Thursday, 13 May 2010

Wednesday 12th May

Elleray Hall

In today’s workshop with Elleray Hall Laura and I worked with the group and produced some lovely colourful paper flowers.
Laura had lost her voice; therefore I had to practically run the whole workshop. Once the people arrived I began the workshop by showing them how to create the flowers and showed them step by step the processes of making them. I gave them all a template of the shape of the paper petals and gave them all paper scissors and a stapler. Some of the older members had slight difficulty handling the scissors and did not have the strength in their hands to use the staplers; therefore I helped them with the cutting and the construction of their flowers. It was nice to see that they all helped each other and constantly praised each others work. By the end of the session we had created as a group twelve multi coloured flowers that can be held in the procession by the members of the group. These flowers will bring colour and variety to the procession.
It was nice to see how much they enjoyed themselves during the workshops and I fell great, as a person, because I know that they have enjoyed themselves and it gives them something different to do with their day.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Tuesday 11th May

Animals Animals Animals

Go the design team Go!!!

The animals are really looking great, i should hope so after all the time we have spent making them.

My pig is almost finished now, it just needs all the finishing touches done to it, for example the eyes, the tail and the colour for the body, but that is all being done on the creative day on the Saturday. As is the mane and the tail for the horse and all the bodily colours for all the animals.
The Pelican is coming along nicely now and the body of the badger which i created today is starting to work as a badgers body, however the head definatly needs more work because at the moment it doesn't really look like anything.
But im sure once Tina gives us ideas on how to correct it, the Badger will look as amazing as the Goat, the Beaver and the Pig.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Wednesday 28th April

Elleray Hall's second workshop.

Me and Laura went to Elleray Hall today to do a workshop with some of the elderly members that attend.
Last week Laura and Zoe worked with the group and made masks.
This week we made noise makers out of plastic bottle, pasta and various decorating items.
We decided as a group that it would be a great idea to have more noise in the procession on the day of the celebration. Therefore we decided it would be a great idea for the members of Elleray Hall to help us with this task.
Nine members of the group helped us today to create these noise makers, some of them were more able than others, Laura began by going around the less able people and showing them what to do, however i sat nearer the more abled people and whilst creating my own noise maker i helped give inspiration and ideas to people.
Once i had finished mine i then placed it in the centre of the table so that the rest of the group could see what they could do.
I then helped a lady who was sitting next to me who had trouble attaching the tissue paper to her bottle. Together we then painted it, and covered it in glitter and then added more tissue so that it had some kind of design.
Overall the group enjoyed making the noise makers with us, and i enjoyed myself aswell, i especially enjoyed the old music that was played and the group singing along. The whole workshop had a great feeling about it, and i felt really good to have brightened up a part of their day :)
Tuesday 27th April

Im sweating over the Perspirating Pig :(

In todays session we had to continue with our animal creations.
As the week had passed Tina had created a pretty impressive Goat; this then gave us all the hope that it actually would be possible to create these animals out of these laundry baskets.
Once i had worked on the shape of my Pig more i decided to try and create some of the features so that i would be recognisable as a Pig and not just as some kind of animal.
I began to create the ears for the Pig, this was a rather long winded task. The ears in which i originally made i thought looked good and realistic, but Tinas said that they were not big enough and that i should reconsided making them again and adding more fabric to create a more reaslitic look.
Even thought my oringinal ears took a while to make i agreed with Tinas and decided to make them again.
This time i made tham much bigger and as i created them i found a way of making them slightly 3D and therefore they became much more effective.
With part of the snout already attached to the head and the ears made to 'perfection' hahaha i was able to see the character of the Pig coming though.

We also discussed what we think each animals body should be covered with.

The animals are looking good but we still have alot of work to do on them!!!
Tuesday 20th April

Design group, Tina, and a load of £1 laundry baskets!!!

"Today we will be making the animals from the story out of these laundry baskets."

I asked myself; 'How in God's name are we going to be able to achieve this?'

At first we all chose a character from the story in which we will TRY and create, i choose the charatcer of the 'perspirating pig'.
Capturing the initial structure of the animal at first was a must. Because pig's are rounded and the baskets in which we were using are squared i had to try and make a more rounded shape. Using spare wire i made circles and attatched them to the inside of the basket by stitching them to the netting.
A more rounded shape was forming and i was able to move onto the head of the pig.
I had to keep refering to a picture of a pig on the internet, because even though i think i know what a pig looks like when it comes to recreating one it is surprisingly hard to visualise.
By the end of our session with Tina we had all achieved some kind of animal enen if it didn't really resemble the animal we were trying to create. This will be something we will have to do in a following session.