The Folkestone Academy students’ work in the Folkestone Triennial 2011 education and outreach exhibition

The boats installation and video and the collective composition about memories, cultures, images and frames were included in the exhibition at The Old Post Office @ Tontine Street in Folkestone. Works made by students from several local schools are presented at the Triennial’s education space, which is also used as ‘making space’ where free art and craft activities for young people and families are run daily throughout the three months of the Folkestone Triennial.

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these are our boats!

Here is the video made with the footage recorded by the Year 8 Group 8z Ar4 students once they ‘floated’ their boats and performed the English Channel sea traffic.

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composition and installation

The two groups working on their collective pieces spent the last session finishing their individual pictures and making segments of the giant paper frame that run around all created images. The work was finalised with the act of moving the pictures around and collective deciding on their configuration.

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boats floating

During this session students finished working on their boats and have been building nautical infrastructure. The elements such as the cardboard harbour wall and a lighthouse were placed on the sea of joined tables. Then the students prepared their boats for ‘floating’ and moving across the ‘waters’ through attaching fishing wire to the ships and placing themselves around the tables. They created heavy sea traffic through pulling their boats in different directions across the tables. The video made by the students documenting their fleet movements will be available to watch soon.

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memories, culture, images and frames

Students of Year 8 group 8y Ar3 and 8z Ar 3 were looking for the inspiration in Hala Elkoussy work. They were introduced to the idea of an installation artwork and started to work on their individual contributions to the multi-picture work.  The pupils spent the first session drawing the idea maps, discussing, researching and taking photographs in and around the school. They explored their backgrounds, cultures and familiar environments in search for images and words that could create a powerful work about memories and identity. Following week the students started working on their compositions. They used printed photographs taken by themselves, photographs from their family archives, and found footage images. They also learned the transfer printing technique using photocopies of old images and the emulsion paint.

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boats under construction

During the first session the Year 8 students of groups Ar5 and  Ar4 looked at the different types of boats and examples of  Hew Locke’s work. After the ship knowledge and design brainstorming they made drawings of the boats they wanted to make. Work on constructing boats started following week. To make their ships the pupils used collected prior to the workshop plastic trays and packaging that were glued according to their designs. After having all the ships parts assembled the students used plasticine and other materials to create cargo and equipment for their boats.

Photographs taken by students.

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