Grade 10 enjoyed the chance to work as both a Designer and as an Artist in collaborative activities and workshops culminating in the Young Architect’s Challenge to design a pavilion. This was a three-day programme of active workshops, including a visit to De Nollen, a park with large scale sculptures and structures in the dune landscapes of Den Helder.
-by Annabel Kjar, Poyee Li-Sumpton and Grasyntha Mellanie, Grade 10 Art and design
Students first participated in Design Thinking Workshops to get out of their comfort zone by thinking beyond the usual solutions. They pitched their unexpected and extraordinary ideas and learned new skills in a watercolour workshop. These workshops were facilitated by their Art and Design Teachers, all of whom have a background in Architecture and Illustration and Graphic Design.
Scale and Sculpture
On Day 2 students experienced the work of Rudi van de Wint in the Artpark ‘De Nollen’ in Den Helder. R. v.d Wint is best known for his huge abstract paintings that are hung permanently in the Dutch Parliament and appear often on television as a backdrop for political debate. R. v.d.Wint is also painter of the coloured ceiling at the Royal Palace of Noordeinde. De Nollen is about contrasts in dark and light (chiaroscuro), contrast in form/ space/ negative space and the contrast in material qualities of the rusted Corten steel and various patinas on the steel surfaces. Visiting sculpture firsthand gave the students the chance to explore the sensory qualities and feel the effect of the works in the contexts for which they were designed. Students captured these sensations and impressions using watercolours on the site.
Capture the Light
The transfer of learning was evident in their own design of a pavilion on Day 3. The student’s brief was to use and combine forms and materials to create a pavilion to capture the light. A jury awarded prizes to the works for their conceptual qualities and as well as the regard to materiality. The entries included a pavilion with perforated ceiling that filled with lit with a retracting ceiling, a huge floating stained-glass window to act as warped roof, an igloo structure lit up from inside by the transmission of the sunlight through coloured panels, an ‘imploded sun’ – a reminder of the brevity of life on this planet, and a construction made from twisted neon cables that invite reflection and introspection and an ‘open book’ with that captures the sun’s rays on its reflective surfaces.