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Classes

Art and Pottery with Katherine

Katherine has planned a series of exciting lessons for her children's and teen's art and pottery classes.

See below for details:

Class Tuesdays 4pm to 5:30pm

Inspiration

Gaye Jurisich

Group project example

Example close up

← the base of the installation beneath the suspended strings (of tails) will be an assortment of vessels. Students will engrave their names at the base of the vessels so they can get them back. Students will have individual projects also. 

Ability Children aged 6 years or more
Course “Ceramics: Vessels & Trestles”

Individual and Group projects

“Vessel”: a hollow container, especially one used to hold liquid, such as a bowl or cask.

“Trestle”: A framework consisting of a horizontal beam supported by two pairs of sloping legs, used in pairs to support a flat surface such as a table top

Facilitators Alison James Weeks 1-2
  Katherine Kennedy Weeks 3-8
  Course specialisation & description

Animals: Vessels to be made via hand building, pinch pot, throwing, slab building and coiling – EN MASS. Producing legs and tails belonging to different animal species – EN MASS. Juxtaposing these tails and animal vessel bodies to create imaginary animal figures.

Bisque fire finished animals and spare vessels and tails alike. Glaze finished animal projects in colour. Glaze unjoined vessels and tails in clear or no glaze at all. Finished complete colour glaze animals go home with the students. White earthenware vessels and tails live on in the group project installation.

Using found recycled fabrics, strings etc…to participate in a cross-class installation ‘group project’ involving a floor to ceiling use of space (suspension).

  Ideal Outcome Participation in Waste to Art 2017 at BMCC
NOTE: Please read an opening phrase from me when all students arrive on day one of this course. I am very excited about this class with two teachers, Alison, taking the first 4 weeks and myself, taking the last 4 weeks of classes. Right now I am in New Zealand working on the beautiful Waiheke Island for a one month. I look forward to seeing your work when I get back!
     
  Class schedule Explain individual and group projects.

Week 1

6/2/2017

Vessels; coil, pinch pot, hand built (small)

Build and texture vessels for animal bodies.

Attach non-corresponding species tails, legs or tentacles.

Leave finished works out to dry. Wrap all unfinished vessels.

Week 2

13/2/2017

Tails, legs, tentacles

Workshop on: Octopus, dog, cat, rat, bunny, pig, sheep, horse etc…

Wrap these well so they don’t dry out.

Week 3

20/2/2017

Throwing workshop Throwing and slab built vessels workshop and animal bodies.

Week 4

27/2/2017

Make more, more, more.

Children to make final selections of vessels and tails, legs or tentacles they want to merge. Finish these projects and leave out to dry.

Leave all remaining (unused) vessels, legs or tentacles out to dry also.

Bisque Fire

Week 5

6/3/2017

Glaze

Colour glaze own projects

Clear glaze or no glaze group project pieces

Glaze setting firing

Week 6

13/3/2017

Bring string, ribbon, flexible plastics, wool and rags from home in any colour.

Take finished projects home

Group Project: Wrap these around the middle to the top of a tail, leg or tentacle piece and place aside in a box

Week 7

20/3/2017

 

Take finished projects home

Free Play!

This can mean throwing practice or create your own project

Continue with group project.

Leave finished free play works out to dry

Week 8

27/3/2017

 

Week 8 / 9 Bisque Fire free play works.

Hand paint free play works. Or glue and glitter. Or glue and coloured sand.


Class Tuesdays 6pm to 8pm
 

Individual & group projects – Vessels

Group Project - Tails

Ability Children aged 13 or more
Course “Ceramics: Spatial Visualisation” Individual and Group projects
Facilitators Ingrid Russell Weeks 1-2
  Katherine Kennedy Weeks 3-8
  Course Specialisation & Description

Sculpture & Installation Preparation:

Students will make large vessels and trestles meaning vases and animal legs or tails. The students will select which of these they will keep and which they would like to donate toward a group project crossing over with other children’s classes and a truly group effort featuring reused items. The individual projects may combine the legs and the vessels together or may not. They may be coloured. The group projects will have no glaze or clear glaze only. The students will actively research through practice installation variables for the group project in weeks 7-8 hence ‘spatial visualisation’

  Ideal Outcome Participation in Waste to Art 2017 at BMCC
Note Please read an opening phrase from me when all students arrive on day one of this course. I am very excited about this class term which will be shared with Ingrid taking the first 4 weeks and myself taking the last 4 weeks of classes. I am currently in New Zealand working at a gallery on the beautiful Waiheke Island for a one month contract. I look forward to seeing your progress upon my return and how your individual and group projects are coming along.
     
