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Reading Girls' School

Reading Girls' School

Day Dream Harvest

Local Artist and Experienceologist Nick Garnett, spent a day with some of our budding artists at Reading Girls' School.

Ten art students spent a superbly creative day with Nick Garnett, local Artist and Experienceologist. Nick encouraged the students to explore their imaginations and they then began to develop a story using a large range of found objects which Nick had provided. Nick encouraged the students to use their imaginations, to create new ideas and to explore creativity through play and inventiveness. He encouraged students to reconnect with the playful creativity which Picasso explained when he said that, ‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.’

Students began to create characters, and costumes, designed and made flying vehicles, pets and accessories. The work was on a large scale, actively mixing together interesting found objects. A story of Whitley in a distant imagined future began to emerge. The students who took part in the workshop were superb participants and artists. All were fully involved in the project, actively intelligently thinking, imagining, designing and making. Making then transformed into performance as the students composed photographs which presented what they had made. It was impressive to see how much the students managed to create in a day. Nick commented on how enthusiastic, motivated and artistically able the students were. One of the main aims of the project was to transform the everyday into the unusual. See if you can recognise the artists and the locations of their photographs- all should be familiar.

The images will be exhibited as part of the Whitfest and we are planning to organise another day, where students can continue to develop and refine the ideas they explored in the first workshop.

Please enjoy the Fruits of the Day Dream Harvest. More pictures are available here: Day Dream Harvest