing and printmaking linked to Sophie Ryder, David Hockney and Anish Kapoor, and drama based workshops about the story behind the Arab Weaver painting from the permanent collection.
Cartwright Hall is a purpose built Art Gallery with a rich and diverse collection of art, set in a grand park in Bradford, with an amazing outdoor play area.  This, in addition to the outstanding educational team, makes it a perfect setting for our project.  It has been a venue of choice for many years for Mosaic and for twinning projects in Bradford and Kirklees.  The permanent collection is thematically organised and features a wealth of works which never fail to inspire students.

At the end of each session, students were asked 3 questions:

  1. What did you most enjoy about the gallery visit?
  2. Which was your favourite exhibit/art work and why?
  3. What did you learn from working with other children at the gallery?

Here is a selection of photos and responses from the visits, and a great video and stories from Carlton JI&N.

Fieldhead J I & N – 24th January 2013

Question 1
‘I really enjoyed the printing and the weaving because they were enjoyable activities that I have never done before.’
‘I really enjoyed the printing because I got to recreate my work.’
‘I enjoyed dressing up like the scene in the picture we looked at.’

Question 2
‘My favourite exhibit was the David Hockney exhibit as it was interesting and artistic.’
‘My favourite exhibit was David Hockney, especially the boy in the egg.’
‘My favourite art work was the golden sword in the Anish Kapour exhibit’

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Batley Girls’ High School – 29th January 2013

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St Peter’s CE J I & EY – 30th January 2013

Question 1
‘I enjoyed sketching the eye made out of wire in the Sophie Ryder room.’
‘I like being the weft in the human weaving.’
‘I enjoyed printing my David Hockney picture because I had never done it before.’
‘I liked sticking the words on the map to describe the paintings.’
‘I liked acting out the picture.’

Question 2
‘The sleeping feet because they look like my mummy’s sticking out the end of the bed.’
‘The silver sculpture as I could see my face in it.’
‘The David Hockney picture of the rocks as he had sketched a shadow.’
‘Sophie Ryder hare sculpture because they looked like they were from Alice in Wonderland.’

Question 3
‘How to work as a team because if we let go of the weaving it would all fall to bits so we had to work together.’
‘That we might not all like the same pieces of work.’
‘That art can make different people think of different things.’

Birstall Community Primary – 31st January 2013

Question 1
‘I enjoyed the printing because I haven’t done printing before.’
‘I enjoyed the exhibition in the entrance by David Hockney.’
‘I enjoyed looking at all the sculptures because unusual.’
‘I liked getting messy with the printing ink!’
‘I liked everything, the whole day was fantastic.’

Question 2
‘I loved the big wire eye by Sophie Ryder because it was huge!’
‘The wire hare was massive and shocked me!’
‘I thought the hares in different positions were very interesting.’
‘Some of the pictures in the gallery were really interesting when you looked at them carefully.’
‘It was good to see some art work that had been created by the same person as the sculpture in the Olympics.’

Question 3
‘I learnt not to be scared to work with children I do not know.’
‘I learnt to help children out.’
‘I learnt that you can learn from other children.’
‘It was great to help each other out and talk about the interesting things we had seen.’
‘I would be happy to work with other children again.’

Lydgate J & I – 7th February 2013

Question 1
‘Copying and drawing the art.’
‘Writing the postcard about a piece of art.’
‘Visiting the Sophie Ryder sculptures.’
‘Acting and role play.’
‘Looking at different paintings and works of art.’

Question 2
‘Sophie Ryder – Metal Eye because it was creative.’
‘The whole Sophie Ryder exhibition because it was artistic.’
‘The adventure gallery because they had stories behind them.’
‘The David Hockney because it was bright and colourful.’

Question 3
‘We could share information.’
‘Lots of cooperation and sharing.’
‘It was fun and enjoyable.’
‘Teamwork and working together.’
‘Sharing ideas and making new friends.’

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Carlinghow Princess Royal J I & N – 12th February 2013

Question 1
‘I enjoyed seeing tall he statues and paintings.’
‘I enjoyed drawing the pictures.’
‘We enjoyed the whole visit!’
‘I enjoyed the David Hockney gallery.’
‘I enjoyed the printing activity.’

