SICCDA Over-55 Womens and Mens Groups based in the Liberties, Dublin 8
Working over a series of 5 cumulative sessions, artists explored printmaking processes with an Over-55 Women and Mens group in the Liberties Dublin.
The project encompassed ideas of community and place, with a particular focus on the built environment that surrounds the group. Artists were encouraged to share contemporary art practice with participants and work with a collaborative focus, generating ideas with the group to form a collaborative artwork for the building.
Artists Maureen Burke and Siobhán Cox and education curator Jean Mann, worked with the Liberties Over 55s group, as part of Black Church Print Studio ‘s Action Research Project supported by the Arts Council’s Capacity Building Support Scheme.
The Outdoor Classroom, Stanhope Street Primary School, Dublin 7
Black Church Print Studios artists Caroline Byrne, Siobhan Cox and Education Curator Jean Mann, worked on an Outdoor Classroom project with 4th Class pupils from Stanhope Primary School in Stoneybatter Dublin 7.
The Outdoor Classroom Project used the outdoor environment for research purposes, gathering natural materials and artmaking.
Project Artists shared contemporary art practice with pupils and worked with a collaborative focus, generating ideas with the group to form a collaborative artwork, process and intervention in the school building.
The artists made handmade paper with the children, incorporating natural elements and pressing plants into this handmade paper, which they then printed on together.
Session 1: Laying foundations for the project.
After looking at examples of handmade paper prints from Caroline’s artwork, children from 4th class foraged for organic materials, leaves, flowers and plants in their schoolyard to use in creating their own handmade paper. These precious samples were then carefully carried back to the classroom where the natural materials were pressed onto blotting paper for use later in the project. Pupils then made natural dye in jars using onion skins, beetroot and marigold petals they had collected. Our final fun task for the day was to tear up school recycling paper which was put to soak to make paper pulp for stretching out next week..
Session 2 – paper making.
Today children learned the process of making handmade paper. Using recycled school paper the girls shredded last week, we further blended this soaked shredded paper into pulp. Then using a mould and deckle, children worked together in groups sieving the pulp onto the frame, while adding their pressed flowers and organic material. They then peeled this new paper onto a cotton sheet and hung up to dry on a clothesline.