Project. To design
a poster for the “Children’s Carnival, Patras 2006."
Purpose. To introduce the graphic
arts to children 6 to 13 through their own personal creations.
Assignment. Patras is known throughout
Greece and the world for its Carnival. A form of folk expression
bearing a close relationship to the visual arts. The town spends
the whole year preparing for this celebration. Within the context
of this event, children have their own separate form of participation.
This year the Visual Arts Workshop has proposed that the poster
for Children’s Carnival be designed by the children themselves.
The children have all worked on this under the guidance of their
teachers. At the end, a work will be chosen and printed as the
poster of the year and put up throughout the town.
Each of our exercises is based on the following focal points: Sentimental Attachments,
Artistic Instruction, and Research.
This consists of the relationship the child has with the subject
and the emotion that is developed for it. It is obvious that
the specific subject, focused on the joy and the entertainment
to be derived from color and disguise, is something the children
experience each year during Carnival in both the town and their
families. Furthermore, many images of this experience remain
in their memories.
Each work of visual art can be distinguished for its color, design,
texture, volume and composition. A poster contains all of the
above, except volume. Thus the children are guided by the teacher
to discover for themselves how a color changes by means of its
surroundings and how the shapes contribute to that. In short,
they are introduced to the dialogue between shape and color.
They are encouraged then to find out for themselves that letters
are shapes before they are letters and can have the color inside
them or outside (negative - positive).
This is then developed
by a special exercise. The role played by the poster and its
utility is also explained to them until they feel compelled
to try and produce
the proper figure. For the older children this exercise is done with cut-up
pieces of paper (collage); the positions can thus be changed many
times and various
relationships of shape and color experimented with, before the final composition
is settled on.
For the concepts of shape and color we made use of, in a simplified
form, images from the books by Johannes Itten and Josef Albers.
Before we started working on them we spent a good deal of time
looking at various posters from the Russian Avant Garde and Dada,
without in the process neglecting contemporary posters. We believe
that in order for the imagination to be fully mobilized it must
be nourished by quality stimuli from each subject. Afterward,
the books are closed and we start to work.
Format. 20 X 28 inches
(50 x 70 cm)
Time. Two hours a week for six weeks