Not much time left to get the Barrier Breakers Bird Boxes built and so it was a busy, busy session.
Detailed painting continued apace and adding unique individual design touches to each art bird box kept everyone occupied. Michael proved he could paint just as well as he could cut out with the background designs for his Jurassic bird box, Brandon proved a skilled scroll saw operator and helped Adam cut out poppies for his WW1 memorial box. Katie’s love birds box looked fantastic and (Hi) Lee showed his delicate drawing skills in the decoration of his United shield whilst Nathan painted a lovely football pitch on the front of his rival City box.
Another Mane attraction was Sophie adding a wool lion’s mane to her cowardly bird box (we hope the birds don’t use it all for nest building or we may end up with a bald cowardly lion). Leah worked hard to paint all twelve Rugby Super League logos onto rugby balls to decorate her bird box (well all except for Hull Kingston Rovers…) and there’s now also a secret Lewis Hamilton hiding around one of the bird boxes to look out for!
One highlight of the evening was Kash making the tremendous achievement of using both the bandsaw and scroll saw to cut his Polish shield, despite initially being very nervous of the saws he persevered and afterwards said it was ‘easy peasy’. Great work Kash!
We were also thrilled that Greg said he could see the different personalitiles of the group coming out through the bird boxes they had created which is perfect. Creative engagement of this type should allow for individual artistic expression and that fact that Greg, who knows the group really well could see this in the work created really touched us and made us even more proud to be part of the groups achievements.
At Trinity House this week painting was completed and fine detail added using different roof tile, door, window and ‘very posh’ fanlight stencils.
Following last weeks request we also added chimneys to the houses along with a wire aerial for Eleanor. Joyce had the great idea of using one of the spare chimneys as a door step – we’ll just need a really tiny donkey stone to polish it now!
Once the basic painting was completed it was time to add some individual details to the designs; Joyce added a detailed door with fanlight, Edna added some shrubs, grass and flowers to enhance her birdabode’s garden and Brian painted a redwing and wagtail on the side of his house – possibly the start of a graffiti career?
Working at Trinity house has been great fun and we were really pleased that the staff were so positive regarding the engagement by the residents, they’re planning to deliver more similar art activities and we’re hoping to be able to pop back soon and offer some advice and support.
Our last session was topped off when at lunchtime Edna made an impromptu speach in front of everyone thanking us and saying how much she’d enjoyed working on her bird box.
Thank you so much to everyone at Trinity House and hope to see you at the abirdabode exhibition soon to admire the completed Trinity Terrace!
It’s nest box decoration time for the Dove Stone Youth Rangers and to make life easier all round we’re running the next few creative sessions at Woodend Mill (it saves moving the Art Birdboxes whilst the paint is still wet and gives the DSYR a chance to observe artists in their natural habitat!)
The DSYR arrived at Woodend Mill on a wet sunday and proceeded take over Jacqui’s new print making studio which had been temporarily transformed into a painting studio for the day. Once the distraction of playing with the abirdabode mascots (Percy and Mugly) the group dived into the paint and with Jacqui’s help mixed individual colours following a set of paint swatches. Once a base coat was applied to each Art Birdbox a quick tour of Richard’s and Jacqui’s studios took place whilst the paint dried.
Everyone was amazed by the creative layout (or mess) that is Richard’s ‘man cave’ (thank you Zak!) and were fascinated by all the different media, materials, equipment and completed and in progress artworks strewn around the studios. As it was very cold in the mill we swiftly returned to Jacqui’s print studio and continued painting until parents arrived to collect everyone (the parents were also amazed by the studios and had a chance to play with Percy and Mugly).
Our second visit to the brilliant Barrier Breakers and it was time to get painting, once we’d finished construction of the nest boxes that is…
Building the roofs for the diamond shaped boxes was made easier by using a specially constructed roof jig to hold the pieces at the required 90degrees whilst screwing them together and once the final pieces of the boxes were fixed and all the roofs completed painting began.
Base coats where swiftly applied in a multitude of colours and then planning for details and top coats was made whilst the paint dried. Everyone enjoyed choosing colours and planning the look of their nest boxes; Nathan and (Hi) Lee are working in collaboration to produce rival Man Utd & Man City bird boxes so painted a base coat of green to be detailed as a football pitch next week. Leah also chose a green base for her Rugby Team theme, Kyle and Michael chose light blue as a sky effect and Sophie went for a lovely rich lion golden brown.
We were also thrilled to welcome new Barrier Breaker Katie to the project and she proved a dab hand at bird box making and in no time had her nest box ready for her beautiful love birds theme design.
Some of the group will be cutting out 3D elements to enhance their designs so there was also scroll saw and band saw training to take part in! Kash took over as official group photographer for the night and took some great pictures (as well as a few selfies!).
All in all it was a very busy session but once again the group all worked together brilliantly (especially Nathan and Lewis who took on wandering assistants roles and helped everyone finish their making) and achieved a tremendous amount and had a great and really creative time.
Lily’s Iron Man Nest Box is probably the most complicated in terms of shape and construction due to the number of parts required; one body, one head, two arms and two legs… But not only has it got to look like Tony Stark’s alter ego but Lily has chosen to make her nest box in the style of a Lego Iron Man.
I chose this because I think it would be a suitable size for a bird box and at the same time the design means it would be a unique shape. The colours are different and aesthetically pleasing.
The actual nest box part of Iron Man will be inside his torso (with the birds entering through the Arc Reactor of course) and this was the first and most straight forward part to be made.
Lily draw a very detailed set of plans and dimensions from her maquette and had no problem making the torso as a slightly tapered box shape. The legs were made in a similar way from thin plywood with the curved upper leg made from a piece of drain pipe. The most complex part to build was Iron Mans head but with Bronagh’s assistance to cut a number of rings for form the outer edge of Iron Man’s helmet and support some bendy ply to form Iron Man’s face the end result looked great.
Holly’s Art Birdbox will take the form of a fantasy castle guarded by a fearsome dragon carved in low relief.
My birdbox design is inspired by my love of reptiles, which leads to dragons, causing my design. My initial plan was to have a generic-looking birdbox with a dragon curled around it, as if it was trying to get inside, I upgraded this to a Castle to fit with a stereotypical dragon theme and worked from there.
I started by making my maquette, which is slightly different to my final design, which has dividers to make the inner area smaller so it would be easier to warm up and take less materials to pad out.
Georgia’s Art Birdbox is a refined pyramid shape and will be decorated with comic strip artwork.
Georgia’s bird box
My inspiration to my bird was Pandora, Pandora is a comic in a magazine I collect, I didn’t want copy the cartoons in ther comic so I thought of a way to be more original, so what I did was try to create a cartoon girl in the style of Pandora e.g. the style of the body, face, clothes etc.
I did this by trying to base my girl on things that happened in the cartoon e.g. other charters, also using their features, after I had chosen the features I put them all in one character.
The girl on my box is my finished cartoon, with all the features I choose to put on the girl, I though of things such as, the shape of the girl, the face and features on the face, how the clothing will link to her personality.
For the background to my girl I am going to use manga, what i mean by that is to make the girl stand out more I was going to use the effect of lines going out from my girl, I am using this effect because I think it will bring my cartoon girl out more, it will also make her more bold and make her stand out throughout the box.