We are a specialist team of artists and musicians from the Royal College of Art and the Royal College of Music. We work as mentors for The Creative Mentors Foundation – a charity whose primary aim is to help make the arts curriculum at State Secondary Schools more rewarding and accessible for dyslexic and dyspraxic children. From September to December 2011 we have been given the unique opportunity to work alongside teachers at Fairley House School for dyslexic and dyspraxic children. Our intention is to deliver projects that challenge pre-conceptions of what art, design and music is and indeed, what it can become, to realize each child’s creative potential and to find ways to increase the child’s confidence in communicating their ideas effectively.
What makes us unusual as team of mentors/teachers is that we are dyslexic and have gone through the education system achieving Master degrees from colleges at the forefront of art, design and music disciplines. Therefore, rather than seeing dyslexia as a disability, we have found that it is gift– providing us with a rich canvas of creativity, innovative thinking and alternate perspectives that are welcomed and very much needed in today’s society. Our aim as mentors is to share this knowledge of working with a ‘disability’ to transform it into an ‘ability’ as we have done, so that each child can have the confidence to use their ‘ability’ to help shape their personal and perhaps, global future….
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
| Moving on from stencil portraits, an alternative way of creating a self-portrait and visualising your identity. |
| Using magazines, newspapers, photographs to cut and collect images, words and letters. |
| Composing the separate elements together to make a new whole.|
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
|Creating a stencil portrait.|
|Stencil cutting and spray painting.|
|Spray painting the models.|
Making the canopy.
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Sunday, 20 November 2011
Creating a graphic identity for iDENcity through the design of a symbol/icon/logo for the Den.
Focusing on the internal layer to the Den structure, experimenting with the interior of the cladding.
Adding clay and hay for weatherproofing, insulation and rigidity.