Evaluation of Your Art – Cornwall’s art treasures brought you by the Look Group, Bude

 (Our aims are in red)

To make the work of internationally renowned artists accessible to remote communities in North Cornwall

There were 1269 visitors counted plus the numbers attending the Preview, Discussion Afternoon and Celebration. Forty-five adults attended the Discussion afternoon and there were more adults and children at the Celebration than we could count. (There are more details re. our audience at the end of the report.)

Bude Look Group’s blog recorded the process, artists and events of the exhibition https://budelookgroup.wordpress.com/ – on some days the blog was viewed 91 times.

 “An excellent idea – to be able to see such a varied collection without having to travel to the Tate at St Ives.”

“Good to think pieces from Truro Museum are being seen in different localities –good involvement with children’s workshops.”

“Great mix of artists. Good to see a public collection”

“I thought there were some absolutely beautiful pieces of work – very inspiring – a lovely exhibition.”

“Brilliant – showed the range of work in Cornwall – influences of art on each other and made me think of the more famous artists too.

To raise awareness of the Cornwall Schools’ Art Collection by inviting teachers and schools to the galleries

Two letters providing details about the exhibition were sent to 35 schools.

10 schools (395 children) booked workshops at the Castle.

To engage school children with influential pieces of artwork from a range of artists through inviting schools to visit and promoting the workshops relating to the art on display

How successful were the holiday workshops, school visits and Royal Cornwall Museum Learning Team workshops? Details can be found on our blog.

Feedback from teachers:The exhibition was wonderful and it was great for the children to be actively involved. Thank you for allowing our children to be involved with their group and also for the organized (Christmas holiday) workshops. We really hope it can happen again. “

Free Range Kids (Home Tuition Group)

“The children thoroughly enjoyed their morning and it is great to develop links between us and Royal Cornwall Museum.

The pleasure was all ours! Thank you.”

Sally Gordon (Headteacher Bude Infant School)

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Workshop Led by Susannah and Jane from Royal Cornwall Museum Wednesday 21st January 2015

Boscastle Primary School

Our workshop helped us to think more deeply about the artworks in the exhibition. We talked about terms like abstract, realistic or figurative, media and how people link colours to emotions; then we matched vocabulary with artworks. Before we knew it we were able to discuss the artworks and think more about how artists communicate with us through their work. 

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Interacting with the art works

 The aim of the exhibition was to engage the audience with the art, to help them enquire a little beyond what could be a fleeting browse. To help them we have provided several different means, including I Spy Sheets, Quest Cards, Booklets and large question labels with post its. 

I SPY SHEETS

The I Spy sheets are hugely successful as they provide a starting point for conversation between invigilators and visitors. They also slowed the progress around the galleries so that people could take in more.

The Labels

The transparent, extended labels looked good and contained some information about the artist, the artwork and made links with the theme of the exhibition. It was satisfying to see how many people were reading them.

our booklets of additional information
Laminated, bound booklets contained the additional research on artists undertaken by members of the Look Group.

The Booklets

The booklets contained additional information about the artists particularly other examples of their work. Visitors did not voluntarily pick them up. The Look Group decided to dismantle one booklet and mount the A4 sheets below the appropriate artworks. Viewers were interested to read further.

Quest

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Quest Card
The Quest questions, for which we are grateful to Tate St Ives, have been mounted attractively, laminated and collected on rings. They are lovely to hold and excellent at triggering thoughts and discussion. However, people do not voluntarily pick them up. Nevertheless, two local primary schools are bringing groups of children to the galleries especially to use them with the I Spy sheets and Budehaven (GCSE and A level art students) are likely to use some as homework. We will certainly be using them at future Look Group meetings.
Question Labels
Questions and labels
Five artworks have additional transparent labels that ask thought provoking questions and ask the viewer to jot down some thoughts.

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Children’s Holiday Workshop 2 Led by Christine and Jan

Jan and Christine introduction to workshop 2
Beach 2 by James Van Hear was introduced by Jan and Christine without sharing the title.
(c) Dr Nicholas Van Hear (son); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
Beach No 2, by James Van Hear 1922-91

DO YOU THINK IT WAS PAINTED ON PAPER?

Several said no and guessed plastic, glass, wood and clay. We talked about hard shiny materials and one child nearest the label shouted copper. Three of the children knew this was metal.

Introduced the task of making a collage using different papers and cloth.

Most of the children had made a collage in the past and one child explained it very well.

What can you see?

