FORMS OF NARRATIVE - the workshops
At the beginning of October PVAF ran a series of workshops for members at Birnam Arts Centre.
Based on concepts and material practice in the communication of narrative they
offered professional artists the opportunity to develop new skills which could
stimulate and create diversity within their own practices.
The workshops were:-
WELL DISPOSED - making books from recycled materials -
workshop leader - Laura West
STONE CARVING - workshop leader - Susheila Jamieson
PAPER CASTING - workshop leader - Stephanie Spindler
ANIMATION - workshop leader - David Griffin
HAND PAPERMAKING - workshop leader - Alison Newman
TRANSFORMING MATERIALS - workshop leader - Anna King
FILM/VIDEO - workshop leader - Henry Coombes
MOBILE FOUNDRY WORKSHOP
This was a one day casting workshop, for 12 artists casting pewter and bronze,
using cuttlefish moulds and 1 part open sandmoulds, running 2 furnaces . Starting
off with a bellow furnace for pewter then switching to air blowers for the bronze.
The workshop was very much hands-on, and artists obtained a good insight into the
process, how the furnaces work and mouldmaking . The artists were very imaginative
and finished the day with a wide variety of small completed work. Most participants
were either new to casting or had very limited previous experience but left with a
good working knowledge of the process and a lot of enthusiasm for continuing with
the use of casting in their practice.
The workshop was run by Roddy Mathieson of 'Alchemy' www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCfh3-WmSWg
assisted by Kevin Blackwell. It was held at Newmiln Farm tractor shed by kind permission of
Hugh Grierson www.the-organic-farm.co.uk