During the summer term 2013 Cubit artist Giulia Ricci worked with the two year 2 classes at William Tyndale Primary School. The project, called the Material World, was loosely inspired by Bruno Munari’s ABC DADA, an artwork composed of 26 collages, each for one letter of the alphabet. The project intended to explore the physical world around us through a series of workshops primarily focussed on drawing in its widest sense; it had curricular links to science and literacy.
Throughout the project the class used sketchbooks, which had been made by the children, to record the activities. Activities included: drawings from life outdoor in the playground, the tactile exploration of the playground with rubbing on paper and clay pressing, brainstorming and mind mapping the question ‘What materials do you know?’, detailed drawing from life with magnifying lenses in the school playground and during a visit at a natural reserve, a trip to the National Gallery with a tour focussing on plants and animals, the introduction of the concept of ‘theme’ in an artwork, working with collage and using a variety of materials such as paper, sting, tape, pipe cleaners, paper straws and lolly pop sticks, an artist study (Bruno Munari) session in which we looked at what artists, architects and designers do in their professions.
The final outcome of the project was the creation of a collective artwork (one per class) composed of 26 A2-size collages, each for one letter of the alphabet. The collages were made using the sketches and the notes produced during the project and they were a collaborative piece of work for which children had to work in teams.