One boy thought it was washing on a line with the sky behind.  I’d never considered that idea but it’s a good one.  Three others agreed but the rest thought it was a beach scene with clothes drying.  We briefly discussed the absence of figures. arranging shapes on the beach

The children arranged a towel,  costumes etc. on the floor. 

(c) DACS; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
Figure by Roger Hilton Cornwall Council Schools Art Collection

Figure by Roger Hilton

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explanation of static and dynamic with everyone demonstrating the difference through frozen stances and actions.

The children chose between collage or painting. 

Didn’t they do well!

Your Art Children’s Holiday Workshop Monday 29th December led by Christine, Jan and Chris

We divided into 2 groups

Louise McClary; (c) Louise McClary; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
Up the Creek by Louise McClary Cornwall Council Schools Collection

This group was inspired by Louise McClary’s Up the Creek

After looking around the exhibition we asked the children to focus on the two paintings that we had selected to stimulate their creativity and asked them to choose the one they found the most inspiring.

Henry, Amalie, Dylan, Thomas and Alfie decided that they would like to work with Louise McClary’s ‘Up the Creek’ because they liked the forms and the colours.

Henry and Thomas
Paintings by Henry and Thomas

We discussed primary colours and the colours that could be made from mixing them.

Dylan
painting by Dylan

They considered bridges and viaducts they had seen and why the artist had wanted to depict a dismembered head.

We looked at wooden African heads to make a comparison.

Alfie
Painting by Alfie

Louise’s e-mail explaining her intentions was read leading to speculation about the emotions the painting evoked.workshop 3

 

Fishing Boat 1966 by Alan Lowndes
Fishing Boat 1966 by Alan Lowndes Cornwall Council Schools Art Collection

This group was inspired by Alan Lowndes Fishing Boat

What can you see?

Chloe, Tai Lea, Taryn, Julia and Chris who led the workshop talked about

  • the simple shapes of boat and pier

    Taryn
    Painting by Taryn
  • their dark outline and how other famous artists like Van Gough have used bold flat shapes separated by dark outlines (cloisonnism)
  • mixed colours both light, medium and dark
  • we looked at how much sea and sky there was and where the most important bits of the picture were placed (the golden composition)
Julia age 7 from Holland
Painting by Julia “The boat is fishing at night because that is when the fish come out of hiding.”

How can this help us with our own painting?

  • We used viewfinders and looked at the sea from the café to select simple shapes
  • We thought about thirds (golden composition) when determining the horizon and main shapes
  • We used oil pastels for outlining shapes, some lights and darks
  • We looked at Lowndes fishing boat, a model and photos to see the curves and how the boat seemed to be moving through the water
  • Finally we wet the paper and used watercolour to mix pale and darker colours
Chloe
painting by Chloe
Tai Lea 2
Painting by Tai Lea

Didn’t they do well!

The Preview

 

The preview was held on Sunday 21st December, the opening day of the exhibition. Everyone was welcome and lots of invitations were extended to many community groups as well as friends and family and those interested in the arts, such as followers of Bude Arts and Music (BAAM)

Left To Right, Look Group Members, Heather, Chris, Val, Chris, (Jeannie @Tate St Ives), Chris, Jan, Jacqui.
Left To Right, Look Group Members, Heather, Chris, Val, Chris, (Jeannie @Tate St Ives), Chris, Jan, Jacqui.

Kind donations were made by Sainsburys and Morrisons and a family member to allow us to buy wine and other refreshments.

 

One Day to Go before the Preview

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Frances and Heather choose a quote to fill a gap. Later children’s work will fill the spaces.
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There are four paintings that need very low light levels so the window shutter was closed in this room and the special gallery lights turned off. No art works could be placed on a wall that had a radiator.
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We are so grateful to Michael and his helper who travelled from the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro with the artworks and worked hard all day to put them on the walls of the two galleries.
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All the artworks look wonderful and the labels are all in place.
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We hope this chart will help us in making our evaluation of the exhibition.
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We drew inspiration from Tate St Ives in creating the I Spy Your Art sheet which shows small details from artworks in the exhibition. On the back are the questions we hope visitors will answer to help us with our evaluation. The sheet is posted into a draw.
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Here is another interactive activity. Jacqui is hanging one of the five question sheets. Visitors write their thoughts and place them behind the sheet where they can read the thoughts of other visitors. Two of them have thoughts that the artists have emailed to us.
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The laminated booklets containing additional information about many of the artists are ready.
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So are the Quest questions. We hope visitors will select questions that will help them to reflect on the artworks.