Sunday, 29 May 2011

Diorama Photography

We are making little worlds inside shoe boxes called Diorama's. We are using fairy and folk tales as our inspiration. Each artist selects a story and using a mix of drawn, painted and collaged items, constructs a scene inside a shoe box that conveys an aspect of the story. 

We need to consider scale and proportion when putting things together so they make sense when we peep through the viewing holes. We are using colored cellophane to create different lighting effects. Artists are using their diorama's to create interesting photographs. 

Kezia's Diorama

Kezia is very techno savy and found it easy to use the digital camera to take photos. She enjoyed creating all the fish for her underwater scene - so many we couldn't fit them all in! Kezia used wool to create water and seaweed effects which she used for some shots. Kezia's diorama and photography depicts The Little Mermaid.

Brent's Diorama 

Brent was inspired by the story of the Three Little Pigs. He enjoyed using collage to cover the inside of the box. He made three little houses - of out of toothpicks, one of straw and one to look like bricks. Brent is an experienced digital camera user and tackled the photography with gusto producing some great shots.

Nicole's Diorama 

Nicole really enjoys creating spaces inside boxes as she has made a few this year as Pokemon houses. This time Nicole read through the story of Cinderella and chose the part of the story where the animals help Cinderella make a ball dress. Nicole's animals are very exciting jungle creatures.  

Sam's Diorama

Sam was using the story of Peter Pan for his inspiration for his work. Check out his pirate and fabulous Pirate ship. We had to make Sam's shoe box extra tall to fit the pirate ship in. Sam had fun using the digital camera. 

Helen's Diorama

The focus of Helen's work was Little Red Riding Hood. Helen created a forest out of paper and cardboard and found images from magazines for her characters. Helen had fun using the camera and the lamp to create some excellent shots.

Alex's Diorama

Alex wanted his diorama to show a scene from a Scooby Doo book. Alex made a forest and placed a haunted castle in the background. Scooby has his two friends and they are off on an adventure. 

David's Diorama

These photos are taken looking through the end of a shoe box with a scene depicting Goldilocks and the three bears. David spent lots of time gluing fabric to create the texture of the woods. You can see the three bears in the foreground with Goldilocks in the background near the bears cottage as she is just about to go in and taste the porriage.

Carolyn's Diorama

Carolyn liked the story of Cinderella. She was particularly interested in the scene where the animals help Cinderella make a ball dress. Through different lighting effects we can see the animals working through the night to create the dress. Cinderella is visible as she watches on in the background.

Clare O's Diorama
Clare was looking at the fairy tale Cinderella. She particularly liked the scene where Cinderella talks to her friends the animals in her bedroom. She recreated the bedroom and found the characters for her scene in magazines. It was like making a tiny theater set. Clare is very experienced with a digital camera but it was a challenge working on such a small scale. Through Clare's photography we really get a sense of the huge support Cinderella had from the animals as they fill the frame and battle for space in the shots. Spot the celebrity in Clare's photos.

Felicia's Diorama 

Felicia's Diorama is based on the story Babes in the wood. We think she did a great job of creating all the little woodland characters and finding the perfect photograph of some little children for the babes. Today we had fun using the light to create different effects and get some interesting photographs. It was hard to get all the characters in the shots. 

Gail's Diorama  

Gail was inspired by the rhyme Goosy Goosy Gander: 

Goosey Goosey Gander where shall I wander,
Upstairs, downstairs and in my lady's chamber
There I met an old man who wouldn't say his prayers,
I took him by the left leg and threw him down the stairs.

 We couldn't resist taking a few photos today as a test. Next session Gail will do her official photo shoot. We realised that we needed some bigger viewing holes in the box to get more into the shots.

Emma's Diorama

 Emma was very excited to complete her diorama yesterday and use it to take photographs. First thing was to learn how to use a digital camera as it was Emma's first time. 

Emma's diorama is based on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. The main characters she chose were Jack, the Giant and the Goose. However, the goose developed into a flying bird during the making of the work. 

Here are a selection of photographs Emma took.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Peacock Painting

We have finally finished the first of our life sized peacock paintings. There are many more currently in progress so watch this space for more of these beautiful birds. 

Artist: Clare O

Artist: Brett 

Artist: Christie

Artist: Gerard 

Artist: Felicia

Artist: Emma

Artist: Si

Artist: Gail

Artist: David 

Artists: Helen