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Art and neurosciences

We have started with a bit of history:

Men have always been attracted by brain’s mysteries, trying to find the place of the soul in the body. In the Renaissance, scientists proved ideas, emotions and feelings were not located in the heart but in the brain.

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After the discovery of a french surgeon in the 19th century, the researchers have started to try to map the brain and find the areas responsible of vision, audition, taste, smelling… Since then, the progress of medicine and science have been so fast than they allow us to study and cure the brain without taking it out of the skull.

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–> the children have drawn the outline of their profile.

  • Then we have talked about the aspect of brain from outside.

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Like a big half sponge ball with:

– 2 hemisphere

– and 4 parts

– + the cerebellum.

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–> the kids have drawn and cut the shape of a brain in a matrix

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  • Finally we have seen how the brain does look like inside

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– Cranium

– Meninx

– Cortex (Grey Matter with neurons)

– White Matter (with fibers)

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–> they have put colors on the brain with specific rules per degree to finally stick it in the bust outline.

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Grade 1: colored pen on white paper + old drawing of brain with a colored part

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Grade 2: white pen on black paper + special brain cut with a colored part

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Grade 3: white shape stuck on black paper + shape of brain cut in a matrix and colored

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Grade 4: black shape stuck on white paper + drawn brain

Grade 5: white shape stuck on black  paper + colored matrix in a brain shape

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If you want to know more about the project (and if you can read french): https://efarthurrimbauddsm.wordpress.com/2016/10/19/the-brain-project/

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Creation of an exhibition with teenagers

With the sixth grade we have talked about idiomatic expressions to illustrate. French langage is not uniform but very rich of words and expressions coming from different french speaking cultures which express the different realities of cities such like Brussels, Kinshasa, Geneva, Port-au-Prince, Montreal or Paris.

With the seventh grade we have worked on the specific vocabulary (10 words) chosen every year for the francophonie. For this project, the Watchata crew, Tanzanian graffiti artist came to help us from the typography to the drawing technique with spray.

The students of eighth grade have made researches on the topic of refugees. They have read article, they have watched documentaries to understand the phenomenon of migratory flux. Then they have chosen a specific story to tell in an installation made of boxes questioning…What if we were them? Why are the people so afraid by refugees? And if we had to leave, where would we go, what would we bring with us?

Grade nine has realized a performance based on a play from Ribes about art, museum and our relationship to contemporary art.

With the high school, we have studied stereotype and cliche about gender in photography.

 

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Screen printing project with primary school

This project was an introduction to screen printing. It was cut in 2 sessions of 2 hours and an half.

In the first part, we have started with an introduction about screen printing

  • What is a printmaker?
  • What is their utility?
  • What are printing arts?

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  • On which support can we print? paper/wood/textile

Then I showed them examples of engravings and different types of prints.

  • lino cut
  • wood cut
  • etching
  • aquatint
  • collagraphy
  • monotype

And I explained more about screen printing:

  • etymology

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  • history… in pictures

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For the first session:

  • They had to make preliminary researches on a specific topic (by level) for a observation drawing

CP fishes of Tanzania

CE1 shelves of Tanzania

CE2 insects and butterflies of Tanzania

CM1 corals and seaweeds of Tanzania

CM2 trees of Tanzania

  • Then a draft drawing with pencil
  • A last version with black marker pen
  • And a transfer on a tracing paper to create the typon (final drawing to be printed)

For the second session, we have shown to the children all the different steps from the drawing to the printing.

We have also reviewed the supplies needed with plenty of new words of vocabulary.

  • typon
  • chassis ou cadre de bois
  • maille ou soie
  • photo-émulsion
  • écran
  • râcle
  • table d’insolation
  • développement

The pupils had to fill in a drawn inventory and a comic strip to explain the equipment and the steps before to print their own tote bag by themeselves.

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Family day – The last time I saw

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Want to get rid of all your inhibitions? Give them some brushes and colors, the will show you the way to freedom.

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