For our last Meet the Volunteers of 2013, we would like to introduce you to the brilliant Clare Marks, who has been helping out with our film workshops.
We would like to say a big thank you to all our fabulous volunteers this year, you have all been a wonderful help and a pleasure to work with! There will be new volunteers opportunities coming up very soon, so keep an eye on the website.
‘I have had so much fun working with the young filmmakers at project ability! I have wanted to volunteer at Project Ability for some time, and now I have had the chance to be an assistant producer, model-maker, camerawoman and voiceover artist! I’ve been involved in making sci-fi, drama, comedy, action, it has been an absolute pleasure to get to do this.
The group I worked with are passionate, imaginative and talented, with a specific interest in making artworks onscreen, and all that surrounds the world of film-making. What a crew, I feel like this is an Oscar speech!
I graduated from GSA in Environmental Art in 2012, and wanted to make use of my video and audio making skills somehow. I contacted Project Ability to see how I could get involved and was pleased to learn about Young Talent on Screen. This is a really exciting workshop for young people to learn about the filmmaking process, through group work, discussion and experimentation. There is room here to have fun, but also to progress professionally, with goals such as appearing in film festivals. It has been inspiring to watch the creative process, individually and within the group. I can’t wait to do more!’
- Clare Marks
Thank you Clare, and thank you to all our fantastic volunteers of 2013!
Our new Friends and Family Fun programme starts with a festive themed workshop. Come along on the day and our artists will help you to create a beautiful, illuminated paper village.
These classes provide the opportunity for children and young people with disabilities and their friends and families to participate in an exciting programme of visual arts activities. What's more you can take away a goody bag of ideas and materials to help you continue structured arts activities at home.
All young people must be accompanied by an adult.
Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.
Date- Saturday 14th December 2013
Cost- £5 per group
Please contact us on 0141 552 2822 to secure your place.
A trailer advertising the Young Talent on Screen Film Fesitval has been expertly created by Owen Scullion and the YToS team. Excellent work!
Don't forget to send us your films! Click here for more information.
For this week's 'Meet the Volunteers', we would like to introduce you to Joy Bain, who has been helping out in our Aspire workshops.
‘I graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1989, with a degree in Printed Textiles and Printmaking. For the past 20 years, I have had a studio at Wasps in Glasgow and have been a member of the Glasgow Print Studio, where I now teach woodcut. Since graduating, I have exhibited widely from London to New York, my work has a bold graphic style is easily recognisable.
I have always admired the work produced at Project Ability and I’m very happy to be part of this organisation as a volunteer. The enthusiasm of the people involved is infectious and the work created unique and extremely individual.’
Thanks a lot Joy! And thanks to all our wonderful volunteers! We will be advertising new volunteering positions next week, so keep an eye on the website!
It's already week 5 of the current Young Talent on Screen block of workshops! All the young filmmakers have been working hard making posters, animations and trailers for the Film Festival, as well as discussing films and the latest submissions.
Our guest blogger this week is Raeesah Ismail.
"I’m Raeesah Ismail and I made a poster that represents an old programme called ‘Saved by the Bell’, and I think it went well. I even put all the characters, called A.C. Slater, Zack Morris, Lisa Turtle, Jessie Spano, Screech Powers, Kelly Cepowsky, and I even put a bell right in the middle, and the colours I used were blue, green, pink, purple, orange, red and yallow. And I like how I designed it with the colours I picked myself."
If you would like to submit a film for the Festival, please click here.
Harriet is working on a poster for the Young Talent on Screen Film Festival. She likes to incorporate her favourite characters into the poster art- such as Zoe and Mike.
Harriet is an excellent drawer and enjoys participating in the Friday film quiz.
This week, we would like to introduce you to our wonderful volunteer Kevin Morris, who has been working with our Aspire group.