  Class schedule Explain individual and group projects.

Week 1

7/2/2017

Large Coil built vase – Katherine’s example vase from an earlier project. Height variation’s preferable and distinct and different designs encouraged. Slab roll workshop. Cut fat strips to use as coils. Hand-build large vessels. Each student must produce two vessels. Paddle demonstration to straighten vase shapes in the process of making (weeks 1 & 2)

Week 2

14/2/2017

 

Continue large vessels.

Decorative surfacing workshop: press patterns, snake additive technique (see Katherine’s example), draw and make into relief with clay tools and more. Leave finished work out to dry.

Week 3

21/2/2017

  Students to finalise vessels. Safety demonstration with hot gun. Dry off vessels that are almost but not quite dry with the hot gun. Last chance to finish both vessels.

Week 4

28/2/2017

 

Dry off any vessels that require it with the hot gun

Load the ceramics into the firing room ready for the Bisque Fire.

Student to think about which vessel they will keep and which will be used for waste to art project.

Week 5

7/3/2017

 

Student individual works to be colour glazed.

Group project to be left bare & /or clear glazed. 

Glaze setting firing

Week 6

14/3/2017

Vessels from slab rolls and wrapping tubes with clay. Textures.

Large tails, table legs, animal legs

Demonstration: Slab rolled clay wrapped around plumbing tubes or postal tubes of various heights and thicknesses. Demonstrate rolling flowers and other items directly in this process. Add a base to this. Offer alternative texture options using lace, fruit plastic mesh bags and pattern pressing as before.

Make legs and tails. Ask one student to count them. Leave out to dry.

Week 7

21/3/2017

 

Finish off projects. Dry off partially dry projects with Heat gun.

Take fired vessels into main BMCAC hall (both teen and younger class group project outcomes). Move tables away from one end of the room and lay out the vessels on the floor with the students in a mock-up / test of how large the floor installation may become after the final firing in week 8-9. When happy with the layout, photograph and measure. Ask the students to estimate the ultimate size and therefore the metal grid surface area that will be needed to suspend the tails and legs from. Ask the students to work out if we have enough tails and legs to suspend.

Week 8

28/3/2017

 

Based on Week 7 estimation of enough tails and legs, perhaps make more & Free play – Throwing.

Week 8 / 9 Bisque Fire – free play works or


Class Mondays 4pm to 5:30pm
     
Ability Children aged 10 years or more
Course Spatial Visualisation: Drawing & Painting’ Individual and Group projects
Facilitators Alison James Weeks 1-2
  Katherine Kennedy Weeks 3-8
  Course Specialisation Recycle or Reuse
  Ideal Outcome Participation in Waste to Art 2017 at BMCC
Notes Please read an opening phrase from me when all students arrive on day one of this course. I am very excited about this class term which will be shared with Ingrid taking the first 4 weeks and myself taking the last 4 weeks of classes. I am currently in New Zealand working at a gallery on the beautiful Waiheke Island for a one month contract. I look forward to seeing your progress upon my return and how your individual and group projects are coming along.
     
  Class Schedule  

Week 1

6/2/2017

Box, plinth still life study Boxes of different sizes and dimensions are painted white by the students and dried off. Boxes are arranged by the students and lit up with lamps. Donkeys and easels are arranged around the still life and students attempt to sketch this still life installation.

Week 2

13/2/2017

Branches and strings Using the woven wall hanging from previous classes, students will string up their own side of a cubic box-like shape. Students excited by making 3D forms may continue to join more branches to these sides to form open and closed box – shapes. Students wanting to draw immediately may finish stringing up lines of string from top to bottom and draw this (one sided) creation.  

