Plymouth University Summer School Workshop
Reinventing Myself – A workshop creating a character with a political view
Drawing Together Blog by Jo Larsen Burnett, Aug 3 2015 09:15PM
Drawing Together ran a workshop for Plymouth University Summer School today. I was very lucky that my good friend and collaborator was able to step into the breech and help. Firstly I must say that we both thoroughly enjoyed working with 70 odd students from China. Most of them were at University in China reading Engineering, and other Sciences or Finance Degrees; there were among them some very able artists. We also had the help of one third year illustration student studying at Plymouth University called Laura. This was her first ever workshop. She did so very well….I think Laura may well have been a little overwhelmed by numbers! but she definitely coped well and was invaluable in helping keeping things organised.
Art & English working together can create a dynamic and energised atmosphere in which the students really dig into their personal experiences and come up with really interesting interpretations. The students started by making a portrait of themselves which we made into badges. The workshop was loosely tied to work the students had been doing learning about English Cities and the trips they had been on while they were here. The remit was to make a political (or Statement) poster. As always with the students on this summer school course they made some brilliant attempts at tackling English approaches, English Language etc and some of the posters they produced where really very clever both from the point of view of design as well as the subjects they chose to tackle.
It was a manic afternoon with over thirty students to each session but I think all three of us felt the time spent was thoroughly worthwhile. We had been going to produce printed posters using various pressless approaches but a mix up in room bookings meant we could not do this….and in retrospect this was a real blessings. 70 odd students working with messy ink in a very small space would have been a road to a lot of very inky students, floors, tables and carpets!!!! So it was a blessing in disguise.