Young Arts Workshops

Young Arts Workshops

5 Feb 2019 - 16:52 BY Jane Adamson

The Arts Society Knole sponsored two workshops with two artists who were keen to work with students at the Knole Academy Sevenoaks in January 2019.

Thursday 24th January
Rosie James workshop with year 10 textiles students with the idea is to create work which could inspire their exam project and provide material for their portfolios.
This was an exciting opportunity for all the students to learn some new techniques and find out a bit more about what a textile artist does! The workshop was incredibly beneficial to all of the students, not only will they be able to use the work they produced, but also the experience of working with Rosie James to inform part of their GCSE Component 1. All of the students have built and developed transferable skills that they will continue to use throughout the remainder of their GCSE course. 

Student comments:

“When I found out about the textiles workshop I was really excited because it is with a really good textiles artist called Rosie James and that is such a good opportunity. Rosie came in and showed us her work first of all, which was really interesting! We had to try lots of different things; from doodling using the sewing machine to working with bondaweb and figures. I found the whole day really enjoyable and the skills and techniques we learnt are really useful, I will use them in my project.”
Jake, Year 10
“In the Rosie James workshop I learnt how to sew figures more accurately using different techniques on the sewing machine, I also learnt how to add blocks of colour and texture to my work using fabric samples and bondaweb. Working with a textile artist was very inspirational and I enjoyed seeing her work.”
Lorena, Year 10
“The textiles workshop with Rosie James has helped me feel more confident using machine embroidery, I really enjoyed working in the style of Rosie James and have learnt lots of techniques I will use again in my own projects.”
Sean, Year 10

Monday 28th January
Su Blackwell workshop with Post 16 students to develop their understanding of textile techniques and create work which can be used as part of their coursework projects.
Su delivered an exciting session focused on paper-cutting,  using existing imagery from book pages and magazines to tell a story. The students were taught how to use paper cutting techniques and create their own tunnel book, with many linking this to the theme of their coursework projects. Our post 16 students have learnt skills that will be incredibly useful as they complete their A Level courses, and provide a great starting point for their exam projects.

Student comments:

“I loved the workshop, I loved the skills and techniques that we learnt, I worked all day and really enjoyed it-please can we have Su back!
Willow, Year 13 Fine Art
“I really enjoyed meeting the challenge of a new skill, especially as I  was actually a bit nervous about the prospect. My teachers and friends really made me feel I could do it and I did!”
Billy, Year 13 Fine Art, Textile Design and Graphic Communication
“As soon as I walked in I was motivated to work with the skills Su demonstrated. I created an idea quite quickly to form a box-tunnel book, responding to the imagery available.”
Harry, Year 13 Textile Design
“It was an experience to remember, I have gained a new skill that I can use in the future, and I made a piece of work for my coursework.”
Elliemay, Year 13 Textile Design and Graphic Communication
“It took me a while to think of a design but then I really got into it by responding to illustrations I found in the books provided. I really enjoyed the experience and the fact that it introduced me to a new technique so much so, that the next day I brought in a book to continue working on the technique;  making a new tunnel book linked to my coursework.”
Olivia, Year 13 Fine Art


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