Week 3

20/2/2017

Continue making branch and cube forms and begin weaving Not all sides of these forms must be woven and the weaving needn’t be neat. The fabrics, wool, plastics or plants can be brought in by the students from home and recycled pieces may be used from BMCAC.

Week 4

27/2/2017

Prepare your canvas and pallet The cubes will be stacked like the white boxes in week 1 and lit according to the students wishes. Donkeys and easels will be arranged around the still life and practice sketches will be made. This sketch will be transferred to a canvas, meaning a second sketch will be drawn directly onto the canvas. If students are ready they may begin preparing their colour pallets using swatches to work out the colours.

Week 5

6/3/2017

Prepare your pallet Colour swatches should be made according to the colours present in the still life. Prepare your pallet by mixing your colours and when finished for the lesson, this will go into a plastic bag with your name on it so it does not dry for the following week.

Week 6

13/3/2017

Begin Painting Begin painting a long study of the still life.

Week 7

20/3/2017

Finish painting

Continue painting.

With those students who have completed the painting, discuss potential installation ideas of both the sculpture and canvas elements. How would they lay out the work in a gallery setting? How would they arrange the painted canvases? Should the sides of the canvases all be painted the same colour or left white?

Week 8

27/3/2017

Install as a group all of the work. Invite the parents to view the installation on the final afternoon. Install the work as a group. Move all the tables to the side of the room not being used for installation. Students to set up the woven cubes and to hang the canvas all in a manner agreed upon by the group with teacher supervision.
 

 

 

 


Class Wednesdays 4-5.30pm
Ability Children aged 6 +
Course Mixed Bag – relief installation Drawing, Painting, Watercolour and collage
Facilitators Alison James Weeks 1-4
  Katherine Kennedy Weeks 5-8
  Course Specialisation & Description

Group and Individual outcomes

A large playful image will be gridded up into squares, cut out and dispersed amongst each of the students. Each student will receive the same (roughly) amount of squares to complete. Each week, the students will have a new method of artmaking demonstrated. The student will select one of the square images to complete in the demonstrated method. The students will each be given a visual diary at the beginning of this session, they may have free time to play in their sketch books or do quick studies, continuing to explore the demonstrated method for that class.

  Ideal Outcome The finished image put together on the last week of class for a photograph to be taken to document the outcome.
Note Please read an opening phrase from me when all students arrive on day one of this course. I am very excited about this class term which will be shared with Alison taking the first 4 weeks and myself taking the last 4 weeks of classes. I can’t wait to get back and get stuck in to classes with you all!
     
  Class schedule Explain individual and group projects.

Week 1

7/2/2017

Drawing using patterns

Plain pencil, coloured pencil or even markers are ok for this project. Find the shapes within the image. Fill these shapes with a new pattern each time like or similar to the example here. Be creative, find new ways to make patterns in dots, circles, small straight lines, stars, squares, flowers….anything goes!

Week 2

14/2/2017

Continue

Drawing continued though try new ways of completing this task. Try no colour and even more new ways of making patterns.

Week 3

21/2/2017

Painting

Practice making 7 tones with only 1 colour in your visual diary. Pick one colour and do a tonal painting of the square image.

Week 4

28/2/2017

Painting continued Use more than one colour to paint another square image.

Week 5

7/3/2017

Watercolour

You will need salt, wax candle, water, brushes and watercolour paints.

Paint your square image using these items. Before starting, use the wax candle and rub it across the paper in the white areas of the image. This is so that those places stay white.

Week 6

14/3/2017

Watercolour continued

https://artclubblog.com/2013/02/05/watercolour-painting-with-salt-and-glue/

You will need salt again, glue paste, gell, stick and pva. Experiment first in your visual diaries. Play with these items along with the watercolour paint and see what happens. When you are ready, paint your square image.

Week 7

21/3/2017

Collage Tissue Paper

All students must help to rip up different coloured tissue paper. Place these in colour piles or tubs. Using a glue stick, work on another image square. Feel free to use some patterned paper here and there like in this example image.

Week 8

28/3/2017

Collage Tissue Paper

Try making a fluffy tissue collage like this image here.