Despacito Art School, ongoing

The Despacito Art School is a hands-on place to learn about art, craft and functional object-making. Despacito is open to young people aged 7 to 12, who live in and around Cliftonville West.

It takes place every Wednesday afternoon, 4-6pm – except during half term when we have two sessions: one from 12.30 to 2.30pm, another from 2.30 to 4.30pm – and is run by art tutors Heather Tait and Emily Whitebread, together with OSE associates Coral Brookes, Katie Fiore, Una Hamilton Helle and Sarah Karen.

Current sessions: January to April 2018

The new round of Despacito echoes the current project ‘Emperor Qin’s Mausoleum‘ and explores the afterlife, antiquity and space. The programme has been put together Heather Tait.

Wednesday 31 January
Who is awesome? Who do we celebrate?: create large 3d Portraits

Wednesday 7 February
Mummies: explore ‘wrapping’ methods using string, wool and other fabrics

Wednesday 14 February
Build and decorate a space rocket inspired by the LIDO Tower

Wednesday 21 February
Clay modelling: create our own terracotta army that will journey with us to the new planet

Wednesday 28 February
Build a wall: brick making from plaster of Paris and foraged items e.g. seaweed, shells, etc.

Wednesday 7 March
Chalk carving: inspired by hieroglyphics we will create our own symbolic language and carve it into the chalk

Wednesday 14 March
Metalwork: embossing and wired metalwork

Wednesday 21 March
Jewellery making: bracelets, badges and pendants using sea glass and other found items

Wednesday 28 March
Make a time capsule: what should we leave behind?

Wednesday 4 April
Candle making

Wednesday 11 April
Costume making part 1

Wednesday 18 April
Costume making part 2

Past sessions: Autumn 2017

Wednesday 4 October
Printing from drain covers
We will be making prints from drain covers and other street furniture. We will be painting onto the covers using printing ink and making prints from them. We will also experiment with rubbings and make prints of road signs and other text based street furniture.

Wednesday 11 October
T-shirt printing from drain covers

Using last weeks techniques we will make printed t-shirts for themselves

Wednesday 18 and 25 October (half term)
Giant sweetshop

We will create enlarged versions of favourite sweets as individual projects which will be put together to create a sweetshop exhibition. They will be made from cardboard and mudrock, then painted.

Wednesday 1 November
Cynotype printing using found objects

Children will be shown how to print simple cyanotypes using found objects.

Wednesday 8 November
Cyanotype printing with self portraits

Make cyanotype self portraits. Take photographic portraits and turn them into negatives using vegetable oil. These will then be turned into cyanotypes.

Wednesday 15 November
Leather making workshop

We will be making handmade, drawstring purse from pre-cut patterns. We will be sewing pieces of leather together, thread thong and adding poppers.

Wednesday 22 November
Monoprinted self portraits

Experiment with monoprinting mark making, followed by self portraits. Photographs will be taken of each child and used to make monoprints.

Wednesday 29 November
Musical instrument making from recycled materials

We will make rainsticks from cardboard tubes and dowling which we will paint.

Wednesday 6 December

An image of the Pettmans will be cut into equal parts and given to each child to recreate; colour in/ add things to, using drawing materials. The images will be reassembled into a whole and displayed.

Wednesday 13 December
Christmas workshop

Christmas themed decorations.