Question 2
‘Sophie Ryder was my favourite artist because I liked the rabbit heads on human bodies.’
‘We liked Sophie Ryder’s wire eye.’
‘I liked Sophie Ryder’s crouching rabbit.’
‘I liked Sophie Ryder’s hug statue because it made me feel safe.’
‘We liked Sophie Ryder’s big, wire hand because it was so big.’

Question 3
‘I enjoyed working with a partner on the paper weaving because we could help each other.’
‘We liked making new friends.’
‘Some people were good at art and could help you.’
‘We couldn’t have done the big weaving game without co-operation.’
‘It’s good to share!’

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Carlton J & I – 13th February 2013

In our literacy workshop at Cartwright Hall children studied the painting ‘The Arab Weaver’ by Armand Point then used it as a basis for writing their own stories. They didn’t have a lot of time but take a look at what they managed to achieve working in their small groups:

Story 1: The Lady with the Pomegranate
Once upon a time there lived a lady called Lisa who lived in Algeria. She lived in a gigantic house that had a courtyard, where her husband Max weaved cloth before midday because it was too hot at noon to weave. She had a servant named Sam. Lisa was a really nice lady because she gave Sam a job so he could earn money as he was very poor. As a mummy Lisa was nice but as a Grandma she was even better because she gave treats to her grandson. Lisa would spend the day helping her husband weave cloth to make clothes.

Story 2:
One day a little boy and his family were sitting in their courtyard, weaving. In the background there was a servant holding a bucket. He was hanging the clothes on the line.

Story 3:
Once upon a time there lived a little boy called Adam. Adam lived with his dad, his sister Jasmine, his mum and his uncle Nick. Nick was a world-famous weaver. He wove clothes, rugs, cushions and baskets. When he was young, his dad taught him how to weave. One hot, sunny day, whilst Nick and his dad were weaving, they heard a knock at the door. It was the king’s son, he said “Please can I have a look at your weaving, for the king, he needs a new cloak and hat because the old one had been ripped and is ruined.” He walked inside. When he saw the beautiful weaving he was amazed and he said “wow. I will pay a billion pounds for your work and tell the king and everybody about it.”

Story 4:
Long, long ago a family were in a sunny courtyard. Grandad was weaving. Mum was peeling a pomegranate. It was sweet and sickly and juicy. Big sister was in school and little brother sat at home. He wanted to play on his bike. Grandad said “you can play outside when you’ve finished helping.”

Staincliffe CE Junior – 31st January 2013

Question 1
‘Sketching because we practised our skills.’
‘Printing because it gave us better images of our sketches.’
‘We got to meet lots of different artists and see other artists’ work.’
‘I got to be an artist for the day with my own sketch book and pencil.’
‘I like the activity where we looked at the art and used words to say what we thought about them.’

Question 2
‘The eye because it was so big and bold.’
‘The pictures made of wire because they must have been so hard to make.’
‘I like the man in the egg because it was so strange.’
‘I though the different hares were weird and it was interesting to think why the artist created them.’
‘The hand / ball was very realistic.’

Question 3
‘I helped a child from another school with their drawing, it showed me I was good at sketching.’
‘I helped a child pick out an idea and draw it on to paper.  We looked together and discussed what we liked.’
‘A boy in another class showed me how he had drawn a shape and talked me through how I could do it too.’

Field Lane J I & N – 6th March 2013

The children enjoyed all of the activities at the art gallery and would have been quite happy to stay there for much longer.

Below are some of their comments:
‘I liked dressing up and pretending to be the Arab Weaver.’
‘The big weave pattern we made was amazing, so colourful.’
‘I enjoyed printing because I got ink all over my fingers and I even got some on my face.’
‘I liked drawing the different sculptures, some were massive.’
‘I liked working with children from another school because we got the chance to share ideas.’

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BBG Academy – 29th January 2013

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Batley Business & Enterprise College – 29th January 2013

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Igniting Imagination