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Raw Materials: Plastics Resident Artists at Bow School

Submitted by Media on Wed, 13/02/2019 - 10:04

Bow Arts’ Education team has been working alongside Raw Materials resident artists Peter Marigold and Frances Scott to deliver artist-led masterclasses for two Year 10 classes from Bow School. 

Peter worked with Year 10 students to experiment with his product formcard – a pocket-sized strong bio-plastic that melts in hot water.


Students were tasked to produce natural colour palettes and sculpt with the form card to replicate natural objects. They were using formcard in a similar way to early uses of plastics, which were used to replicate natural materials like tortoiseshell and ivory. 

Frances worked with students to produce a film using a bolex camera to produce a super 8mm film. Frances referenced how originally film was made of plastic as a starting point for the project, which then saw her introduce students to two key sources of inspiration: 17th century still life painting traditions from the Netherlands and Derek Jarman’s films.

Students were tasked to produce a still-life, made up from plastics they own and use. These became lit ‘film-sets’, with students becoming directors, cinematographers, and producers, filming scenes using a bolex camera. The film will be edited and all outcomes from the two projects will be shown in the Raw Materials Plastics exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery in May.

If you are interested in bringing creativity back into the classroom and would like to work with us to develop a bespoke project for your school, please contact or 020 8980 7774.