This year I have been taking some of our projects in different directions using materials that the students may not have tried at primary school.
They look at the four elements of Earth and develop designs which incorporate colour, shape and texture using a colour palette which links to their element.
Felt, wool, threads, sequins, buttons and much more are then used on Hessian or Binca.
This time I introduced A5 canvases for the students to paint on using fabric paints. This aspect of the project was less planned and the students were asked to use their stitched panel as a starting point and then paint their design straight on to the canvas.
This could have gone either way!!
I was really pleased with the way they dived in with the paints and looking at their stitched panels just got on with it. None of the "I do not know what to paint!" nonsense, but then again that is why I picked them as my designer challenge group and I like to try out projects on a target group to be able to plan it further and make adjustments before passing the project on to other staff in the department.
The one at the top of this post is my example which I made along side them to spur them on.
Would you like to see some of their work? Take a look ....this is just a sample of each of the element groups tackled, I do have 24 pieces of art so they are not all featured here. The colours could have come out better but classroom lighting is not ideal for photos.
I have been really pleased with the way things have turned out. They are now being put on display for others to see and they are very keen to take them home and the word "proud" has been used by all of them!
Been a good project for all.