Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Footsteps at St Augustine's High School, St Helens

During October I've been working with St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic High School on some varied drawing activities.  The bulk of the time was spent with Year 7 on a project using footprints, although I also got to spend some time with pupils from Years 9, 10 & 11 on a range of drawing activities too.

Over the course of a day I worked with each Year 7 pupil using frottage to capture an image of their footprint, before they layered tracing paper over the top to create a black and white graphic design.  These drawings have then been transformed into digital files suitable for cutting with the school's laser cutter - a piece of kit that more and more high school technology departments have in their arsenal.

Their very helpful technology teacher then cut the files that I laid out into mylar stencils and rubber stamps for an after school session where Year 7 pupils returned with their parents for an evening of jet washing and animation.

The stencil designs are inspired by the transitional journey that Year 7 pupils have taken from primary to high school and feature footprints, maps, school names and words to describe the emotions of moving to this new community.

 The footprints were also turned into rubber stamps, which were used to create a quick stop motion animation by building up the prints a few at a time, the results of which are here: