On the 10th February myself, Alex Hirtzel (freelance artist) and Sobia Khan (Arts Educator) visited Oliver Thomas Nursery School and Elmhurst Primary School to work with their Newham Family Learning Groups and delivered creative art workshops experimenting with Pattern.
During this workshop participants drew inspiration from images of spices, the Wallace Collection’s Dutch Masterpieces and their own cultures to create four pattern designs based around the themes of ‘Spice’ , ‘Identity’, ‘Treasures’ and ‘Journeys’.
Participants created their patterns using pencils, tracing paper and their imagination. They then went over their pencil designs in felt tips so their patterns would stand out when scanned into the computer
The scanned images of the participant’s patterns will be printed out onto Lazertran transfer paper which will be applied to the final silk pieces and vases that project participants will create for their exhibition which will be held at the Wallace Collection in January and February 2013.
During the workshop participants created some really beautiful designs and particularly enjoyed creating patterns based on Henna designs and Dutch tile designs. Here are some pictures of the groups busy at work and the patterns they created.