Tuesday, 18 June 2013
The rather unforgiving properties of structural integrity and gravitatianal stability in Art
Tuesday the day of teaching young children art, well I use the word teach loosely because if there is one thing I can’t do it is teach young children. I arrived at the local junior schools after school club slightly early while they were still getting food and drink to keep them lively and bouncy. Luckily I had managed to turn a crocodile, a dragonfly and a dog which the children drew last week into large cardboard self standing cardboard things, although I did have to tweak just a few tiny things to deal with the rather unforgiving properties of structural integrity and stability. Yes even art can not entirely escape the forces of gravity and nature sadly, which as an artist I have to admit is rather annoying. However very young children are not entirely aware of the overall principles of structural integrity and generally see gravity as a mere trifle to wave away as unimportant, until they fall over and drop their trifle.
They also eat artistic ideas like a huge man eating sea monster eats men on
beach on a sunny bank holiday Monday when it is knee deep in holiday makers and
sea monster watchers and ice cream is half price during happy hour. Of course
happy hour under those circumstances is less happy that it could be as everyone
(and that’s loads of folk) are being eaten by a sea monster or monsters. I would say that teaching art to small children
is much like being eaten by sea monsters, I am starting to think I may have to
make some sea monsters in order to keep them focused on art, although I did do
one sneaky thing with today’s lot I mentioned maths. This I thought would slow
them up a bit but for reasons I find difficult to comprehend it appears they
are all rather keen on a bit of maths and it did not slow the whiz of pencils
and the snipping of scissors as I tried to explain that most legs are a bit
fatter at the top of the leg where it joins the body and thin at the other end
and at least one lad did realize this after all the legs fell off his spider
drawing when he cut it out. In the end a bit of Algebra confused them and
square roots seemed to confuse a couple of them a bit, but they are only about
seven; interestingly algebra and square roots seem to confuse folk who are
seventy also, but I guess 7 is not the best number for square roots.
I would mention the rest of the day but I need to rest. . . . . .