Dove Stone Youth Rangers visit Woodend Mill

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).

Same time, same place next week then!

 

 

 

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Trinity Terrace gets colourful

A very snowy Wednesday morning and we returned to Trinity House to continue making some house shaped abirdabodes. Although a couple of the group couldn’t make it in due to the snow Edna, Brian, Joyce and Eleanor were keen to get going.

From the drawings we’d made the week before the plan was to make a set of house shaped nest boxes to reflect the houses and mills of Oldham.

Work commenced with mixing some background colours for each house, a series of red, browns and oranges that were applied with dabbing brushes to give a bit of texture. For added interest colours were mixed directly onto the boxes or different tones applied to different sides of the nest boxes. Once the base coat was dry it was time to add some detail. Painting individual bricks by hand was a daunting task so we’d prepared a set of brick pattern stencils to use. We tested one on a scrap of paper and they worked brilliantly. Everyone was amazed with how real the brick and stone work effect was, especially Edna who could hardly wait to add dark red bricks to every side of her nest box even before the base coat was fully dried.

Our first layer of detail added it was time to dash off before the snow got too heavy. Before we left we made a plan for the next layer of details to add to the boxes; chimneys, windows with curtains, a pink front door, trees, gutters and possibly a wheelie bin… All in all Trinity Terrace is going to look great for the abirdabode show and we hope the birds appreciate all the hard work!

 

 

Latest on the Dove Stone Youth Rangers

ToriThe Dove Stone Youth Rangers are now getting stuck in to making their art bird boxes, following a session drawing plans and working out exactly what size the component parts should be.  This was harder for some than others – the Moulin Rouge Windmill, the pyramid shaped birdbox and the Globe Theatre proved quite challenging with a lot of maths formulae and protractor action going on (and some crying but that was mainly me – I’ve always found maths hard).  Katie is proving our resident maths genius though so has helped a lot of the group with their angles and trapeziums.

Some of the group have started cutting the final pieces for their bird boxes with Bronagh doing a sterling job creating lots of circular pieces for her Jack Skellington birdbox.  We’ve also done some Arts Award work, thinking about the inspiration behind the birdboxes and the final surface decoration/designs.

Eve, Jake and Zac have been wielding the camera and have taken pictures of everyone with their maquette…

 

 

The abirdabode Show Exhibition confirmed!

The abirdabode Art Birdbox exhibition The abirdabode Show dates have been confirmed.

The exhibition will feature all the Art Birdboxes created by participants during the project, the art bird silhouettes decorated by members of the public and more…

The abirdabode Show will be at Gallery Oldham Community Gallery from the 14 March to 2nd May with special events and activities to get involved with TBC. Keep an eye on this blog for more details.

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