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Jane and I were in Whalsay today for The Art World workshop No. 2. Whalsay particularly enjoyed working with clay in the first workshop so I thought it would be nice to give them a task that involved making sculptures for the final exhibition.

We are working with the enthusiastic Mr Stevenson in Art who had lots of ideas of how to help the young artists’ ideas materialise. I introduced the classes to Folk Art (See images from the British Folk Art exhibition at Tate Britain) and we discussed ways to make these images pop out the canvas and into the real world (and the Art World). This is much like what the S1 students are doing in Aith – but Whalsay are using a totally different material and working to a slightly smaller scale. Whalsay are using paper, wire, gumtape, and then paper-mache. Today the students played with the – new to them – materials, and some made little models before they moved on the final works, others went straight in and started building toward the final pieces. I can wait to see their ideas and sculptures solidify.

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