‘Working at Project Ability has been both a rewarding and positive experience, being able to meet and work with a range of talented groups, artists and staff has been truly inspiring. Having had previous experience of teaching and working with groups of various abilities, Project Ability has been a perfect opportunity to build on, develop and learn new skills in a creative and comfortable environment that everyone is part of and contributes to. I feel privileged and very grateful to be a part of this and look forward to spending more time with everyone involved.
Since graduating from The Glasgow School of Art in 2010 I have been predominantly working in ceramics, pursuing my own practice as well as working with others. I try to approach my work in an experimental way reacting to material and process as well as the landscape I find myself in. I am open to embracing new techniques in my work and value opportunities to pass on these skills as well as learn and work with other people.’
Thank you Kevin!
Our young filmmakers have been working hard! Last week, Owen and Peter worked on an animation film to advertise the festival, and TJ finished his poster for The Place Beyond the Pines. Here is what he had to say about it:
"The Place Beyond the Pines is about a biker performer, Luke Glanton who by coincidence finds out that he has a son called Jason from his former partner Rogue so in order to help his son he goes to rob banks to find enough money for Rogue and Jason. Then there's a second story about a rookie cop called Avery Cross who does anything in his power to find the criminal people want in his town.
The poster which I designed was an idea I got from the poster illustrator known as Saul Bass who created a strong style of film posters for the 50s and 60s."
New 'Meet the Volunteers'! This week, let us introduce you to the delightful Kirstie Forbes, who has been helping out in our Saturday Visual Arts Classes.
‘Saturday is always the highlight of my week. To spend an afternoon a week in such a positive environment which has such a strong creative energy is so refreshing and uplifting. Hearing everyone's weekly stories and how they choose to express this through different mediums is really exciting to me and we all have so much fun in the process.
I have just graduated from GSA's Fine Art Photography department in which I was predominantly a film maker, My work centres around positivity and how we view things, my way of thinking seems very at home at Project Ability, which simply put, is Great!’
Thank you Kirstie!
Our guest blogger this week is Andy Scott, who has been working on a promotional song for our Young Talent on Screen Film Festival.
"I am a filmmaker at Project Ability, I like to make art work, I do stand up comedy.
Tonight we've got everyone working In groups, writing songs to promote the festival, drawing posters, talking about film ideas. I am composing a song about Project Ability film festival, Thomas is writing the lyrics, the song is going to be pretty good."
If you want to submit a short film to the Young Talent on Screen Film Festival, just download the application form and send it back to us before 10 January. More information here.
This week, let us introduce you to Phoebe Barnicoat, who is volunteering with our Art Matters classes.
'After graduating from Painting and Printmaking at GSA in 2013, I was keen to pursue my interest in art therapy and Project Ability gave me the chance to do so! Working at the Saturday ‘Create’ workshops with young adults I have had the pleasure of meeting a variety of fascinating artists. Everyone has individually let me into their own world stimulating exciting discussions and passionate art making. I have gained strong connections amongst the group and will often find myself suddenly thinking of an artist or a film to recommend to one of the students during the week.
I feel honoured to be part of such a vibrant, stimulating and inspiring organisation! I have learnt a lot about how to manage projects particularly with young adults who may have quite a certain vision of what they would like to get out of the workshops. Thus Project Ability creates a free atmosphere enabling the students to experiment with their own ideas in a comfortable environment that has been such a wonderful experience to work within.
I really can’t stress more how brilliant volunteering at Project Ability has been. Not only has it been fascinating but I’ve had so many laughs and great conversations that I look forward to coming in every week for more!'
Thank you Phoebe! It's a pleasure to have you in our team!
Another Wednesday walk and another lucky break in the weather, so once again umbrellas were not required!
Last week's walkers visited what turned out to be a series of oasis of calm, starting off with the old cemetery to the rear of the Ramshorn Theatre at the top of Candleriggs. Next stop was Rottenrow Gardens to see the George Wylie sculpture commemorating the historic maternity hospital that stood there until it was demolished in 2002.
