Another couple of intense and inspiring days spent with different groups around Lytham St Annes.
We spent Thursday morning with the staff and pupils of Red Rose School. We explored space and place, looking at personal journeys around Lytham St Annes and the things of interest encountered along the way.
Working on long lengths of lining paper, students used oil pastels to create linear depictions of a journey they like to take. These included to dance classes, to the snooker hall, to school and to the beach. Areas of interest were marked along the way and these included landmarks, buildings, natural features or memories of events that took place.
Using coloured card students then animated their journey with collage and drawings, building up simple shapes to represent the key aspects.
The resulting works are dynamic, informative and exciting and we thank the students and staff for all their hard work and support.
That afternoon we set up an artist bookmaking session at Ansdell Library. This session was aimed at engaging with people and highlighting their thoughts, cares and concerns about the promenade, the pool area and gardens.
Rachel worked for the entire session making two books. In the pages she stuck down selected photographs that appealed to her and then wrote words which described how she felt about the pictures.
We had a wonderful chat with Peter Byrom, author of several historical books including St Annes Through Time, and his wife, thanks for taking the time to come. Special thanks also goes to Richard Marshall and Christine who made books, sharing thoughts, feelings and inspirations. And of course, many thanks to Sarah, Jude and the library staff who were wonderful hosts.
Friday morning we met with 40 pupils from Lytham Hall Park at the wonderful Park View 4U. We were really lucky with the weather, despite a mischievous wind, as we were working on tarpaulin outside. We discussed with the children different habitats along the coast, concentrating on the sand dunes, the beach and the water.
The children collected different objects from the park, looking at shape, size and texture, then brought them back to long stretches of lining paper. Premixed paint was then used to make multiple prints looking at pattern and repetition, based on the coast line and the creatures that inhabit it.
The children responded energetically and the work created was dynamic and playful, with some lovely sensitive designs. We were really lucky to have Annie from Love My Beach and local marine biologist Nick inspire us all with talks on the richness and diversity to be found along the coast.
A huge thanks to Lytham Hall Park school, Julie, Annie and Nick and the staff at Park View 4U.
Friday afternoon we visited Blackpool University to see the 2nd year Fine Art Students. Students are looking at our brief of community engagement, space and place and are going to be involved with volunteering during our open day activities in April.