On Wednesday 16th February, we had the first of three sessions making basic wooden sculptures with the professional sculptor and painter Kevin Harrison. Kevin went over the basic woodworking tools with us; showed us the proper way to use a saw, hammer, vice etc and how to put things together using nails and wood glue. Basic stuff, easy if you know how, but a mystery if you don’t!
We made flowers, (or versions of what we consider to be flowers!) from off cuts of wood from Kevin’s studio- true recycling in action!
On Friday 11th February at 10am, there was great excitement at Lawdale Junior School. All were waiting with baited breath to see the finished movie, The Revenge. The film was made by a group of intrepid Year 5’s who were helped (a little) by the artist and film maker Lisa Nash, their form teacher Justine Kavanagh and the volunteer Yasmin Kauser.
The Revenge explores, with slick humour, the depths to which the 9 year old will go to revenge the dastardly deeds of the school bullies. Driven to almost despair by the terrible trickery of the bullies, their victims rally round to exert a well planned and superbly executed superhuman revenge on those self same bullies. Happily, receiving doses of their own medicine persuades the bullies of the error of their ways and, in a manner true to all great screen dramas, everyone lives happily ever after.
The film was screened to all school pupils and teachers with a number of parents also attending. Judging by the peals of laughter from the audience, the film was a great hit. The out takes, edited entirely by the children and Ms Kavanagh were, judging by the overwhelming audience response, even better received. No Oscar nominations are in the offing as yet, but Colin Firth should be worried.
The young film makers took questions from the audience. Questions were far reaching and wide ranging and covered themes from the difficulties involved in keeping a false nose on to the tedium of the constant takes needed to achieve filmic perfection.
The Head Teacher, Ms Annette Rook, spoke about the positive impact that making the film had on the creativity, confidence and aspirations of the children involved. She also reinforced the fact that young people need to grasp and take ownership of new media. She spoke also about how Lawdale School intended to embed new media into the curriculum and use it to enhance that curriculum.
The making of The Revenge was graciously funded by Help a London Child.
We worked on landscape painting with Malcolm Jones over five weeks. We first visited Malcolm’s studio where he showed us his work. He showed us examples of his earlier landscapes ; his current work, which is abstract, is based on landscape. He spoke to us about the techniques and methods he uses to generate the visual images he was looking for in this earlier work, photography, drawing and collage. We also took photographs and made drawings of parts of the local area that interested us. From these, we created a collaged image which we used to create paintings using acrylic paints. Malcolm showed us how to use the paint and brushes to create the effects we wanted. It was brilliant to work with good quality materials and to feel the you were beginning to know what could be done with them and to understand how to use them.
We had a beautiful relaxing time painting to music with Uliana. First we listened to the music and drew pencil lines. We allowed the music to flow through us and let the pencil go where it wanted to go. Not as difficult as it sounds and really fun. The lines we drew created shapes that we painted to create patterns. I think everyone was surprised by what they had done- by how different each painting was and by how interesting and lovely they look!
And of course we also spent time on the patio planting seeds with Yasmin. We planted cucumber, chillies and herbs. Roll on Spring!