Can you see a dragon?

Can you see a dragon?

I can!

I took this photo from the back garden. You have to love cloud formations!

There are dragons sleeping everywhere, particularly in Edinburgh!

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John Byrne Drawing Competition 2018

pexels-photo-316465.jpegI am fortunate to have been asked to support some young people in entering this competition. I spent quite some time online trying to discover how others have tackled this creative challenge over the years so I thought I would share what we did – acrostically over a 5/6 week hour lesson period. (RR – Acrostic often helps me to pull my creative thoughts into order, often provides a hook, but best not to contrive)

B – Byrne – Biography

Y – You – Self portraits

R – Rene and Rousseau – How surreal!

N – Neurons, now think!

E – Evaluate and endeavour

A detailed overview is in the document below.

 

John Byrne Drawing Competition

John Byrne Drawing Competition 2018 Process Questions

We used the Expressive Arts Benchmarks and Aberdeenshire Expressive Arts Curriculum Framework to formulate learning intentions, success criteria and identify skills for the children to develop and explore.

 

 

Reflections

Re: Random reflections

Important to go back and reflect, recall, recap upon experiences sometimes to recover, often to rediscover and most importantly to retrieve the best parts to create with. I think I will discover that there are most definitely recurring themes to the developments I have participated in.

If I keep returning to these, reusing them, then hopefully the best bits can be recycled.

Simple idea

Take time to look onto the surface of the water on a lake, puddle on a dull day. Lovely play to be had with the shadows projected onto the surface of the water. (Note to self – find photos taken)

 

BTW – I love this shop I had the fortunate opportunity to visit their pop up shop in Liberty some time ago.

Cow Power Christmas Card

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Lino cut Christmas Card

 

We visited Copenhagen some time ago. It was an inspirational trip. The architecture was stunning, even the street furniture blew me away. Stars on drain covers – quite beautiful.

On the Marble Church we spotted cows carved into the stonework. This image was my inspiration for a Christmas card.

I think it is incredibly important to have an insight of the creative process that realises the product.

  • Selected and researched the image
  • Sketched ideas, procrastinated.
  • Improved the drawing, but didn’t quite finish it
  • Traced the design
  • Transferred the design to the lino
  • Experimented with the lino cutting tool on a scrap
  • Cut the lines
  • Realised that I had forgotten to add the word ‘jul’
  • Carved ‘jul’
  • Cut paper
  • Moved to another room to set up to print – organised newsprint, gloves, roller, tray, rolling pin (no printing press)
  • Selected ink – black (that took a while)

IT WAS A LONG PROCESS – will finish this post later.

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s start building

Time to share some creativity.

I was gathering images of flora and fauna to create dragon parts with when I visited the orchard at Fraser Castle. I was amazed by the ‘apple skin shells’ strewn across the grass. The flesh, I think, had been demolished by wasps. The apple skin left quite skeletal like. I thought that was quite clever but obviously infuriating for the gardeners.

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