Thursday 5th December 2019
We had another busy and productive day in Room 13 – one of our activities was working with a Gelli printing plate to create some lovely textured fish that will be added to upcoming sea themed wall display (see attached photos).
The committee excelled themselves at the Christmas Fair – despite the fact that Mrs Taylor was off unexpectedly they managed to organise themselves and facilitate the planned activity. They have voted to spend the profits made on delivering a workshop to children who benefit from Children In Need. We have sent an email to local charity Crawley Home Start to see if they could work with us to select children who could benefit from this opportunity.
Today’s attendance was:
4 x Kahlo, 5 x Cezanne, 6 x Riley, 5 x Rousseau.
Thursday 28th November 2019
We had a very busy time in Room 13 as the children have been preparing for the Christmas Fair tomorrow by finishing off their Christmas cards and organising an activity that involves making an angel finger puppet.
In the afternoon we held a workshop for Cezanne class in the Art Garden during which children made jellyfish and learned about bioluminescence, clean seas and the story of Stanley, the plastic bag who drifts into the ocean and is gobbled up by lots of sea creatures who mistake him for a jellyfish!
The committee are very keen to hold a workshop for Year 6 based around equality and will be approaching Year 6 teachers to ask if they would be interested in this opportunity.
Sadly, more and more children are damaging artwork around the school by punching holes in it and pulling it off the wall. This is so sad to see and perhaps they would benefit from a wee reminder that artwork is really precious and should not be touched?
Today we had: 4 x Kahlo, 2 x Cezanne, 5 x Riley, 3 x Rousseau, 1 x Miro.
Thursday 21st November 2019
Bec (Room 13 artist at Seymour) and I visited Crawley Library & Crawley Museum – 2 lovely spaces where we are planning on conducting community workshops May 2020. These will be workshops hosted by Room 13 committee after they have practised various sessions for children in the school over the coming months.
We have already carried out a Day of the Dead themed mask workshop for Hokusai and next week we will be holding a ‘Clean Seas’ jellyfish making session for Cezanne – all activities held in the Art Garden. The sessions give the children a chance to make something in a creative surrounding, whilst learning a little about the topic (the committee read to them from books on the subject and share simple facts).
Your class could also benefit from a workshop so if you would like one do please email me!
We also managed to make a whole batch of Christmas cards for the Christmas Fair next week (photos attached) whilst hosting a visit from Eva of Seymour – the children were so proud to walk her round the school showing off displays and the Art Garden.
In attendance we had:
3 x Hockney, 3 x Monet, 1 x Miro, 5 x Riley, 4 x Kahlo, 1 x Mondrian, 5 x Rousseau, 2 x Moore, 2 x Cezanne.
Thursday 14th November 2019
We had a really productive day in Room 13 with lots of children coming to participate – thank you so much for sending your punters – they really do get so much out of being in a creative space.
We had: 6 x Cezanne, 4 x Mondrian, 3 x Hokusai, 4 x Kahlo, 6 x Rousseau, 1 x Miro, 5 x Riley
We worked together to make some stunning prints of boats & ships on beautiful backgrounds. The backgrounds were all created through play, experimentation and chance – exploring the materials as a group on one long piece of paper and then working with the results by cutting out the best pieces. Please see attached images.
Next week we will develop these further by creating 3 word poems in response to the imagery – all of this will be used to create another display in the main corridor.
Excitingly, Laura (Cezanne) has booked a workshop for her class 28th November in the Art Garden – we are thrilled to be hosting this. Don’t miss out – your class could have the opportunity to benefit from one of these sessions. We can work on a theme of your choosing or can come up with some ideas ourselves. In the summer term we are planning to use our workshop experience by conducting sessions in the community in conjunction with Seymour.
Thursday 7th November 2019
We hope you’re all feeling refreshed from the half term break and that you have had a great week so far!
Today we spent the morning with Year 5 assisting them with their 3D photo collage project. It’s no mean feat ushering 60 children through a project in a morning and I take my hat off to Mr Banks & Mr Eagle! The finished results are going to look fabulous when displayed together on the corridor wall.
In the afternoon, thanks to the last minute hard work of several people, Room 13 managed its first outing – to Seymour Primary for a fabulous Puppet Show performance by Wishworks. The theme of the show was marine conservation and keeping the ocean plastic free. The children got to ask so many questions, handle all the puppets afterwards & investigate how they were made. They are so inspired that they are planning on writing a book about important global issues!
On another exciting note, Room 13 have had a booking for a workshop from Cezanne class!!! We are extremely pleased to be holding another session for Year 3 in the Art Garden – watch this space for photos and further info. Don’t miss out!
Thursday 24th October 2019
Room 13 was buzzing today as we had a mask making extravaganza – lots of children made funky facewear for the Hallowe’en disco this afternoon.
The role call for today is:
7 x Hepworth, 4 x Kahlo, 4 x Rousseau, 2 x Cezanne, 1 x Miro, 6 x Monet, 5 x Riley
and LOTS of children at lunchtime!
We managed to finish our Zine making project and have completed decorating the noticeboard in the main corridor with our results – we hope you like it! We’ll be filling the other board after half term.
After half term we’ll be working with Year 5 on a photo montage project and look forward to trying all sorts of other exciting things with our young artists.
Have an absolutely wonderful half term break – you all deserve it.
