Do you know what a Cubist house looks like? How about a Cubist couch or table or dress? Well, the children at Amanda Lin’s Roomscape workshops have a pretty good vision of how just about everything would look in Cubist form and they have made sculptures to show it.
The second of teacher and artist Amanda Lin’s six workshops was held this morning and once again the group were free to let their imaginations run wild. By the end of the two hours there was an assortment of sculptures including several cubist people, a wacky house, and a robot-esque tower. They join the experimental pieces from yesterday’s workshop, including contorted figures, houses, and even a toilet, all of which Lin said were excellent and unexpected.
Friday’s session started with a brief introduction in the works of Pablo Picasso, Giorgio de Chirico and Constantin Brancusi, where the group were encouraged to find inspiration in curves, shapes, colours and faces. Lin said the workshop was all about distortion and abstraction of forms.
Piles of cardboard boxes burst from the corner of the room, ready to be cut and shaped into unusual sculptures. The kids did not hold back and delved straight into it, fixing corrugated card, paper and straws onto the boxes. Isabella and Amelia knew straight away they were going to make a couch while Pia and Annika said they were making it up as they went along and ended up with a “weird house”. One of the tallest sculptures in the room was of a Cubist person made by Zohar, who pointed at a picture of Picasso’s Seated Bather as her inspiration. The kids were all in agreement that the workshop had been a lot of fun.
The Cubist sculptures are on display until 22 July.
Written by Coral Huckstep, Intern