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23 Jun 17

Chris runs a workshop at St Barnabas school

Our artist Chris Alton was leading the workshop for three year 7 classes, encouraging the children’s creativity in tasks inspired by Robert Adam’s work and ideas. Robert Adam had various inspirations for his own art work, such as monochrome, drawings and designs as well as a love for ruins. This key fact played a big role in the day which was split in to three parts, starting with a sketching stage, Chris asked them to find a building they like and sketch what it would look like abandoned one thousand years in the future and then to write a piece on why they choose the building and explain why it was left behind. One young boy was struggling to draw anything and asked Chris if he could use shapes and colour to portray his chosen building. He used the materials creatively and was a great example that art and creativity is not about following the rules, instead bending them and thinking outside the box. In the second part of the workshop, they had to split up in groups of 4 or 5 and create a collage of each sketch the members of their group had drawn. The final part consisted of each group building their own 3D model inspired by their collages out of various materials such as cardboard, cereal boxes, coloured paper and tape, pens, etc. The kids learned to work in a team and develop their artistic skills in an enjoyable way. The workshop was a huge success with the kids and teachers alike. The children commented that they really liked the freedom they were given and they would love to do another workshop next year. The teachers were very supportive and are looking forward to the final art piece in November.

Adam Speaks artist Chris Alton with children at St Barnabas School

06 Jun 17

First workshop at Kimichi School

Chris Alton ran a day-long workshop at Kimichi Independent Secondary School, focusing on Robert Adam's use of mythical creatures in his work, a motif which echoes the hybrid nature of his architectural and design practice. Participants were invited to make collaborative drawings of mythical creatures, with one person contributing a segment to each of the drawings. These surreal illustrations and collages then formed a pool of inspiration for the next stage of the workshop; designing and making a series of mythical creature costumes. The participants dove into the making process, using a mixture of cardboard, paper and fabric to create blocky robots, multiple eyed gorgons and Roman style Gods, amongst others. There was a strong, collaborative spirit within the group, with everyone pitching in to help and support others. The workshop with Kimichi will feed into my ongoing research regarding the work of Robert Adam at Croome.

Chris Alton at Kimichi School

25 May 17

The Adam Speaks team visit Chris Alton

The Croome team visited Chris at his studio in London where we where able to see some of his previous works from other projects and talk about his ideas for the workshops. It was a fantastic experience to really get to know Chris better and to understand his different approaches to his artworks. Peter Young our amazing volunteer photographer took images of Chris is his studio so you can imagine being there talking to him too.

Adam Speaks visit to Chris Alton