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The Bluecoat School, Stamford, Lincolnshire

A Family Learning Project working in The Bluecoat Primary School with 20 children in Years Reception, 1, 2 and 3, and their parents/carers.

"FOOD FOR THOUGHT"


The theme of food was the starting point for our papermaking activities. To this, we added the notion that plants growing on the school grounds could add colour, texture and aroma to our papers. We set out to explore all of the various combinations we might invent. Alongside the obvious things like flowers and leaves which we collected, we also used 1) peel from apples, cucumbers, bananas, oranges, potatoes 2) onion skins 3) garden herbs 4) cooked kidney beans 5) feathers and yarns 6) coloured recycled papers. Parents/carers worked together with their children in all stages of the activities not just as adult helpers, but to share and enjoy the process of learning with the children.

Jonathan Korejko 12 Church Lane, Timberland, Lincoln LN4 3SB T: 01526 378222 E: jjck@zen.co.uk W:www.jonathankorejko.co.uk

Adults generally helped their children with the more complicated tasks on the first day, but by the end of day 2, most of the children were quite capable of making their papers unassisted. We created many different colours using recycled papers from the school's waste bins.

Jonathan Korejko 12 Church Lane, Timberland, Lincoln LN4 3SB T: 01526 378222 E: jjck@zen.co.uk W:www.jonathankorejko.co.uk

We also progressed onto more adventurous work, learning about embedding, and how to make a large sheet of colourful paper on a specially constructed table top. This piece of work was a real group effort, with both children and adults lending a hand. If you look closely, you might be able to see that we incorporated a photograph of our group of papermakers into the paper itself.

Jonathan Korejko 12 Church Lane, Timberland, Lincoln LN4 3SB T: 01526 378222 E: jjck@zen.co.uk W:www.jonathankorejko.co.uk

When the papers were dry, we moved onto the next phase of the project: making things with paper. First, we constructed simple shapes by moulding clay in our hands, to create a form in the shape of a bowl or flat dish. Once the mould was complete, we proceeded to cover it using papier-mch techniques. Pieces of the handmade paper which we had made were stuck onto the mould, and then layered on top of one another, using washaway Pva glue. When dry (it took a week), the paper vessels were carefully removed from the clay, and varnished to give them a nice finish.

Jonathan Korejko 12 Church Lane, Timberland, Lincoln LN4 3SB T: 01526 378222 E: jjck@zen.co.uk W:www.jonathankorejko.co.uk

There was one more little job for everyone to do before the project finished. Small wooden mirrors were bought from a popular interior design shop, which were very easy to use. Children and adults took measurements of the mirrors home with them. They returned with design plans for how they intended cover their mirrors in handmade paper.

Jonathan Korejko 12 Church Lane, Timberland, Lincoln LN4 3SB T: 01526 378222 E: jjck@zen.co.uk W:www.jonathankorejko.co.uk

Everyone was doing well with their individual projects, and they were also getting on very well with one another. We decided to take advantage of the group dynamics to make larger pieces of work. But we had to learn some of the basics first, so we all had a go at making little paper lanterns using willow withies and thin tissue paper. These lanterns were decorated with pieces of handmade paper. A soon as these were complete, people worked in groups of 6 or 7, children and adults combined, to create willow structures that were taller than any of the children in the room ! These were also covered in colourful and decorative designs of handmade paper. The finished articles were lit with battery operated lamps, or low wattage electric lights.

Jonathan Korejko 12 Church Lane, Timberland, Lincoln LN4 3SB T: 01526 378222 E: jjck@zen.co.uk W:www.jonathankorejko.co.uk

A pictorial review of papermaking and the making of decorative objects with handmade paper at a primary school in Stamford, England. June, 2009.
Credits: This Project is part of the Creative Partnership Programme Managed by : Creativity, Culture and Education Creative Agent : Leanne Taylor Supported by : Arts Council England

The Bluecoat School Headteacher : Mr. Tim Howley

Designed and written by Jonathan Korejko Papermaker and Printmaker Photographs by Jonathan Korejko

July 2009

Jonathan Korejko 12 Church Lane, Timberland, Lincoln LN4 3SB T: 01526 378222 E: jjck@zen.co.uk W:www.jonathankorejko.co.uk