August 28, 2015
This was the verdict of one young person at Our Lady and St Patrick School (OLSP), Teignmouth, following the workshop there led by Sara Lotto and Kip Pratt. This workshop was part of a series taking place over two months running in all six schools in the Teignmouth Local Learning Community and culminating in a major exhibition on 16th July at Teignmouth Community School. In June, OLSP, Stokeinteignhead, Bishopsteignton, TCS Mill Lane and Shaldon all took part.
Artist Sarah Lollo and well-known Devon music professional, Kip Pratt, visited EVERY village school and town school in the group….and we Trustees tried to keep up. Combining music with art, combining all the schools into comined/blended artworks, huge banners with multi textured, layered effects…listening to sounds and music through headphones whilst interpreting in art media, each school composing its own piece of music inspired BY art.
In the primary schools,children listened to music – live and recorded – then responded to the music through art: exploring pattern in response to rhythm in music ; drawing a range of musical instruments (French Horn, Sax, Violin, Guitar, etc.); exploring & experimenting with mixed media collage & the layering process; looking at other art influenced by music (including Sara’s own), e.g. Kandinsky.
For many children the project broke new ground in breaking down barriers between different art forms and responding to one art form through another. Sara inspired the youngsters by creating a picture herself while Kip improvised on the violin and the children were away!
This was IMMENSE and the youngsters rose to the challenge! Well done to them all, and our thanks to schools co-ordinator for this whole huge project, Dawn Brumham – and big hugs to Sarah & Kip, artist/music professionals.