Art Tutor – Julie James-Turner
Over the past few years the Creative Arts Workshops have grown and developed into three really enthusiastic groups with lots of ambitions to learn more art skills and gain knowledge. The students always get really involved with each theme and art project, bringing in library books, photographs and images, so encouraging group discussions, which promotes further interest and engagement in their local community, as well as enriching the learning experience. We are always looking for new ways and opportunities to develop and progress and make further links with our community.
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The Creative Arts Workshop group have really enjoyed designing and creating stitched trees for the stitch a tree “Forest” exhibition in the Whitworth Gallery Manchester in Autumn 2018 to highlight the plight of refugees. The project has been a great source of discussion as we have been working on WW1 as our theme this academic year and have been researching refugees from WW1. So this project was a fantastic way of connecting with the plight of refugees today. The creative educational sessions encourage students to nurture their own artistic talents to make artworks and the stitched trees have been a stimulating project.
“Field to Fabric” was a large project involving other WEA groups across the region working together to create a display at the Royal Horticultural Show in Tatton Hall Cheshire. Our garden display won a bronze award! We went on to win anAward for Innovation from the WEA too! Our groups researched the history of the Lancashire cotton mills and created two large apron banners depicting local history, along with two further apron banners using college techniques to recreate industrial landscapes in the style of two Lancashire artists; Lowery and Major.
We also created a flock of birds and some mammals using sculptural techniques. ￼ ￼
Exhibitions; The Atkinson Art Gallery & Arthouse Gallery Southport and RHS Tatton Hall.
Study visits; Queen Street Mill, Helmshore Mill, Liverpool World Museum, Liverpool Library, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Atkinson Art Gallery, Liverpool Maritine Museum, Manchester Museum of science and industry and the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool. ￼ ￼
Students explored local natural history; flora ￼and fauna. In partnership with Lancashire Museums our theme was “Gardens of Delight”. We created a textile book illustrating, plants and their natural dyes with the butterflies, moths and insects that live and feed on them which we exhibited at the Harrogate Knit & Stitch Show. The pages became part of a bigger book that is currently used as a museum resource for schools and colleges.
We also explored self portraits gaining inspiration from Andy Warhol’s prints, we exhibited these in the Arthouse Gallery Southport. ￼
Exhibitions; The Knit & Stitch Show Harrogate, The Arthouse Gallery Southport and Ormskirk and Skelmersdale Libraries.
Study visits; Queen Street Mill, Liverpool World Museum, The Harris Museum, Liverpool Library, Blackpool Butterfly Palace, Blackpool Zoo and the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool.
The theme of ‘Lines of Enquiry- Ties to the past’ was our inspiration. This theme was designed to integrate active research learning with “hands on” art workshops and critical enquiry, which linked to a partnership with Lancashire museums and galleries. We took the Home Front period of the 1940s during WW11 as our focus, from museum exhibitions loan boxes and archives. This culminated in a performance and exhibition event at Helmshore Mill Museum in June 2013. ￼
Study visits; Museum of Lancashire, Liverpool World Museum, Museum of Liverpool Life, Manchester Museum of science & industry, The Pier Masters House, Liverpool Maritine Museum and the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool. ￼
Students created a textile book ￼with each page depicting their favourite artists work. It was exhibited in the Harris Open Art Exhibition of 2012.