There seems to have been a lot of laughter this week at the sessions despite some members having had some accidents. A large number of crutches appeared but the best relief as always is a good laugh with friends while creating. Next week the WellArt group will be visiting Abbot Hall Art Gallery to see the Barbara Hepworth exhibition. They have been preparing with some sculpture work already but we will be drawing inspiration from her work over the summer.
Last session for a while but a really enjoyable one. We started playing a verbal game building a story. We then wrote questions and answers, shuffled them randomly and recombined them to make interesting combinations. We then selected one of these to do a piece of writing on. We also played one or two more word games that resulted in poems. A good session with plenty of laughs and some great writing.
Shall We (By a participant)
Gerald and Gertie on a romantic cruise,
You know how dull these things can be,
In the long afternoons out at sea.
“Gertie!”, exclaimed Gerald,
“Yes Gerald?”, she enquired.
“Shall we dance Gertie?”,
“Up the Orinoco my love?” Gertie said slipping on her gloves.
“Shall we sing Gertie?”,
“Like the sea birds in the skies my dear?” Gertie said starting to warble a tone pure and clear.
“Shall we be pirates?”
“Aargh!”, intoned Gertie with passion, adopting a piratical tone.
“Shall we play tennis?”
“Oh Gerald how daring!” lied Gertie who found tennis most wearing.
“Shall we swim?”
“Oh no! The boat will leave us behind. That would be most unkind!”
“Shall we wed?”
“Lets do my sweet! That will do just a treat.”
Today the group generated some random questions and answers and used the unusual answers to inspire a creative piece. Some people finished off canvas pictures or did their own projects too.
On the Ward the group but in a range of media. Looking at apples and pears they created images using collage and pastel. It is difficult to capture the sense of shape on a flat piece of paper but the group made a good start.
In the session, everyone worked on pieces they had previously started. We discussed that it is sometimes good to have a project that runs over a few weeks because you can arrive at the session knowing what you are going to do and then g…et started immediately. As the photos show, there was a varied array of activities: modroc figures (which will be made into puppets); needle felting; lino printing; embroidery and comic art. The session was, as always, lively, productive and supportive.
Some of the group worked on finishing their sculptures. We had looked at reducing figures or objects into simple forms to create modroc sculptures. This was done by wrapping masking tape round screwed up newspaper to get a basic shape then adding modroc over the top. Others were working on watercolour sketches. We had hoped to go out around the grounds of Abbot Hall but the thunderstorms and downpours restricted that a bit.