The Art Factor provides extra-curricular activities for artistically talented and able pupils to experience inspirational visual arts workshops. The experimental sessions facilitated by professional artists, are aimed at developing the skills and confidence of pupils and encouraging the take up of arts based qualifications within Powys.
CRIW CELF has been devised for 11-14 year olds. In total 37 pupils were nominated by secondary schools across South Powys to take part, with a maximum of 12 places available.
Arts Alive Wales is delivering the project in South Powys while Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown are delivering in the north. The project will culminate in a publication and celebratory event in autumn 2014.
A total of 3 workshop sessions ran on Saturdays at the Arts Alive Wales studio in Crickhowell between April and June, as well as an exhibition trip to the National Museum Wales in Cardiff. The project’s Lead Artist, Morag Colquhoun, introduced participants to a new artist at each workshop, exploring different ideas and approaches to making art.
1) First workshop on Saturday 5th April with artist Philip Watkins exploring landscape drawing and painting
“I studied Fine Art at Newport Art College. I’ve been a painter ever since – with excursions into Animation, Youth Work and teaching adults. In my painting I work from observation. I make drawings of places that hold a particular ‘atmospheric’ interest for me. I then work things up in the studio, using light and subtle colour relationships, added to memory, to convey a mood that I hope people can identify with. ” – Philip Watkins. See examples of Philip’s work here.
2) Second workshop on Saturday 21st June with artist Tessa Waite exploring printmaking
“My work is often triggered by a remembered story or event. I use a variety of materials and techniques in an intuitive way; exploring the materials and ideas simultaneously. Collage is a good starting point for me; where images can be played with, changed and combined with other media. I recently made a series of short animated films where this process of change and transformation was revealed and explored.” – Tessa Waite. See examples of Tessa’s work here.
3) Third workshop on Saturday 12th July with artist Richard Harris exploring outdoor sculpture and land art
“My work aims to be sensitive to the needs of the site and the people that use it. The sculpture does not solely work as a visual image, but is there for people to experience, unfolding as they come into contact with it, creating a space that has a relationship to its surroundings.” – Richard Harris.
Morag’s art work includes video, sculpture, installation, text and performance and she is particularly interested in exploring the relationships between art, energy and ecology. Morag previously worked as an archaeologist and with her horse in forestry. She later studied art at Cardiff School of Art and Design, where she now teaches art and design degree students. Morag has worked on a range of art projects in a variety of places, including rivers, woods and half way up mountains. As well as exhibiting her own art, she has also curated exhibitions of art by other artists and has led art workshops and tours in galleries including the National Gallery of Wales in Cardiff. Morag enjoys teaching art to young people, adults and children and she enjoys encouraging all her students to develop their own interests and abilities in art.
Originally from Oslo Norway, Toril Brancher lives and works in South Wales. She received an MA and BA(Hons) in documentary photography at University Wales Newport. Toril’s most recent Welsh commission is from the Glynn Vivian in Swansea; to make a portrait video installation of the painter Glenys Cour, to be shown at a retrospective show of Cour’s work in 2014. Current work with Arts Alive is to build on the experience with Glenys Cour and document The Art Factor – Portfolio sessions with a similar mixture of still and moving images, in an attempt to visually record the creative process as well as outcomes. The images will be included in the project’s publication and celebratory event in autumn 2014. Toril’s work is in the collections of the V&A London and National Museum and Galleries of Wales Cardiff as well as private collections. www.torilbrancher.com
Workshop Images : photo credit Toril Brancher
Criw Celf is funded by the Arts Council of Wales and Powys County Council.
The Art Factor project is inspired by Raising the Bar – a project developed by Ruthin Craft Centre on behalf of Denbighshire CC, Portfolio – developed by Galeri and Criw Celf designed and delivered by Gwynedd CountyCouncil.