Lantern and wicker sculpture is a great way to start engaging your community with the magic of street spectacle or bring local historical or famous figures to life with a Big Head Puppet like the William Wallace Big Head & wearable art below created for the Ardrossan Castle Carnival Parade! Take a step further & bring fascinating local and Scottish folklore alive like the near full-size Demon Stallion or Cailleach Bheur Winter Goddess created for Ardrossan's Halloween parade below or Phoenix Ship of Dreams nearer the bottom as well!
Simple lanterns & other theme-relevant shapes as shown below, are great for environmental art projects, and can be adapted for seasonally-themed parades and outdoor art programmes, such as St Andrew's Day,Spring, Halloween & Christmas, working with age groups from 5 upwards.
The children were entralled with their lanterns & loved hearing the Gaelic words for Halloween Creatures & the stories they told themselves" Magi McCulloch, Home Link Worker / Tannahill Centre, Paisley
Wicker Sculpture can be adapted to a wide range of festival concept themes, such as Halloween, & the harps below, linking music & folkloric tales for the Westport Arts Festival Parade.
As with all workshops, a Gaelic or Irish Gaelic Phrasesheet is provided with all main terms covered in Gaelic and English to support continuation of learning, and can also integrate seasonal vocabulary, which can tie in with a variety of Festival Parades and large commissioned and collaboratively created sculptures, such as Irvine's Festival of Light, for which Ariel was Artist in Residence at the Scottish Maritime Museum, delivering St Andrew's Themed Lantern-Making workshops, creating a 12ft portable Phoenix Ship, and a collaborative Ship of Dreams with a local Youth Group.
"Definitely a big hit - people were coming up asking if they could buy the lanterns! A teacher from one of the schools that didn't take part was devastated when she saw them..." Downpatrick Arts Centre support worker
"That was excellent, the children thoroughly enjoyed it" Yvonne, Patrician Youth Centre Senior Youth Worker
Ariel also delivers Lantern-Making workshops based around the Gaelic Tree Alphabet...
"Best John Muir (workshop) ever!" S1-2 Participant in Solas bhon Àrainneachd Lantern-Making & Forest Story Circle workshops
''A fun way of experiencing and utilising nature in a creative manner, deepening the participants' appreciation of the environment. They eagerly took part and greatly enjoyed it! The materials were great and the process made the students work well together as well." Comunn na Gàidhlig Officer
Workshops provide the following links with Capacities/Outcomes and Experiences within Curriculum for Excellence: Language; Health and Well-being, Science, Technology, Expressive Arts, Awareness of our Environment, Teamworking, Other Languages - Gaelic "I listen or watch for useful or interesting information and I use this to learn new things." LIT 0-04a
"Thank you so much, they absolutely loved it!" Comunn na Gàidhlig Officer
Ariel can also work with groups of children and young people from 10 years upwards in creating larger-scale artistic wicker sculptures, as well as incorporating Celtic Graffiti Art Stencilling and poetry in the artwork, to form part of exciting street spectacle and parade work in communities!
Such broader creative approaches can work to raise the profile of local events and can also include workshops in drama, circus skills & stiltwalking to engage a wide range of abilities, interest and age groups in local areas, such as Ariel's work as part of Paisley's first Halloween Parade, seen in the video below:
Ariel has trained with leading wicker and wire sculptors in both the UK & Ireland & is available for commissions to create beautiful bespoke portable wicker sculptures as part of outdoor art, parade and community arts engagement programmes. In 2016, Ariel was Artist in Residence at the Scottish Maritime Museum for the Irvine Festival of Light, creating Bàta nam Bruadaran/Ship of Dreams & a Phoenix Figurehead, as well as extensive community parade development work with Ayrshire Youth Arts.
In May 2015, Ariel was the Banff & MacDuff Coast Festival Artist in Residence, creating the 3D Wire interactive Wishing Tree sculpture below, on foot of Community Creative Consultation, as well as facilitating a series of Wicker Sculpture workshops for local school & community groups, to the theme of 2015 being the International Year of Light, assisting the Banff Hillwalking Group & SMART (Self Management & Recovery Training Group) to literally put their names up in lights.
© Ariel Killick 2015