Ignite, Artists in Schools – Yorkshire Sculpture Park
I have recently been awarded the Ignite Artists in Schools bursary by the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
The Ignite Artist in Schools programme is an annual bursary scheme for artists developing their career to work with children of all ages and abilities including those with learning and /or emotional difficulties. The residencies promote learning outside the classroom, giving schools the opportunity to work with a different artist each year. It also gives teaching staff the opportunity to gain new creative skills to embed within their teaching practice.
I will work with over 20 schools in the Wakefield district and this blog will document the yearlong journey starting in October 2013 and culminating in a celebration event at the park in July 2014. In addition to working with schools, I will also create a printmaking toolkit for educators, which will provide a legacy to this project.
My residencies will be based on the world of printmaking. We will learn traditional methods as well exploring experimental techniques and ideas.
The aim of every residency is to engage pupils creatively and to give them freedom of expression through taking part in a creative activity.
We will embark on a journey through textures, shapes, colours and patterns.
The sounds, sights and smells of nature and the world around us will provide inspiration for our work. From the banality of everyday objects to the hidden beauty in decay, I will be encouraging pupils to observe the world from a different perspective.
I plan to use the park and the artwork in the park as a continual point of reference and inspiration as I feel that this place is so rich and diverse. It relates directly back to a main element of the residency where we can observe these textures, shapes, colours and patterns juxtaposed with nature.
If you want to find out more about the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, you can visit their website or even better still, get over to West Bretton and check it our for yourself, it’s a magical place!
More updates to come in October.