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Aim: To produce pieces of “art". Taken from the BB Seniors Challenge Plus Pro Pack, Recreation Project R-3


Taster 1
as required

Taster 2
• Sheets of paper, approx. 10cm x 10cm, and a stapler, or,
• A small notebook
• A pencil

Taster 3
• Lego
• Digital video camera via a firewire cable
• Computer
• Animation software, e.g. iStopMotion

Christian Faith
• Three Canvases
• Paint
• Felt
• Coloured paper
• Bibles

• Paint brushes
• Paint
• Computer
• OHP or video projector
• Acetates
• Pencil


Taster 1 - Installation Art

Aim: To introduce the idea of installation art.

Installation art is not about making one object, or one sculpture. Instead it is about the relationships between objects, materials or things, and the particular space that they are in. There is usually a physical experience, e.g. walking Through the space. Installations often involve the viewer’s senses of smell, hearing, touch and sometimes even taste. They can also often be highly interactive and invite the audience to make things happen. An example could involve hanging plastic strips from a ceiling, and then to walk through the room. You’ll be amazed as to how long this will keep people entertained.

Think about:
• Where will the installation be?
Find out as much as possible about the space in which you are making the installation, e.g. shape, fight, sound, materials, function, history context, people who use it etc. An installation doesn’t have to be a big space that you can walk around or in — it could be a desk, a box, a drawer, the palm of your hand — as long as the space you are using is considered part of the art work.

• What will your art say?
Decide what personal response, message, idea or statement you want to say about a space (e.g. your bedroom could be seen as an installation The way you’ve arranged your possessions tells a lot about you as a person). It could be to celebrate or commemorate a special event, e.g. a birthday, Christmas etc.

• What materials will you need?

• Who will see it?

Now get creating

Think in advance about what sorts of materials might be useful, e.g. clothes, sheets, lamp shades, toys etc.

Tips / Advice:
• The materials you could use are endless. It could almost be anything from engine oil to flowers!!!! Literally whatever material suits the job, although it might not go down well if you spill engine oil all over the Church hall!

• Large scale installations usually have big impacts, as they create bold statements. Think about smell, Sound, and light, and detail as well as overall impact.

• Let people know how to behave in the installation — usual ‘don’t touch’ aft rules need not apply — how will they know?

• Remember to tidy away your installation afterwards, but take a picture first. Although we know this is aft, other people who use your premises might just see it as mess!

• It could be part of a Christian celebration, e.g. an alternative take on The nativity scene.

Taster 2 - Flick Book

Aim: To create a flick book animation.

A flick book is a book with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion or some other change:

• Staple sheets of paper together at one edge or use a notebook.
• Draw a simple stick person on the last page of your notebook.
• On the page before, trace the first stick person, but this time make their arms or legs move a small amount.
• Continue tracing your previous drawing on the page before, each time make their arms or legs move a small amount.
• When you have used up all the pages, flick the book from back to front to see the person move!
• Now try and make one a bit more complicated !

Tips / Advice:
Software packages and websites are also available that convert digital video files into custom made flick books.

Taster 3 - Lego Animation

Aim: To create an animation using only lego.

If you like Wallace & Gromit and fancy a go at creating your own animation then using lego is a great place to start.

• Think of a story that you want to tell. Write your own or use a famous story.
• Draw a story board detailing what you want to depict and write a script to go alongside it.
• Create out of Lego the characters, back drop, and props for the film.
• Start animating, patience is definitely a virtue. Set your frame grabbing software to 20 frames per second. With this setting to animate a Lego man to walk you will need to take 3 pictures per step. Experiment and see what looks right, e.g. you can make your characters run by exaggerating The movement of the arms and legs.
• Adding simple sound effects such as footsteps adds lots to your movie.
• Record dialogue and add backing music.

Remember to bring in your Lego and make sure that you know who it belongs to.

Tips / Advice:
• It sounds obvious the longer and more complicated the film the harder it will be to produce. Start of with a simple concept.
• You may need to store the Lego somewhere in between animating. Try and finish a scene, and keep the backdrop intact.
• Use the sound from a film or lv programme and produce animation to it.

Christian Faith - Psalm Art

Aim: To create some artwork for your church based on a Psalm.

