Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Gallery classes


Yesterday and today I've been giving gallery classes (schoolchildren age 11/15) at Galleri KC. First we looked at the ongoing exhibition with sculptures and objects with mosaic, then they had to get creative.

Why make it simple if you can make it hard? Sometimes I wonder why I have to try untested ideas all the time...it's like I often jump out into the dark. Anyway - I talked about mosaic, that art doesn't have to be like in the old times ... and continued talking about pixels. Then I divided them into groups and gave them bunches of little paper rectangles (easier for me to cut than perfect squares)... and told them to build images on the floor.

The very night before the first class I had nightmares about my idea ... and about little pink and green rectangles... It would have been so much easier to tell them to draw self portraits.

The kids made really good things and had such a fun time. Why had I worried?





Ok - they abandoned the rectangles a bit. But they actually asked if they could. And I said you can always break rules if you have a good reason!

11 comments:

Kitty Kilian said...

You make things hard because you are creative. So choose - be happy with yourself or be uncreative!

aimee said...

this is amazing!! i am going to do this with my own kids - they will love it! these creations are way more fun than self-portraits.

p.s. pathetic cookie houses coming up in the next post.

peggyfussell said...

This is such a great idea! I love that you related mosaics to pixels. And getting the kids out of their seats to work large on the floor like that is genius. So much FUN.

●• Thereza said...

brilliant! and they produced such great pieces. great idea, clever girl!

Aris said...

Love this. You are so clever. Do you mind if I borrow your idea my students will love this. IT will get them out of their seats and playing without focusing so much on a final product.

Veja cecilia said...

underbart roligt ni verkar ha haft! verkligen inspirerande att se deras arbeten!

Camilla Engman said...

Alexandra, det här ser fantastiskt ut! Vad kul. Ser en animation här.

nathalie et cetera said...

funny, before i read your post and just saw the photos, i thought it would be a great way to explain what's a pixel. now i want to take your class, it looks so much fun!

Alexandra Hedberg said...

Aris, please - go ahead and use it for your class! They will love it (at least these kids did!)

But when it comes to Aimee, I don't know if I will allow her to do this with her kids...

Fine Little Day said...

Håller med, ser kul och snyggt ut!

Parisa said...

So beautiful idea,so beautiful works!!! :)