making art happen

We​ ​live​ ​in​ ​a​ ​moment​ ​in​ ​which​ ​the​ ​visual​ ​language​ ​is​ ​an important​ ​part​ ​of​ ​our​ ​everyday.​ ​We​ ​need​ ​tools​ ​and instruments​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​read,​ ​to​ ​generate​ ​and​ ​to​ ​decode the​ ​images​ ​around​ ​us.​​ ​T​his​ ​project​ ​proposes​ ​a​ ​wider understanding​ ​and​ ​acknowledgment​ ​on​ ​visual​ ​language through​ ​contemporary​ ​art.

Description

The idea is to offer an exclusive programme of summer camps based on two important values: CONTEMPORARY ART through practice and leading by spanish artists and BILINGUALISM, Spanish and English language.

Methodology

– Learning the creative process of the artist from the contemporary artists themselves. Knowledge through a variety of activities, different ways of exploring, investigating, thinking and developing a work of art.

– The use of visual artistic elements such as the light, shadows, composition and colour. The use of mediums such as photography, video, theater, performance and installation.

-We will use the exhibition space as the objective for investigation; the scenography, communication and the curatorial elements. We will give meaning to the creations and think about the different ways to showcase the work.

– The cultural mediation for the workshops will translate the contemporary art praxis to the everyday.
– The use of Spanish language as added value to the learning.

Goals

-Exercise creativity to know our environment in a critical and personal way.
-Learn other forms of personal expression through contemporary art.
-Show different ways of telling our reality.
-Educate artistic sensibility

Our first workshop

maria arceo, artist

SUPPORT
Instituto Cervantes London , an official institution conceived to promote the
Spanish language and Hispanic culture supports Making Art Happen, a project
which will take place in schools and cultural centres across the UK. The project’s nature
and the aim is to help Spanish contemporary art and Spanish language dissemination,
as well as generating new forms of access for the use and enjoyment of the
contemporary art created by our artists.

ubiquotechs, a group of Spanish computer scientists have been in contact with us to be able to collaborate in making a final exhibition applying its technology of interactive sensors. In short, we could make a final interactive presentation!

transit projects Transit Projects collaborates with the most important cultural, educational and social organisations in order to help define innovative strategies for companies, associations, foundations or public institutions. We believe it is essential to redraw profiles and functions, define new lines of action and structure new internal process in an ever-changing working scene. 

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the sound of taste

Always desire to learn something useful.  Sophocles

Description

This workshop explores the possibility to strengthen the senses such as taste and auditory by cancelling the sight. this way, the flavours perceived are highly stimulated and the sound more genuine and honest when tasting, avoiding the influece or interfere or void the other two.

Methodology

A volunteer from the group, placed on the other side of the wall, blindly tastes food through a hole; the sound or noise he/she makes when tasting is recorded and repeted by all other participants to create a relation between food and sound. Once all the food is tasted and sound recorded, all participants will agree in a performative show, a chorus of sounds, using the food tasted and the sound recorded.

Goals

The activity exercises the creative use of our senses in to our everyday as well as learning different sensation by exploring the limits of our senses.

 

light painting

The etymology of the word “photography” was created from the Greek roots φωτός (phōtos) “light”and γραφή (graphé) “representation by means of lines” or “drawing”, together meaning “drawing with light”

Description

The workshop is presented to children in a fun way. The workshop leaders will create a fictional story and children will have to illustrate the story by producing a series of images. The children will not see the photographs provided until the end of the session so that the work remains of mystery and wonder. At the end of the workshop the images will be revealed, thus retelling the story.

Methodology

Light painting workshop is created to use new digital photography technologies while learning and understanding the basic principal of photographic process; to capture light.

Goals

The aim of the workshop is to explore the basic concept of photography as been a tool that captures light by using the camera and light to create images in a different way. At the same time, it triggers the imagination of the participants who have to draw the content of the photographs to illustrate the story.

During the XVIII century many scientists worked in developing methods that could capture images rapidly and accurately. Henry Fox Talbot is considered the father of the most popular photographic process used, the negative/positive process, which was developed from his “calotype” invention in 1841. Between 1844 and 1846 he created the first series of photo-books called The Pencil of Nature executed by the new art of Photogenic Drawing.

The etymology of the word “photography” was created from the Greek roots φωτός (phōtos) “light”and γραφή (graphé) “representation by means of lines” or “drawing”, together meaning “drawing with light” (Wikipedia). Today, digital photography is based on the same principal to analogue photography: a light sensitive sensor that captures light and it is transformed instantly in to a digital algorithm that it can displayed on screen. However, the immediacy of this technique does not allow the understanding the process of capturing light and users focus only on the content of the image produced.

line hunters

Learning different sensations by exploring the limits of our senses. The lines surround us, but they live hidden, they are shy, but once you discover them take shapes, play, and speak a special code that we are going to know.