The Book of Psalms consists of 150 Psalms, each of which constitutes a religious song. New Testament references show that the earliest Christians used the Psalms in worship, and the Psalms have remained an important part of worship in most Christian Churches. Some Psalms are among the best-known and best-loved passages of Scripture, with a popularity extending well beyond regular church-goers, e.g. Psalm 23, The Lord is My Shepherd, offers an immediately appealing message of comfort and is widely chosen for church funeral services, either as a reading or in one of several popular hymn settings; Psalm 137, By the rivers of Babylon, is a moody meditation upon living in slavery, and has been used in at least one spiritual, as well as one well-known reggae song.

Get permission from your church to create a series of three pieces of art for the building. Choose a Psalm. (Start by looking at Psalm 23, 25, 121).

Think about:
• What does it means to you?
• How does it make you feel?
• What does it reveal about God?
• What ways do you understand or experience these words to be true about God?
• How does it apply to your life?
• What has it made you think about?
• How you can depict this in three images?

Design on paper or on a computer what it will look like, what words you will write, and what materials you will use. Create the artwork.

Tips / Advice:
• You could use photos as part of your artwork.
• Think about where the artwork will be situated.
• Ensure that the art is sufficiently large to be seen around the church.

Project - Mural

Aim: To create a mural

Project Description:
Before you can create a mural think about where you are going to do it. It could be outside or inside, and there are many places that might appreciate a mural e.g. primary school, church etc. Make sure you agree a design before starting the painting.

• Choose an image. Keep it fairly simple, two-dimensional pictures or designs that don’t rely on elaborate shading or perspective, and no more than 3-4 colours.

• Decide where you want the mural. See how you can incorporate architectural details, e.g. you might paint a jungle animal sitting” on a radiator.

• Design the mural. You can use clip art to help you, greeting cards, or from a book. Make colour copies that everyone can work from.

• Make an acetate of the design and project it onto the appropriate part of the wall using an OHR You can either draw directly onto it or print an image designed on a computer. Note that different types of acetate are sold for printers. Alternative project is straight from your computer.

• Mark the position of the projector on the floor with masking tape in case you need to move the projector before you've finished transferring the design.

• Use a pencil to trace the outline of the projected image onto the wall.

• Start painting:
a, Select acrylic paint colours for your mural.
b. Pour each paint colour into a plastic container.
c. Use a wide, flat paintbrush to paint in the large areas of your design first.
d. For straight lines use masking or painters tape as a guide.
e. Blend and shade colours by painting one colour on top of another before the bottom colour has had a chance to dry.
f. Use a round paintbrush to add details and outline images.
g. For a more realistic effect, paint the background before the foreground.
h. Step back from your mural regularly to see how it looks from the distance it will be viewed from.

Tips / Advice:
• Go to a hobby craft shop (www.hobbycmft.co.uk) for ideas and stencils to aid your design.
• ensure that you clean the surface before painting. There must be no grease, wax or oil on the surface and the surface needs to be structurally sound and free of loose particles. Remove all existing loose particles or damaged painted surfaces.
• If the wall has been painted with oil paint or is peeling, strip all the existing paint.
• If the surface has been painted with acrylic paint, sand the entire surface.
• If mould or mildew is present, use a stiff brush and scrub with a mixture of 1 pan bleach and 3-4 pans water. Rinse twice with warm water and allow to dry.
• If your mural is outside you will need to use more durable outdoor paint.
• You could incorporate the following into your design:
— Adhesives You can attach 3-0 materials to the wall in a variety ci ways, including double-sided tape, carpet tape, Velcro, wood glue, and small nails or tacks.
— Chalkboard paint
— Cork You can cut cork with scissors, then attach it to a corrugated cardboard base with wood glue or carpet tape. Large cork pieces curl while drying, so you may have to hold them down with masking tape. (J
— Felt
— Glitter paint
— Glow in the dark paint
— Magnetic paint
— Marker board
— Mirrors
— Wall paint Be sure to use a semi gloss or eggshell paint for your background and accents. Both are much more washable than flat paints.

Safety Issues / Risk Assessment:
• Be careful using ladders, and always use the right type for the job.
• Wear old clothing.
• Clean brushes after use.

For full details see the BB Seniors Challenge Plus Pro Pack, Recreation Project R-3


  • art
  • challenge Plus
  • creative arts
  • mural
  • recreation
  • seniors

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