I think we had about 150 – 200 kids on saturday who all engaged and produced some interesting images. most children feel he has trawled himself out of the ocean with a few voting for subterranean and one or two suggesting the sky or a new planet called ‘sweetie land’ and he lived on lollipops. . . . a few kids went home and brought their siblings back to the museum to demonstrate the wax resist technique and were quiet possibly an improvement on me.
no cold wax free casting today as it was too hectic and we needed a powerpoint to heat the wax cookers.
school class from lurgan – 1st years on a history trip – about 30 kids and two teachers. they noticed the moaning sound first and fell quiet. following a short explaination of my role in the museum and materials i like to work with they viewed malcolm and returned to the table to disscuss the work. intriqued by the cow horns and latex.
afternoon mainly nursery age children who mastered the wax resist mark making with thheir parents making work too. from 2pm older children attended and made cold free wax casts at my work table – very successful. these will fill the platform that malcolm sits on.
Busy day today, both workshops going full tilt and all age groups enjoying the 3d wax scale making. Interpretations of the type of beast ranging from oceanic type to giant squid to sky dweller and venus fly trap. Many different nationalities in today, bulgarian, american and australian.
Everyone is interested in supplying the beast with an exoskeleton for protection and are genuinely fascinated with pouring warm wax and seeing it become solid and ‘other worldly’. I asked if he could be a candidate for visiting during the ‘night at the museum’ event for children and adults who actually sleep over and go around the exhibits and view with torches. I stated that Malcolm would be deligthed with the company.
i am making work while there and this is on display in the workspace in a locked perspex box.
I saw a good amount of younger children again who were enthralled again and spent a long time looking at the ‘beast’ and then made images of him as well as his ‘planet’ ‘underground cave’ ‘deep sea cove’…one was able to tell me that the strobe light was a way of contacting others when noise couldnt be heard…..
i am working on an exoskeleton for an egg that we all think may well be the answer to re-establishment of the species.
I Thought was very quiet while the st.patrick parade was on but busy before and after. children got into making the cold wax free casting right away. grandparents and parents interested in how work was all made and inquiring again about where they can purchase my work. salt mark making explained and demonstrated. interest shown in attending classes.
Continuing to add steel wool, nails, etc to large wax egg.
discover art was booked in the morning so closed to the public. collage workshop also being offered to children as part of creativity month with the subject being stripes. weaving also offered.
Children still amking the cold wax free castings to make an exoskeleton for Malcolm to get him back home…..
Another fabulous day in the discovery art department. both workshops on offer and i added a drawing machine that spirals ink into an underground cavern. german visitors asking about the belfast art scene and completely enthralled. a ‘retired’ artist who claimed she had divorced herself from art was going straight home to break out the canvas and brushes……..
is looming and it will be my last day in the discover art department as i will be teaching these methods to art teachers on saturday 31st.
i shall be sad to leave this residency. it has been wonderful to share art and it many merits with children and adults and to see their sheer delight with what they can make with just a few marks. they will never look at a household candle and salt in the same way!