Courtauld Gallery Canon Workshops

Earlier in June a selected group of year 7 Canon students participated in several workshops with the Courtauld Gallery education team and artist Millie Knight. In the first workshops students presented their research boards that they had been working on and shared with others the information they had discovered about the drawing they had seen on their gallery visit and other facts about the story behind the artwork and the artist who made it. Students made a drawing from their research and in the following workshop made this into a woodblock print. Helen Higgins from the Courtauld gave some historical context to woodcuts and the purpose of these, the prints were very successful and students went away with the knowledge of this important process.

The woodblock prints were used in the final workshops led by artist Millie Knight. In pairs the Canon students came up with a storyboard to present a key idea from their research. They were shown ways of presenting research in the form of a concertina book. Students selected colours and printed these in acrylic then collaged and edited their work. They created lino-cut stamps to give their stories texture and added text and their woodblock prints to their work. After two full days of hard work their final proofs were complete and ready to be digitally printed.

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Trip to Aida Wilde’s Studio

Students from Year 7 through to 12 attended a workshop with the wonderful Aida Wilde in her print studio in Hackney Wick. Here they discovered the artists work and screen printed a fantastic poster designed by artist Cristina Lina. www.cristinalina.co.uk   www.aidaprints.com

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(photo by Aida Wilde)

As part of the day we looked at graffiti in the area and discussed the rapidly changing landscape of Hackney Wick, in particular thinking about the effects of gentrification and the role of artists and art in this process.

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This is the last workshop in a series of several in which Welling School students have produced content for a series of posters that will be part of the re-activation of the Schooling and Culture journal. Schooling and Culture was a publication created by educationalists and young people in the 70s.  http://maydayrooms.org/archives/schooling-and-culture/

Thanks so much to Olivia Chessell, Cristina Lina and Louise Shelley from The Showroom Gallery who have organised and run a series of fantastic workshops as part of this project.