In April Art at Work partnered with Balmoral Primary, the Youthtown Outdoor team and Motu Moana Scout Camp to create an out-door experience for 160 year 5 and 6 students. It was great to be outside working under the native trees which sheltered us from the sun. The students had a holistic experience over 4 days with other activities including archery, kayaking, hut building to name a few.
The three art workshops drew on the local Motu Moana environment for inspiration, the trees, leaves, birds, the earth and sky.
Firstly there was a Ceramic component with Sue, Connect with the Land through Clay. Each student made a small clay bowl which was dried and fired for them over the next 3 weeks and delivered to their school.
Secondly was the Flag Making Project with Natalie and Zain. It was really popular and after studying and drawing the plants and trees around their worksite the children painted their flag, tied it to a bamboo stake to dry and take home later in the day.
The third art activity, Plaster Casting, was quite adventurous, especially for Troy, the tutor. The students created a mould out of clay and poured fresh Plaster of Paris into the containers, when the plaster was set the image was revealed for them to take home.
These three art activities provided the students with 3 artefacts to keep at home to remind them of their 4 days outside the classroom, learning in a new environment in a new way. If your school or organisation would like to undertake a collaborative art project Contact Sue