Purlwell I & N

Project: Projected Places
Participants: 28 children from Reception, Year  1 and Year 2
Partnering with: St Peter’s CE JI&EY
Artist: Karen Stansfield

We’ll be exploring the idea of Change by using projected images to look at different locations, how we travel and the impact on what we see, the similarities and differences.  We’ll look at the Yorkshire landscape, London cityscape and different means of transportation as our inspiration.  Using craft materials we’ll make shapes of people, buildings and roads and combine these with sourced objects to create a scene.   We will project our scenes onto a screen and manipulate them so that we can experiment with different views and discuss the ‘narrative’ of each one – the story it tells.  Finally we will each choose one of our projected scenes to photograph and this image will be printed up as a postcard.  All our postcards will be put together to form our group exhibit and we’ll also have copies to send to other people.

Session 1 – 4th March

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Today was our session to be with the artist and we were excited to be in the library and be using a projector to shine shapes onto the white board. We are looking at ‘Changing Views’ and we looked at different photographs of London, its skyline, famous buildings and parks.  We chose a photograph which we liked and copied it onto a piece of paper, then laid a sheet of acetate over the top and traced over our line drawing with a permanent black marker pen. We then placed this onto the projector’s surface and it shone onto the white board.  Some of our lines need strengthening in tone so we drew over them again. To add colour and texture to our drawing we chose from a selection of coloured gels, skeleton leaves, feathers and lace, then  placed it back onto the projector and took a picture of it using a digital camera. Karen – artist

“My favourite bit was doing all the drawing”

“I enjoyed choosing all the bits of materials to add to my drawing and looking at it on the projector”

Session 2 – 11th March

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It was our class’s turn to be with the artist today creating art work for our postcards. We are doing a topic in class on Yorkshire so we brought this theme to our session. We looked at different photographs of Yorkshire, its rolling landscape, busy town centres and different types of buildings. We chose a picture we found interesting to draw onto paper. We then placed an acetate sheet over the top of our line drawing and used a marker pen to trace over the pencil lines. On a separate table there were lots of materials such as gels, ribbons and buttons to explore and choose from to add to our picture. Once we were happy with our creation we carried it carefully to the projector which shone light through it and projected it onto the wall. We then took photographs of it on the projector and reflected on to the wall. Karen – artist

“I enjoyed drawing my picture and putting the coloured gels on top”

“I liked it when it lit my picture up”

Session 3 – 18th March

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Today was very special as we were in the library where we were spending the whole afternoon doing art!  We are doing a topic in our class on Transport so we brought this theme to our session. We looked at different photographs of transport, trains, planes, bicycles, buses and tuk tuks. We choose a picture we found interesting to draw onto paper. We then placed an acetate sheet over the top of our line drawing.  We stopped it moving about by placing pieces of masking tape in the corners and then used a marker pen to trace over the pencil lines. We then cut out shapes from coloured gels and placed them on our picture to add colour. On a separate table there were lots of other materials to explore – ribbons and buttons to name a few – and we added some to our picture. Once we were happy with our creation Karen carried it carefully to the projector which shone light through it and projected it onto the wall. We then took photographs of our image on the projector and reflected on to the wall. Karen – artist

“I liked the gels, I put different gels over the top of each other and made a new colour, orange! ”

“It was exciting to see my picture projected”

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A final word from staff…

“The project enabled our children to visit an art gallery many for the first time. Children enjoyed the new experiences during the project, in particular the visit to the museum.”

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