16/10/12...Shop window for Thame's young artists -
FOLLOWING this year's 'Big Draw' event, organised by Thame's Sparks Artists group, an exhibition of art works produced by some of Thame's school children, is on display in the window of Brother Hair salon in Buttermarket.
Thame's Big Draw this year included Lord Williams's School's ‘Big Draw October 2012’ workshops with Christine Tacq and Leonie Lachlan for Sparksartists. They also spent two days with two groups of year six primary school children from Brill and Tetsworth, and mixed ages from Lord Williams’s School on a project linked with the Thame Arts and Literature Festival.
Thame artist, Chrstine Tacq expanded on the event: "This year’s Big Draw theme is ‘2012 in Lines’. Our event description is now on the Campaign for Drawing website www.campaignfordrawing.org as follows:
“Heads Full of Dreams” - Drawings of observed heads become imaginary worlds when young people ‘take a line for a walk’ (after Paul Klee) and become something else again when these shapes are printed together.
“Lines Beneath our Feet”. Inspired by maps of Thame’s past and possible future - young people draw images to layer and print together. These include buried objects, movable borders and other transformations.
Works exhibited at Brothers Hairdressers, in the windows that face Pump Lane, are from Big Draw workshops with pupils from Lord Williams’s School, Thame and feeder primary schools”
THE DREAMS INSIDE OUR HEADS
For a ‘Big Draw’ workshop, pupils from Brill School and Lord Williams’s School drew portraits of hair from observation. They used mirrors and by taking a line for a walk they created indented card that they inked up to make a shared print inspired by a Japanese print. The artist Paul Klee liked to ‘take a line for a walk’ (see the angel’s hair below) to free his imagination. Chosen objects and imagined shared spaces were added to the prints with chine collé (a kind of printed collage) and embossing.
THE LINES BENEATH OUR FEET
Copies of a map from the Museum showed that Thame still had shared fields till 1823-6. Pupils from Tetsworth School and Lord Williams’s School indented card and inked it in stripes, then squares, to show (like Paul Klee and Van Gough’s drawn and coloured fields) changing fields. ‘Drawing games’ made it possible to imagine objects that might be lost on playing fields and dug up in gardens years from now. Prints with added chine collé and embossing were also inspired by memories of lost places in works by Rachel Whiteread.