The theme of this workshop was based on the idea of a 'resourceful' river. The basis of this particular topic was that the Huangpu river was once extremely polluted, however the goverment took on an initiative to purify it, which then began teeming with life. Some of the fish we researched and found to be inhabiting the river were: Mikon Catfish, Sucker fish and Spined Loach.The first thing we did was observe and research ancient Chinese motifs and the printing technique involved. We began to practise our own versions of fish - which were quite simplistic at first - by cutting individual shapes and sticking them to separate sheets of paper. We then took our design to carry out the collagraph printing (printing from a collage). We used printing ink and rolled it on our design, and once it was evenly applied we pressed it onto another piece of paper. We used rollers and spoons to get the individual details to print even darker. We did this a few times as we did not always succeed in getting the right print everytime. After experimenting with simple desgins, we later moved on to more complex fish, which took up a vast amount of time but were really effective in the end.
- Why don’t you add a list of the participating pupils?
You could take and embed a group photo as a way of introducing the pupils involved in the project
You can start a gallery and show images of the workshop process
You could create a collage effect and show the final work of all the pupils
The pupils could each write a ‘blog’ about the their workshop process and what they have learnt and enjoyed
Film and record the workshops and add podcasts and video clips to your page