• Voice 21 Oil Painting

    • (0) Comments by Katie Shipley 31 March 2011

    Through the art workshops with the Voice 21 group we are developing a collection of artwork that will be exhibited alongside videos and photographs as part of the Sandwell Arts Festival 2011. We have been told that the exhibition will be at: Haden Hill House Museum.

    This week’s workshop was, as requested, Oil Painting.

    The group seemed to really enjoy experimenting with the different techniques that oil paint allows and they came up with some interesting paintings:

    You can really see how some of the paintings were inspired by our trip to Mushroom Green Chain Workshop.

  • Re-designing a Chance Brothers foghorn

    • (1) Comment by julian 23 March 2011

    Well, the drawing may look straightforward, but it took four of us two and a half hours of folding, sticking, calculating, checking and rechecking, undoing, cutting up and resticking, to get a reasonably secure idea of how we might construct a foghorn that was originally about 4 1/2 metres long (about 15 feet) and 2.7 metres high (9 feet).

    A reminder of the original:

    Meantime, going to conservation in order to be shown in the Manor House, are some beautiful drawings, paintings and notes on the pumps made for the Great Eastern, with letters from the Chief Engineer reporting on how they performed on the ship’s maiden voyage.  Note the delicacy of the shading, which succinctly indicates the form of the pipes and pistons.  An absolute treasure:

  • Photoshopping

    • (0) Comments by Katie Shipley 23 March 2011

    I went back to the YMCA for one last visit today. Picked up some pieces from the metalbashing workshop for the exhibition and had a go at some photoshopping with Stevie.

    Here are a few of the images that Stevie magicked up! I learnt a thing or two today…

  • YMCA 2nd Blacksmith Visit

    • (0) Comments by Katie Shipley 17 March 2011

    By popular demand we went back to see Ian at his Blacksmith’s workshop in Cradley Heath. It turned out to be a completely different group so it was another great first introduction to what a Blacksmith does. Everyone got to have a go and again loads of pictures were taken:

    As this was the last session with the group Chloe had some specific questions for the group. We asked them:

    What was your favorite part of the project?

    ‘Black Country Living Museum’ x 5

    ‘The mines.’

    ‘Everything – the opportunity to take part was amazing!’

    ‘Going to the Blacksmith’s’ x 2

    Would you go back to any of the places we have visited?

    ‘Black Country Living Museum’ x 2

    ‘Yes’ x 3

    ‘Yes all of them.’

    ‘Yes all of them were very interesting and educating.’

    ‘Smedrock Library.’

    I really enjoyed working with the group and am planning a photoshop session with one of them to create some work for the exhibition in the summer.

  • Voice 21 drawing and printmaking

    • (0) Comments by Katie Shipley 17 March 2011

    The last two sessions with the Voice 21 group have been working towards creating artwork inspired by our two trips away. We have been using drawing techniques and monoprinting. The artwork that we create will be curated into an exhibition as part of Sandwell Arts Festival 2011. Check out some examples of what we have been doing:



    For the next session the group have requested Oil Painting, I’m not much of an oil painter myself but I’ll make some enquiries and see what I can do!

  • YMCA trip to the Black Country Living Museum

    • (0) Comments by Katie Shipley 4 March 2011

    Yesterday I took the YMCA group to the Black Country Living Museum. An amazing site, it was literally like stepping into the past. We took loads of photos throughout the day but here are a few highlights:

    Here is a few comments from the day:

    ‘Black Country Museum was very good. Was a good insight into how they used to work back in the day. Brill day except for the mines.’

    ‘It was very interesting, but very cold. People got it BAD back in the day.’

    ‘Was very good and learned some things from years ago. The different ways people lived to now.’

    ‘Learned interesting facets about the Black Country area. The mine was too scary.’

    ‘It was excellent I really enjoyed it, had lots of fun.’

    ‘It was fun to do something different to other activities we’ve done. I got to learn lots about the Black Country.’

    ‘Bostin! Ta :)

    ‘I really enjoyed my trip to the Black Country Museum, it was very interesting.’

  • Voice 21 Wire Sculpture

    • (0) Comments by Katie Shipley 4 March 2011

    Over the next few weeks I will be working with the Voice 21 group to create some artwork and to prepare for an interview session where we will record the memories of people who worked in the local industry.

    The first session was this week. I tried to think about what techniques you would use to create a maquette for a large scale metal sculpture. I’ve used wire sculpture in the past and thought this would be perfect. The group had a go at creating some small scale sculptures using garden wire.

    I think they enjoyed it and next week we will be trying out some drawing techniques and collage.

  • YMCA film edits

    • (1) Comment by Katie Shipley 2 March 2011

    Here is a sample if the edited videos from the last YMCA workshop. There is loads of footage to go through so we should be able to make something really interesting.

    Blacksmith Workshop