Thursday 17th October 2019
We have spent this morning working with Year 5, helping them take photographs for their photo montage work they plan to create to decorate the corridors. We took photos of them in various poses and with favourite objects – from footballs to paintbrushes. It was interesting to hear that their favourite places in the school are the Top Pitch and the Art Garden!
This afternoon we have had the committee helping to assemble our first noticeboard in the main corridor; it’s entitled ‘The Life of Zines’. It’s not completed yet but will be before the end of term – watch this space! The children have had a great time learning all about the art of zine making, using an old fashioned typewriter to transform Room 13 into a reporter’s office. They’ve been writing about everything from racism to climate change.
Next week we will be mask making all day to celebrate Hallowe’en – children will even be able to come at lunch time and make one so do encourage them to come along!
Thursday 10th October 2019
It was exciting times for Room 13 today as the committee hosted their first ever whole class workshop in the Art Garden. Hokusai class made masks and learned about Day of the Dead festival in Mexico.
Your class could book a workshop with Room 13 too! Please do consider this opportunity, or alternatively think about using the Art Garden space for your own lesson; the children simply love being in this space.
Room 13 will be practising their facilitation skills all through the year and in the summer term will be delivering sessions to the public. We’re currently working with Seymour hatching a plan that (fingers crossed) will see us working with Crawley Museum, Crawley Library and the wider community.
We’ll be back next week for more action!
Thursday 3rd October 2019
We had a super busy time in Room 13; thank you so much for sending your students. The roll call for today was:
9 x Goldsworthy, 5 x Kahlo, 4 x Moore, 7 x Rousseau, 5 x Riley, 4 x Cezanne
After making our own personal mini Zines, we’ve moved on to making a large collaborative one that explains Room 13 and other subjects that are important to the children. These have included climate change, pollution and racism – we’re exploring whether art can do anything to help change some of the challenges we face.
The children took turns on an old fashioned manual typewriter to become reporters for the day – interviewing each other on various subjects and writing up reports to be included in the Zine. As you can imagine this was a very popular activity! (pictures attached)
We moved on to editing and selecting various pieces of artwork and text to form an interesting design.
We’re looking forward to displaying the finished zines!
Next week the committee are planning on running a mask making workshop for Hokusai class in the Art Garden. We will film some of this and circulate – all part of their efforts to promote the use of the Art Garden.
Look forward to seeing you next week.
Thursday 26th September 2019
Thanks to everyone who sent their students, today we had:
3 x Mondrian, 3 x Hokusai, 1 x Kahlo, 5 x Riley, and then all of the committee members in the afternoon.
Work continued on our Zine making project – these will be displayed on one of the central notice boards before the end of term. Some serious issues came up as Year 6’s got involved; worry about climate change, racism, and other important world problems.
The committee had a busy afternoon; they are creating a wall display that will let the other children know how they feel about art. They also made their own badges (they are extremely proud of them)!
I met with Bec from Seymour Primary today and got to see round their lovely Room 13. We are hatching plans for some co-ordinated activity between the 2 schools – so watch this space!!
That’s all for this week folks, look forward to seeing you next week.
Thursday 19th September 2019
We started our Zine making project – the Zines will eventually end up decorating our new notice boards in the main corridor.
Zines are little handmade books that are full of art and words, usually the subject matter is something important to the person who made them. We had a wide range of subjects today from the existence of unicorns to melting ice caps and the break out of World War 3! All important stuff!
Particularly impressive was the work of Fletcher, Year 5, who announced to me, ‘this room is so creative!’ – we agree Fletcher!!
Today we had: 3 x Goldsworthy, 4 x Kahlo, 3 x Moore, 1 x Mondrian, 4 x Rousseau, 1 x Miro, 4 x Riley, 2 x Hokusai
I made it to the Art Garden today to make some repairs to work that had fallen down. I was really pleased to notice that no more holes have been punched into the willow sculpture – let’s hope that it lasts! It would be great if more children accessed the Garden – it’s a lovely space with tables and chairs that children can easily work in. Sadly, some of the children who come to Room 13 still don’t know what it is and have never seen it. I might try to remedy that by doing some art activities there.
Thursday 12th September 2019
The whole school from Year One right up to Year Six are contributing to our rolls of drawings by creating work side by side, on top of one another and in the spaces in between. We’ve got some plans for our rolls including filming them to create some moving artwork.
Next week we’ll be looking at Zine Making – using words and images to create an art book about something you feel passionate about. The finished Zines will help to form some of the new displays that we’ll be having in the centre of the school – look out for our new display boards in the main corridor.
The committee had a good chance to sit down and make some plans today; these included further work on the Art Garden to include miniature areas around the school, workshops for adults & children in a variety of venues including Crawley Museum, and an end of year exhibition. We’ll keep you posted!
Thursday 5th September 2019
Today in Room 13 we had a massive clear out and clean up in the morning. Lots of rubbish taken to the skip, lots of shelf sorting and felt pen testing.
In the afternoon we had 13 x Year 2 and 5 x Year 6 pupils who enjoyed messing the place right back up again!
Reece from the committee told me ‘As soon as I walk into this room I feel really warm inside. It’s the place I feel the safest in the school.’
I guess he was eloquently summing up what children get out of having a space to get messy and express themselves.
Look forward to seeing you all next week.