The Children’s Art School

These pieces were created by a group of 11-15 year olds at our Saturday Art School.  We set out to explore journeys, flow and mindfulness. The young artists looked at images of train lines cutting through the countryside, discussed the feeling of movement and rhythm when travelling by train, and looked at satellite images of rivers and of moving water. Exploring the sense of being taken on a journey and the idea of ‘going with the flow’ the artists used brusho powder dropped into water to allow the accidental to occur. The movement of the water and colour on the paper meant the artists had less control and they were encouraged to delight in the unexpected  and in the surprises and potential of the media. Once dry the artists responded to their paintings using drawing materials, from chalk pastels to fine-liners. We asked the group to work quietly (not easy for our enthusiastic creatives!) in order to create an atmosphere of quiet and contemplation. The young artists were encouraged to use flowing continuous lines which allowed a certain rhythm to develop and an intuitive response to the paintings in front of them. The result was lovely: beautiful meditative abstract pieces using mixed media which reflect movement, rhythm and flow and which are somehow reminiscent of maps, landmarks and geological formation.

Thank you to Penistone Partnership Line for their support with this project.

 

Tranquillity by Daniel Mariner

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“I painted this at my recent pottery group as a scene of calm, peace and tranquillity. It gave me peace and made me calm as I painted it and I can drift away when I look at it now to a happy place where problems don’t exist and the start of the new day is bright and inviting and full of possibilities.”

The Water (2019) by Pamela Crowe

The water

I bathe.
The water holds me like my mother can’t.
Too busy answering demands and ducking shouts.

It stays,
and cradles me like my mother can’t,
laps forward, foams, taunts.

Shall I
sink a little lower now.
Go under and be fully loved?

The scum
wanders meaninglessly over
and I smack a cloud into the air.
It rests above the taps, 30cm or so,
a little cloud. Oh fucking joy, my cloud, it’s hope again.

www.pamelacrowe.com

Trust (2019) by NanoHour

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“Trust” looks at betrayal and the loss of your true self. The experience of trusting someone is very valuable and often had to come by. Many people take advantage of trustful people, manipulating them as mush as they desire. This work features a figure that misplaced their trust too many times, causing them to revert to a darker self – effectively destroying a once kind and calm person.

The world of the imaginary is a large topic to focus on. From phenomenon to story telling and mental illnesses, my work explores the uncanny in great detail. My interest with unusual realities stems from my joy in storytelling and inability to properly explain my views of the world. I express my views through the influence of folktales, fears and psychology. Using psychoanalysis, parascom and xenophobia, my work mainly aims to put out my views of the world for people to view and possibility relate to. Parascom is using and mixing the real and the imaginary to tell a narrative, which fits with xenophobia (the fear of the unknown) that many individuals are interested in. Conspiracy theories are main factors of and to my work. In particular databases such as SCP foundation and Creepypastas are key elements, these databases containing stories about creatures and entities made up by the community. When expressing my ideas, media such as video and photography are my chosen inventory. In modern times, video is a media that is everywhere and used in many different ways. For instance, musician YUNGBLUD is a main influencer for my video work. His videos each tell a story, each focusing on a different topic in his life. My work gains most of its influence through YUNGBLUD’s darker music videos. These videos play around with inner demons, mental illnesses, and views of a unique reality. When using video, I can connect to a larger audience, and experiment with a range of other supporting medias, such as installation. My work is far from ordinary however it links and imbeds itself in to people views on reality, due to the research and its unusual nature. People are always interested in the unknown and altered realities of life, even though there is a dark fear to it.

https://nanohour.weebly.com/

Fear (2019) by NanoHour

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“Fear” looks at the inner self and the overwhelming fears of both speaking out about your difficulties and talking action to battle those fears. The skull and skeleton tail represents danger and wildness of an inner demon, whereas the figure wearing a gas mask represents control and creation. The work comments on the inner struggle when going through mental illness, as well as xenophobia (the fear of the unknown) and escape.

The world of the imaginary is a large topic to focus on. From phenomenon to story telling and mental illnesses, my work explores the uncanny in great detail. My interest with unusual realities stems from my joy in storytelling and inability to properly explain my views of the world. I express my views through the influence of folktales, fears and psychology. Using psychoanalysis, parascom and xenophobia, my work mainly aims to put out my views of the world for people to view and possibility relate to. Parascom is using and mixing the real and the imaginary to tell a narrative, which fits with xenophobia (the fear of the unknown) that many individuals are interested in. Conspiracy theories are main factors of and to my work. In particular databases such as SCP foundation and Creepypastas are key elements, these databases containing stories about creatures and entities made up by the community. When expressing my ideas, media such as video and photography are my chosen inventory. In modern times, video is a media that is everywhere and used in many different ways. For instance, musician YUNGBLUD is a main influencer for my video work. His videos each tell a story, each focusing on a different topic in his life. My work gains most of its influence through YUNGBLUD’s darker music videos. These videos play around with inner demons, mental illnesses, and views of a unique reality. When using video, I can connect to a larger audience, and experiment with a range of other supporting medias, such as installation. My work is far from ordinary however it links and embeds itself in to people views on reality, due to the research and its unusual nature. People are always interested in the unknown and altered realities of life, even though there is a dark fear to it.

https://nanohour.weebly.com/