Each school undertook to develop different imaginative artistic activities exploring a variety of techniques. The results are shown here in a publication of a selection of student work produced.
Artistic activity at Ellen Academy (Scotland)
Students were introduced to two techniques. The first built on the students’ experiences in Pico as well as information about the whaling industry in North East Scotland. The other employed an established technique, using water based paints combined with Indian inks to create a series of rich and atmospheric, textural images.
The whale processing factory (Museu da Industria Baleeira) in Sao Roque, Pico was a key stimulus, together with imagery from the ‘scrimshaw’ museum in Horta. Some time was spent exploring the exhibits in both venues and taking photographs for later reference.
Some students created their own ‘scrimshaw’ pieces. Production of their finished pieces involved preparing a surface with white oil pastel followed by applying black pastel on top. The images were ‘drawn’ using various sharp points and needles, hatching and cross hatching to achieve progressively lighter sections. The final images were then scanned and manipulated in Photoshop, adding sections of relevant images to achieve the results shown here. The images are atmospheric and visually arresting the strong contrast of black against white generates a dark brooding somewhat menacing sensation.