VEGETABLE-GARDEN BOAT(Artcadiaproject 'Imagine Your Future' PART 2)
(± 24 hrs spread in time)
January - April 2010
The idea of the Vegetable-Garden Boat got more research by a team of 6 participants (year 2 & 3 of the secondary school) and ended up in a lot of gathered knowledge on the subjects of Math, Physics, Biology and 3D drawing put together in a presentation in which life sharing of knowledge and clips were mixed. The team constructed a maquette aswell.
In brainstormsessions ideas are developed and the first steps into teamwork has been done. Every team has a project-manager and solutions are researched and visualised in a maquette. Participants drew in SketchUp, worked with papier mâché, cardboard and foam.
All kind of ideas evolved and water turned out to be the red thread; participants being aware that this is the most important issue when dealing with The Netherlands, Climatechange and discussions on sustainability.
In the workshop the perspective of 1, 2 and 3 vanishingpoints is explained supported by drawn examples on a smartboard.
The participants (scholars: 1 year) join drawing simultaniously doing research in the meanwhile. They are asked to draw an object from their real surroundings on paper using the learned perspectives. Beside books Volume1001, stad als decor (cdrom) serves as an example showing different kinds of perspective in architecture and art. There is also a relation with games and maths.
In the next step the perspective is related to everybody's individual researchquestion (typical approach of the Orion College); in this stage different objects, varying from a precious stone to a typical Dutch 'zorgboerderij' (farm specialized in housing disabled people).
To support the experience of perspective a continuously visual relation is pointed at to the local environment and architecture. By means of a photocamera the participants can practise their way of observation, playing with different perspectives. Having made these pictures they are asked to explain their picture according to their obtained knowledge in this workshop. (Weblog Orion College)
~Elementary~ design, reproduction, construction (6 x 1,5 hrs)
December 2008 - February 2009
After an introduction in Powerpoint on the fenomenon ~element~ participants (scholars 1 - 3 year) are invited to develop an element on paper. As soon as one or more shapes a clear they are asked to prepare breaddow (flower 1 part : water 1 part : salt 2 parts) to make this element 3-dimensional. When this succeeds well they are asked to think about their construction done with many of these elements and the needed reproduction f this. The construction is related to their individual research-question. The workshop resulted in a diversity of forms, shapes and ideas.
The participants stated by experiment that glueing the elements together with a gluepistol worked best, compared to the woodglue I first offered. The drying time was much more quicker. The objects could be painted.
As preparation for the third year of the school the new coaches were offered the workshop 'The space in Orion'. Following up the first schoolyear (2006) adults had the opportunity to experience a way of dealing with space in a less thightly defined usage. For this workshop all the furniture was spread all over the place, inviting the new users to play and observe what happened according to their own (cultural) feelings picking their specific order. (With 'cultural' is meant the way we are learnt to behave; according rules and habits of the community).
Creating an order related to the idea of flexible spaces turned out not to be an easy task, the temptation of returning to the traditional 'classroom' appeared to be stronger then expected by the participants. The concepts of 'this is my place' and 'that is your place' still existed.
The participants were also asked to take a 3D object with them that expressed a space they really felt comfortable in; they were also asked to share this feeling with the others. Remarkable was that images of spaces were shown, not real 3D-spaces, in which we could imagine ourselves.
With these realizations a connection was made with the space in Orion.
Introduction: in a Powerpoint-presentation examples in art are presented that show the usage of different techniques and materials in painting. The different techniques offered to experiment with are: painting with oil, with acrylic, gouache, aquarelle and collagetechniques.
Visiting 2 studio's of artists in town is also part of the introduction. The artists share their experiences concerning their practice and the workshopparticipants have the opportunity to ask questions.
Participants experiment with the chosen techniques and materials trying to produce a work that is related to their research-question; from different subjects approaches they learn more about their passion. It is inspiring to see the choice of the different techniques. Some participants find out that oil paint works much 'slower' than acrilyc paint. Open the weblog of the school.(Dutch).
The results of the workshops are divers and the visits and experiments are individually reported in a document. Check the results on Flickr.