From there we crossed through some of the University of Strathclyde campus gardens and stopped to take some photographs of the Gerard Laing abstract steel sculpture which mimics the Callanish stones on the Isle of Lewis. Another George Wylie sculpture was passed along the way before we emerged and crossed over the High Street to the Cathedral.
After a short exploration of the grand interior we walked back down the High Street to Trongate 103 to upload our photos and make some plans for our next venture.
See more photos on our Facebook page.
The new block of Young Talent on Screen workshops has just started, and young filmmakers Harris and Michael have released their 'Film Pro Tips' video, which will help any aspiring director to start their own short film.
From storyboarding to editing, they tell you everything you need to know, step by step.
If you have an idea for a film, don't wait any longer! You can submity your existing films to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more information on the festival and to download a submission form.
‘I heard about the position through former volunteer and artist-in-residence Ruth Ansell. I was inspired to volunteer after hearing her wonderful stories about her time at Project Ability and how it accelerated her personal and creative growth.
I recently graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University, in International Product Design, with my dissertation having a Service Design focus. I endeavour to approach my work in a user centred way, which involves working closely with end users to generate qualitative research in order to produce effective design solutions. As a result I enjoy speaking to people on an individual basis and learning about their lives, everything from their interests to their frustrations.
During my time at Project Ability I have been able to spend time getting to know an incredible group of young adults. Each week they continuously create amazing pieces of art work while chatting freely about their influences and interests. The welcoming artists provide direction and support in a fantastic open studio. Throughout the week I look forward to spending my Saturday afternoon in a creative environment, recognising the progress, hearing the stories, sharing the laughs, and supporting a variety of talented individuals in producing art work they are proud of.’
A big thank you from all of us, Zsara!
The Wednesday walking group were lucky with the weather again last week. There was a definite chill in the air but the rain stayed away, the sky was blue and the light was clear making it an ideal day for walking and for making photographs.
The group took a brisk walk up the High Street to the Necropolis at the rear of Glasgow Cathedral.
For some of the group this was their first visit and for everyone it was an interesting experience with several people remarking that it was a peaceful and relaxing place to be.
There were clear views from the top across the city to the hills beyond but the chill wind didn't encourage standing still for long so after some photos at the summit the group headed back down the path to base-camp at Trongate 103 to get warmed up.
See more photos on our Facebook page.
Our film Lennox Castle Stories, directed by Project Ability film tutor Kate Burton, will be screened at the CCA as part of the Document 11 International Human Rights Film Festival.
Saturday 19 October, 12pm - 2pm, CCA 4
350 Sauchiehall Street
"My name is Thomas Dick, I'm 19 years old, I'm a green belt in shotokan karate and I like a lot of action and classic films because it helps me get better at karate. Classic films interest me because I get drawn into the story and I like the textures of black and white films.
What I like about coming to YToS is we get to watch a selection of movies, it's interesting to see a range of genres, genres that are usually outside of my interest.
I'm looking forward to our film festival, it will be interesting to see all the different kinds of films submitted.
The posters I enjoy making are often relating to an American theme. I like America and I enjoy watching American films.
(The photo above, is a work in progress for a poster design)."
And for our weekly game of Guess the Movie Star, can you guess who this Scottish actor is? (drawing by Ewan Stewart).
Once again, let us introduce you to our wonderful volunteers! This week, please meet Janine Moffat, who has been a great addition to the Saturday morning team.
‘I have recently graduated with a BA(first class) Honours in Contemporary Arts from UWS and am hoping to do a Post Grad in Art Therapy next year in 2014. I am attending an introduction to Art Therapy course in London in October to help gain more knowledge and understanding of the subject.
