ArtSpace – Week 6

“I would love for the project to carry on.”

The focus today was around cracks – creating them, filling them, covering them and exposing them. We brought various materials together in order to continue working on the concertina books.

“I’m nervous but really excited for the exhibition.”

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This also inspired and encouraged discussion for a final collaborative piece for the YPA exhibition.

“Even though there is some structure, I like that I can interpret ideas in my own way.”


ArtSpace – Week 4

This week’s activity involved making concertina books. The books were then filled by transferring images, backgrounds and pictures created in previous weeks.


“The sellotape technique is something I can do at home”

The young people learnt a new technique – “sellotape printing”. The technique was achieved by using various sizes of sellotape over images or text we liked, soaking them in water and then transferring them on to our artwork, creating a transparency effect

“I’m learning new skills from week to week.”


ArtSpace – Week 5

This week we focused on working with sculpture. To introduce sculpture building, we worked with tinfoil in order to develop the skill of 3D sculpting.

screen-shot-2017-02-28-at-14-09-53The starting activity led on to the main part of the session where we began sculpting out of pipe cleaners and wire. We focussed on work from previous weeks as inspiration for what we would be sculpting. The pipe cleaners made stronger sculptures whereas the wire was trickier to manipulate but could achieve more intricate designs.

“The project so far has been really good – I enjoy coming.”

Artspace – Week 3

The starting activity this week was a bit of fun and had participants and staff in fits of giggles. We had to do blind drawings of one another and not take our drawing tools off the page, using charcoal, pencils and felt tips.

“I already know what I’m going to do next week!”

screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-22-44-34The main activity was to use the backgrounds we had made last week and develop them further, encouraging participants to work on layering their work and focus on a working progress rather than an end result. There was a group consensus that continuing to work on pieces from last week was really effective and thought provoking of how best to do it.

“At first I didn’t want to work on top of my art from last week, but I’ve learned that art isn’t always finished.”

ArtSpace – Week 2

The second session of YPA welcomed several more participants onto the programme, enhancing the groups size.

For the starting activity this week, participants would take a page from a magazine and alter it in some way. Various techniques were used, from enhancing what was already in the magazine, changing it completely and also some collaging.

The main activity was to create various backgrounds that can be used in future weeks. Participants were shown various mediums to work with, brusho inks, acrylics, music manuscripts, maps, newspaper, pastel, chalk, etc, and participants could work either big or small scale.

“I am coming up with ideas I have never thought of before.”