Jill Coughman, the artist who led two workshops at Burraton Primary School, explained she collected flotsam and jetsam from the beaches and shoreline outside Ashtorre and took the collected objects to her studio in order to make studies of them for her own work as well as examples for the pupils.
She demonstrated how observational drawings were made of the pieces, all quite small, broken and damaged by their time in the sea. She then investigated different areas and transferred the most interesting design onto a 19cm square. Using a limited colour range of one primary colour and its complementary opposite, she blocked in, making sure the white of the paper was covered.
The pupils all had a selection of flotsam and jetsam to make their own drawings using pencil and line only. They selected the most interesting design to draw onto their square and they too used one primary, its complementary opposite, and in some cases a brown to add colour to the design however they felt best suited their composition. They could blend and scratch (sgraffito) into the oil pastels if they felt it enhanced their art work.
Each class had approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes (including the demonstrations) to produce these fantastic images and we applaude their superb efforts in such a short space of time. The composite artwork, arranged and mounted by Jill, will be on display at the exhibition.
Here is a small excerpt of what is quite a large artwork...
“We used ‘Brusho’ paint to cover our card to represent the sea. The children used blue materials, (ribbon, rope etc.) to weave through the netting. This took a lot of time and help from Kalum Wilmot (an A-Level student from Saltash.Net who is going to Plymouth University in September to study Primary Education.) We decided that this would form the main piece of artwork - representing a wave. The children then positioned the ‘rubbish'/flotsam and jetsam onto the netting/card and I stuck it down using a glue gun (wouldn't trust that class with the glue guns! Ha ha!) The children then used paint rollers to make waves for their own individual pieces and placed on portions of carrier bags shaped into boats. (They decided that lots of bags get washed onto the beaches.)"
Here is a small excerpt of what is also quite a large artwork on display until the 10th Sept...