Wednesday 6th August 2008 Workshop 8


Epic Workshop 8


Workshop 8 is starting with five of us. Our two participants are George (returning from the second workshop) and his friend Dan. We all talk about a topic that is of interest to us and we search on the internet to find an image that best represents it. We end up with a collection of images including a fighter aeroplane, a Star Wars trooper, a poisonous rainforest frog, Doomsday -a character from a Superman comic- and a sci-fi troop carrier ship. We print out these images and want to project them large on the wall. To do that we have a selection of choices: we could place an acetate on the image and trace around it with a pen; when this is projected on the wall you get black lines like a drawing. We could also cut out around the image and place that cut out piece of paper on the OHP. When projected this will give us the image as a shadow on a lit wall. Alternatively we could remove the cut out shape of our image and place the remaining piece of paper (the ‘frame’) on the OHP. That will give as our image lit up on a darkened wall. We use all three ways to project the images and we use tape to mark the outline of each projection. Each topic of interest is now marked on the wall, having lost something of its original easily recognisable image to a more abstract loosely taped outline. None of the shapes on the wall touch each other and at this stage they look like island-countries with their borders clearly defined in different colour tapes each a representation of an interest.


We then draw on an acetate a second image which is related in some way to our original one. This time these images are projected onto other people’s outlined shapes and they respond to the interferences. For instance the frog gets a large lepidopteron insect which is projected onto the wall. Its wings touching the fighter aeroplane and its body the Star Wars trooper. The ’owners’ of these shapes respond by painting and marking the areas where shapes and lines overlap. In doing so we also make connections and stories that include characters and shapes that touch each other. Fighter airplane shooting at a giant jumping poisonous frog-monster, Star Wars trooper with a fly face defending himself against a raging Doomsday throwing a tank and the dead body of a fatality of all this fighting is carried away on a troop carrier ship that’s caught fire. A sci-fi plot of epic dimensions is being unfolded on the wall. In reality when the projector is off all that can be seen is outlined shapes with parts of them painted in different colours and different marks and lines dissecting them.


Next we take coloured gels and cut out shapes that could make up part of our character-shape’ s environment. These are projected on the wall as well and we paint the part of them that does not touch any shape but falls on the white wall. As we paint the coloured gels’ projections the original colour changes. We observe a yellow gel and blue paint become a funny bug juice green and a red gel and yellow paint a bright orange. We ’walk’ the gel shapes off the projection and reveal a shape painted on the wall. At this point the wall hosts outlines of shapes partly painted and is partly painted itself. We leave this arrangement to that and will return to it later.

Yellow gel projection in blue

Yellow gel projection in blue


Meanwhile we have two blown up maps of Leicester city which are laid out on the floor. We follow streets and roads to create shapes and we cut these out. We also take long strips of thick brown card and paint them with different kinds of marks and shapes that could make up the environment of our character-shapes. We also get some tracing paper and draw a line along it. We look around the front gallery and find interesting shapes to trace. The boys find curvy shapes for a dune like landscape. We cut the tracing paper along the line and mark this line on the now painted brown card. This gets cut in half to create two horizons-landscapes. Shapes drawn and painted by participants of previous workshops get transferred to our landscape cut outs. The map cut out shapes also get arranged to create horizons. All of the horizons are placed on tables one behind the other creating a diorama environment for our characters.


lepidopteron in the city

lepidopteron in the city

Our characters are cut out from the paper on the wall. As they get released from the wall underneath them the marks and colours from previous workshops are revealed. We will later paint these exposed areas red. We are all ready behind layers of horizon landscapes made of map bits and dunes created from old lines in a sci-fi city with characters moving in their final fight. The epic plot coming to a close the frog is after the lepidopteron but Doomsday rules all in the end.



Frog looking for lunch

Frog looking for lunch


2 Responses to “Wednesday 6th August 2008 Workshop 8”

  1. 1 anna parsons August 19, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Very good a lot of hard work and effort put in to this project. Dramatic music. Again excellent.

  2. 2 anna parsons August 19, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Good luck with your celebration hope all goes well. Excellent project I really enjoyed it.

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