Description

We invite you to hunt something very special in the secret archives of the library of Brixton .. We will be hunters of lines!

Methodology

Through our questions, you will observe the lines that are around us
What does a hunter need to be a good hunter?
What skills do you have?
Do we need to hunt?
Have you hunted line before?
How is a line?
Where are the lines from?
Where line lives?

Aims

To activate the senses and develop awareness of the shapes and structures of all the things that surround us.

To learn to use our imagination to build creative narratives.

To exercise your tools to activate the imagination.

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It’s time to become hunters!

the water molecule

I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand. Confucius

Description

We know the behaviour of the water molecule, we imagine that we are a molecule of water and behaviour like it.

Methodology

We for one day will be a molecule of water, discover how it behaves.The water molecule is a good excuse to dance, to think, to draw, to create molecular structures with common elements. Particles need to be related like humans do. Molecules come together to create other items with strange names and unusual properties. Molecules build structures. Particles and matter behave.

Aims

To Learn to relate to each other through science and what we know about it

Prezi presentation click here

the water molecule kids

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Confucius

Description

We know the behaviour of the water molecule, we imagine that we are a molecule of water and we behave like it.

Methodology

We for one day will be a molecule of water, discover how it behaves.The water molecule is a good excuse to dance, to think, to draw, to create molecular structures with common elements. Particles need to be related like humans do. Molecules come together to create other elements with strange names and unusual properties. Molecules build structures. Particles and matter behave.

Aims

Learning to relate to each other through science and what we know about it

with five sense

The longest learning of all the arts is learning to see.  Jules Gouncourt

Description

The workshop show lines, wrinkles, colors and shape of vegetables and fruits that normally are not visible.

Those organics shapes will be transformed in other art plastic support and they will be showed on the screen.

Methodology

Through cut at vegetables, we will have fantastic stamps. We have to select the best shape for our stamps.

With brightening colors we will print on special paper the shape of vegetables.

We will transform our stamps in digital photos for showing through a projector the result with very special light.

Aims

To exercise the ability to observe shapes, colors, textures …

To sharpen the perception and curiosity about the origin of food.

 

 

pin pan pun

“They told me and I forgot, I saw it and I understood it, I did it and I learned it.” (Confucius, 551-479 BC)

Description

The workshop is to make different kinds of bread: traditional Spanish bread, Marroquin bread, and German bread.

Think about the Asian philosophy based on giving value to what from the West is considered a minor art. The Asians appreciate the elements that we find daily, taking care of the utensils, the tools and the things that we use daily. Rescuing this way of understanding the world proposes to give an original and creative value to a common element in our daily meals: bread. The bread will be our protagonist in the workshop, first knowing it well in its components and all its variants, then incorporate through the collective imagination a value created to enrich the daily table and make food an ideal time for the meeting and a family game.

Methodology

-Teach different ingredients and learn: Where they from? How does it work into my body?

-Show different bread in various cultures: Which are the different between them? What is the meaning of bread in our culture?

-Calculate and measure ingredients

-Mix the ingredients and cook them!

Aims

-To Think about others cultures through simple thing: the bread

-To Learn about ingredients of bread and their benefits for our health

-To Know how to build original meet around our meals tables

 

dot & line

Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly ever acquire the skill to do difficult things easily. James J. Corbett

Description

The workshop has several activities for learning and thinking about all the things that are making with dot and lines. “Superpower point”, “Floating lines”, “Let’s move the point.”

Those creative exercises included theories about movement and techniques with the camera.

Methodology

-to think about simples shapes: dots & lines

-to put those simplest form in movement

-to register the result

Aims

To discover the creative power of dot and line by exploring its possible facets.

To incorporate plays the abstraction by developing the expressive ability of primary forms

To learn simple and fun techniques for developing creative though.

 

fabric remains

 

Tearing the fabric of the heart is to expose the visceral feeling, similar to this exhibition of six art installation feminine court facilities, where fabric and thread are used, in their various manifestations, and other elements as common ingredients.

It is a proposal by the Ecuadorian artist Desiree Coral.

Description

Chopping cloth is an image of the old Castilian used in the Poem of Mio Cid and by Cervantes when expressing in both cases the exposition of the deepest of the emotional side.

The fabric as a thread-woven, becomes a surface, as the female being: his body, his psyche, his everything; And embroidery, with life and experiences, leaving traces and marks.
These six art installations of stories written by women. They are images that spring from everyday femininity, from dialogues, from intimate confessions.
Also, it combines traditional activities such as embroidery and also poses personal questions that are represented using metaphors, bottling the stories and converting them into essence, or turning into objects sculptural objects of daily use, such as lingerie.
The process consists of raising the existence, life, experiences and reflections of women, relating them and comparing them to them to establish a comparison between the reality and the subjectivity of the stories: their common points and the differences between them.
Representation of female intimacy, its exposure to the reflection of the stereotype that imposes the sobriety, the coherence, and the demand of a contemporary social role, the intention is to contain information that, in any way, will be unveiled utilising conjectures and lucubrations of the spectator.

