The Heart of Glass Schools and Colleges Programme is a pilot scheme working with key partner schools in St Helens. A key output will be a series of online resource packs that complement the Heart of Glass Programme, aimed at different key stages and available for all schools and colleges in St Helens and delivering CPD to local schools networks.
Cathy Cross is Artist in Residence: Schools and Colleges. As well as developing her own practice – which will include bringing in additional artists to collaborate with – she aims to become truly embedded in the key schools and respond to partnerships collaboratively with teachers and pupils.
Cathy builds dens, creates projects, and constructs new spaces for pupils, teachers and parents to forge a deeper relationship with learning. Her work explores how the environments we use – often those overlooked or ignored – can become inventive incubators for personal growth. Harnessing projections, sound scapes, low-tech gadgets and high-spec smartphones, Cathy is embedding herself within the communities of St Cuthbert’s and Lansbury Bridge schools. Her practice doesn’t shy away from the difficult questions either: if our children lack ambition and drive, what’s at the root of that? And what can we all do – teachers, parents, peer groups – to engage curious young minds, inspire those who work with them, and help all of us reach our full potential in the process?
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St Cuthberts Catholic High School, St Helens
March to May 2018
Working alongside art teachers at St Cuthberts, we delivered our pilot project in Spring 2018. During GSCE art lessons, year 10 students explored themes of structure Architecture and mechanics. We devised new lesson plans in line with the current Independent Study Pack. We built some temporary structures/ pods in the covered area outside of the art rooms, these structures could be used as starting points for the students to study, take part, record and interview the artist in residence for their own research. Some students worked directly with me (Cathy Cross) to construct the spaces and therefore devise uses for the pods as further learning spaces for outdoor learning. I met with the teachers who run the Farne Centre (learning support) and we have identified a cohort of year 7 students that may choose to take part in the Talking Corridors project that will run from September. This will be an informal approach, getting to know the students in the learning support centre, finding out what they might be interested in doing, either during break/lunch times or during lessons. Using projectors and smart devices I intend to look at how messages can be conceived, created and delivered, by students that may not always have a voice. I plan to project content, images, videos throughout the corridors during lunchtimes to raise intrigue, interest, engagement and questions.
Lansbury Bridge School and Sports College
During the autumn term, Cathy will be working with the whole school community at Lansbury Bridge School to create an installation suspended above the atrium in the dining hall. We will be using various medium to produce abstract surfaces on circular discs that will be in part opaque, textured and clear. This will then create a multi layered projection surface. Cathy hopes to use this as a basis for exploration using projection, Lighting and soundscapes. Sending images, videos, animation and artwork, projected across the air above our heads…as we meet to eat together each day..