This month we had the exciting opportunity to be part of a global project within organisation Creative Junction’s ‘Create Compete Collaborate’ (CCC) network. The project will culminate in an outdoor art piece that will coincide with the Paralympic Games. Lead artists of the project Rachel Gadsden and Mark Smith will not only be working with CMAP in Ecuador and Brazil, but organisation in the UK, USA, Australia, Cambodia and South Africa!
Here, our part of the project has run during the children’s school holidays as part of ‘Colonia Vacacional’ – three weeks of different activities provided by all the Juconi team. Taking inspiration from CCC’s themes and online community, we focused our project in Colonia Vacacional on Movement in Art.
We started by looking at rapid art techniques and different ways of presenting movement in drawing, and emotion through colour. We were keen to encourage the children to free up their inhibitions when drawing, so first presented them with quick fire, messy drawing challenges (‘desafíos’) – primarily using charcoal and coloured pastels as our weapons of choice!
This challenge was to draw your partner using only one line, ie not taking your pen pff the paper, within the one minute timer
This challenge was to transfer the movement we were watching onto the page in front of us, again with a one minute timer. Whilst one person moved/danced the rest of us followed their movements with our pens.
The final challenge was to ‘Añadir solo un color’, or ‘add one colour’. The participants chose one of their impressionist drawings to add colour to, and then chose one colour pastel, giving a reason this colour suits the drawing.
We then continued our theme of movement by creating different types of marionette puppets, both 2D and 3D, and chose our favourite sports and sports people as a basis for the characters.
Next week marks the end of our CCC project and we will be having an exhibition open to the parents of participants, during which we are going to hold a puppet dance with our creations!
PHOTOS & VIDEOS COMING SOON!