We were invited last week to take part in a collaborative art project with 5 Truro Schools. Five Year 9 students from Richard Lander were selected to work with Year 9s from the other schools in making a large piece of art which will be exhibited at the Cathedral as part of an annual exhibition.
‘Firstly we went to Truro Cathedral to observe the shapes and architecture. We sketched areas of the building with the organ playing in the background. The idea was to incorporate the abstract architecture and sweeping archways of the cathedral into shifting shades of colour in a glass mosaic.’ Kirsten
Students were asked to draw sketches both inside and outside the cathedral and then simplify the drawings into shapes and patterns. There was some lovely drawings made by our talented students and it was interesting to see how students from other schools approached the sketching task.
We then walked to Truro High School as a large group and settled into the art room for the rest of the day.
‘We got to make mosaics with an artist called Sam Elliott who taught us how to cut and shape the glass. We were split into 5 different groups to make a section of the overall mosaic, taking pieces of glass and shaping them to fit in the gaps.’ Lily
The students worked well as a team with students they didn’t know, making decisions about design and how to create their group piece. There was an amazing assortment of glass pieces to work with and we were taught how to cut, trim and grind the glass to any shape or size. At the end, we put the 5 panels together and it formed a beautiful circular mosaic with a rainbow of colours.
The artist will do the final grouting and the next time we see it will be as a floor piece in the cathedral as part of the CTSAP exhibition, which opens on February 11th.