Salisbury International Arts Festival 2017
Family Workshops at Roche Court
Each year The Roche Court Educational Trust hosts Family Workshops as part of the Salisbury International Arts Festival. This year we were delighted to welcome 20 families for our ‘Sculpture Explorer’ workshops on 1 June. Together with Trust staff, families discovered the work of Anthony Caro, particularly focusing on the ‘Paper Like Steel’ exhibition in the gallery. Families learnt how Caro had discovered ‘washi’ paper whilst he was in Japan as well as the processes he applied to the paper to create his own sculptures, which included folding, rolling, scrunching and even moulding the paper over every day objects such as coathangers!
After the tour, families responded to Caro’s work by creating their own paper sculptures. It was fascinating to see what was made, and to hear exactly what it was about Caro’s work that had been the source of inspiration. Please click here for more information on our Summer 2017 Family workshop programme.
Teachers’ Studio Visit: Giraffes and margarine moulds!
In June the Trust took a group of teachers, artists and educators to London to visit Laura Ford and Andrew Sabin’s studios. The group had the opportunity to look around the making spaces, providing a unique opportunity to see and share how both artists work and to preview their current projects. In preparation for her exhibition for HOUSE Biennial at the Brighton Pavilion, Laura was exploring giraffe sculptures. Laura Ford led a sculpture workshop using newspaper to make armatures, a cost effective way to bring 3D design into the classroom. Andrew Sabin also shared his expertise in casting, using margarine as the mould making material!
Teachers get creative with paper!
In June we were delighted to welcome artist Olivia Bax to lead practical workshops for teachers to consider making sculpture out of paper and card within a classroom setting. Teachers took part in guided tours of the ‘Paper Like Steel’ exhibition by Anthony Caro, for whom Olivia has worked as a studio assistant. The day also included group discussion and practical activities such as learning how to emboss paper onto everyday objects and monoprinting. The day was a huge success with overwhelmingly positive feedback. One teacher commented that ‘it is seldom possible for art teachers to attend practical CPD workshops because of the cost, so it has been invaluable to attend today, to experience new techniques which will impact on my teaching and broaden creative experiences for my students.’