Designer Haidée Drew worked with a group of Year 11 students at George Green’s Secondary School on a mould making and casting project to support their topic ‘Similarities and Differences’.
Haidée demonstrated a range of sculptural processes and different casting techniques that the students could use. She introduced the students to her own artistic practice to give them an insight into a professional designer’s career and referenced a range of artists, architects and designers work to provide inspiration for their own pieces. In particular, Haidée drew attention to architecture and the shapes and forms used in buildings, referenced through discussing iconic Brutalist buildings.
I have learnt to be more creative and work more independently.
Year 11 Student
Haidée supported the students to refine their ideas and complete a number of sculptural forms. Students designed and created their own moulds from polypropylene sheets before selecting and mixing colours and filling their moulds with jesmonite.The group then set up their assemblages and photographed them in a series of formations, considering the keywords Haidée had previously identified including balance, rule of thirds, stack and symmetry. The work produced will contribute towards their GSCE Art coursework.
In the final session, Trainee Artist Educator Ella Hempsted carried out an evaluation activity with the group, encouraging them to reflect on their experience of the project. Students responded with one thing they have learnt, their personal highlight, an aspect they least enjoyed and something they will take away with them.
Some really beautiful moulds have been created and students seem to have thoroughly enjoyed learning these new processes. Their art teacher had told us that many of the students had been coming in at lunch time to work on their casts – this commitment to the project is great to hear.