Methodology

To meet a small group of women for stitching a significant skirt with elements that speak about the particular experience of this woman.

Aims

To Represent the female intimacy
To show a reflection of the stereotype that imposes the female role,
To contain information that, in any way, will be unveiled through conjectures and lucubrations of the spectator.

trial – error adults

Err to check, reaffirm, change or reformulate. The Essay as an attitude, as a vital behaviour of exploration, continues.

Description

In 2011 we began to work together as part of the mediation team of families of the Science Museum of London to realise a shared experience in where to experiment methods, forms of thought, and a creation of two fields: science and art.

Both disciplines share something that seemed fundamental to us. The search attitude, the possibility of experimenting, the contact with matter and its expressive potential.
From the multidisciplinary team and with the great contribution of Sevinc Kisack who has worked with families for ten years at the Science Museum of London, we were able to build the workshop trial-error.

We know the behaviour of the water molecule, we imagine that we are a molecule of water and behaviour like it.

Methodology

We for one day will be a molecule of water, discover how it behaves.The water molecule is a good excuse to dance, to think, to draw, to create molecular structures with common elements. Particles need to be related like humans do. Molecules come together to create other items with strange names and unusual properties. Molecules build structures. Particles and matter behave.

Aims

To Learn to relate to each other through science and what we know about it

 

art as a goal

Creativity takes courage.  Henri Matisse.

Description
The visual and expressive sensitization creates quiet environments within the time of art to be able to carry out an artistic learning and a meeting space with the other in which the elderly can develop their emotional needs and technical concerns.

Methodology
Through paint, the consequence of gesture.
Through sculpture, light, material and shadow.
Through art installations, space habited.
Through video creations, recreations.
Through performance, our body like an art piece.

Aims

To learn to enjoy with contemporary art

To enrich our gestures

To know more about contemporary society and their artist language

experienced grandparents

The only source of knowledge is experience.

Albert Einstein

Description

The elder ones will be able to enjoy the most contemporary art through the creative process of contemporary artists: video art, performance, artistic installation and techniques of contemporary painting, every Thursday at experienced grandparents
The visual and expressive sensitization creates quiet environments within the time of art to be able to carry out an artistic learning and a meeting space with the other in which the elderly can develop their emotional needs and technical concerns.

Methodology
Through paint, the consequence of gesture.
Through sculpture, light, material and shadow.
Through art installations, space habited.
Through video creations, recreations.
Through performance, our body like an art piece.

Aims

To learn to enjoy with contemporary art

To enrich our gestures

To know more about contemporary society and their artist language

is this Spain? [stereotypes]

Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful. Margaret Mead

Description

It is a research project whose main objective is the analysis of social realities through specific themes. Working formats are transversal, dynamic and with participatory methodologies adapted to the venues and host countries of the proposals. In each edition, lines develop critical thinking and experimental formats created ad-hoc for the project.

is this Spain? began in 2009 with a first edition theme [stereotypes] a reflection on the current Spanish identity built on a stereotypical image of gipsy Spain. Through artists working with critical discourses developed from a political point of view, ironic and burlesque turns off the bias assigned to Spain and society. Amending the reductionist view that is homogeneous in contemporary Spanish, showing the history of a society enjoying a recent cultural and social development well recognised. Intro Ian Gibson, Irish-Hispanic.

www.isthisspain.es

Is this Spain? Exhibition at the Crypt in King´s Cross. Artists: Colectivo DEMOCRACIA, Busto Bocanegra, Colectivo DERIVART, Colectivo UHF, Greta Alfaro, Momu&NoEs

 

gender workshop

A meeting of fifty women makes possible the debate and the reflection of interpreting a historical fact that was led only by men.

Based on the work of the Spanish artist Carmela García, we recreated through a variety of dynamics a historical fact: “The creation of the ONU, after the Second World War.”
The workshop consists of representing that historical moment, understanding the structures of power and discerning how the world was constructed through a given hierarchy. Would the world be different if it had been led by women?
Let´s see…
MEN 1945
CONFERENCE SAN FRANCISCO – Principles for the world order
Maintaining international peace and security
Prevent war
Develop friendly relations among nations
Achieving international cooperation
Promoting social progress and improving the standard of living

WOMEN 2008
ENCOUNTERS CASTILLA Y LEÓN – Principles for the world order
Global disarmament, total
Equality, fair distribution
Dialogue, understanding and respect
Where there is no love, put love and there will be love
Comprehensive and transparent education

gender workshop, Soria, Spain

“essay – err” kids

Err to check, reaffirm, change or reformulate. The Essay as an attitude, as a vital behavior of exploration continues.

In 2011 we began to work together as part of the mediation team of families of the Science Museum of London to realise a shared experience in where to experiment methods, forms of thought, and the creation of two fields: science and art.

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