A collaborative online book has been made prepared by children aged 4 – 14, in association with Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers.
To mark the centenary of the First World War, Glynn Vivian delivered a series of workshops examining the role of the artist during the war using works from Gallery collection.
The three workshops for different age groups took place from 5 to 7 August, 2014 during the school summer holidays and offered creative skills in poetry, graphics, printmaking and drawing.
The workshops were supported by the Friends of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in a new initiative called ‘Art with Friends’ and took place at the YMCA, Swansea.
Children aged 4-7 focused on collage and colour in a workshop with artist Tom Goddard. The children were tasked with looking at mood and motion, specifically ‘A British tank’ by Sir Muirhead Bone and Paul Nash, ‘Landscape of the Bagley Woods’. The group were able to get around the difficult subject by listening to historical radio footage as well as hearing poetry from the time.
In the workshop for 8-11 year olds, children explored the motivations for war during peacetime learning a range of printmaking techniques with artist Dan McCabe. The group focussed on works including ‘Cavalry Crossing the Piave, 1918‘ by Martin Hardie and ‘Study of Soldiers’ by Frank Brangwyn.
Writer and poet Tracy Harris worked with 12-14 year olds to devise their own play which they performed at the end of the day. They used influences such as ‘Mametz Wood’ by Edward Handley-Read and David Jones’ epic poem ‘In Parenthesis’.
The work has now been collected and presented in a collaborative book which is available to view here.
Part of the Glynn Vivian Offsite programme whilst the Gallery is closed for redevelopment.