Thinking About the Environment in Irvine

Fri 11th November 2016

The first month of Our Bright Future in Irvine has seen young people from various schools in the area come together, and produce some amazing art!

Focusing on the environment around them, the group of 13-17 year olds were encouraged to be advocates for their local community and vocalise what they would change about Irvine and the surrounding area. They were taught how art, both big and small, can have a huge impact (no pun intended) on any environment.

Pushing for an awareness of environmental issues, the group collaboratively designed a mandala from found fallen autumn leaves on to wood. This way of working is inspired by a traditional ceremony performed by Buddhist monks to symbolise the coming and passing of life. The final piece looked amazing, and the group took great pride in this piece!

Flexing those creative muscles further, they have been experimenting with scraffito studies, lino printing, and marbelling. They responded particularly well to marbelling, and produced bundles of intricate, colourful studies by mixing oil paint with white spirit and water. The group are currently working on an impressive mosaic piece, built up of broken tile pieces, and are developing individual birdhouses for Eglinton Park. They are also producing colourful zines, and recycling car tyres into planters to help encourage biodiversity and allow flowers to flourish.

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