I have been volunteering in the Saturday Project Ability workshops for a few weeks now and it’s such a rewarding and enlightening experience. I feel so privileged to work alongside such lovely people and to work with such talented children. There is always such a positive and relaxed atmosphere and from the minute the children enter the room they’re always so enthusiastic and delighted to be there. The energy that the staff and children bring to the workshop is so amazing and it’s great to be a part of it and you can see that everyone is always very passionate about what they do.’
Thank you Janine!
Last Friday our Art Trek and Friends group took part in a one off workshop to create a brood of hens!
Everybody had a great time modelling our feathered friends in beautiful terracotta clay. It was a very productive day with 25 chickens completed, each with their own unique characters.
Watch this space as this flock is soon to take over our shop!
This is already Week 7 of our Young Talent on Screen workshops: this week will be the last one of the block. In the meantime, here is young filmmaker Owen Scullion's blog entry:
I really like making animations, working with plastercine and designing new characters for my films.
I'm drawing the movie poster for my favourite movie 'It's a wonderful life', it has a great story, Jimmy Stewart plays George Baily. George is not happy and he travels into the future and past, it has a great ending.
I really enjoy YTOS, designing posters and working with my pals. I also enjoy watching movies with the group. My favourite director is Steven Speilberg, out of all of his movies I like War Horse the best.
I'm really looking forward to putting on our film festival, meeting filmmakers and hosting Q&A's.
Can you guess who this British actor / director and comedian is?
During the last few weeks the Young Talent on Screen Group have been designing film posters, designing characters for promotional animations and making a ‘How to make a short film’ tutorial, which is soon to be launched! Each week the young people bring in films to share with the rest of the group. Michael Earll’s choice last time was ‘Nosferatu’ an expressionist German horror film (1922).
'I’m really looking forward to seeing the sent in entries. It would be a very interesting perspective as a group to rummage through the films, watching them and then choosing them, after a good discussion, to be featured in our festival.'
As for our weekly game, can you guess who this American Movie Star is (drawing by Euan Stewart)?
Today was the last day of the current block of Aspire workshops, with the finishing touch dabbed on many a canvas. But don't despair - we are now accepting forms for the next block, starting October the 21st, so to ensure your place please return a completed form as soon as possible. Remember, places are given on a first come first served basis on the receipt of a completed form, so don't delay!
This week, one of our young filmmakers Rory Macdonald is telling us more about last week's workshop.
"We drew pictures inspired by our favourite movies, and made our own movie posters. I chose ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’. I drew the Grinch and his dog.
My pal Owen designed a poster for ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, that’s his favourite film.
I enjoy making new friends and working with everyone on the Friday evenings. I think the film festival is going to be awesome!"
As for our 'Guess the Movie Star', can you guess who this is? (drawing by TJ Matterson)
During the summer, she told her story to director and producer Jonathan Mann, who then produced the short documentary 'Out of Sight Out of Mind'.
She also wrote down her memories into a wonderful book: 'I, Myself Marie Christie - Project Ability and the Lennox Castle Hospital Story', which she illustrated. We are lucky to have our very own signed copy by the artist!
The beautiful and moving book can be purchased from our shop in Trongate 103.
Though there is still plenty of time to submit a photo of your pet (closing date: 30th September), the Project Ability artists have started working on their pet portraits. Some are proving very popular!
We will select the best portraits and will exhibit them in our gallery in December.
See more photos here.
A few weeks back, we invited artist Tanya Raabe-Webber to lead a master-class on portraiture. Five artists took part and technician Jim Ewan asked them about the workshop.
JE. What have you been doing for the last couple of days?
D. I’ve been doing a self portrait and it’s a completely different style to what I’ve ever tried before, it’s something really different.
In what way is it different?
D. I’ve never really had any lessons in how to do portraits plus this was a different way of doing it anyway with putting the dark colours on first then gradually adding lighter colours, and the dark red and black show through at the end of it, or should be left to show through, it’s really different.
Was the demonstration that Tanya did helpful?
D. That was really interesting, to see the slides of the different art work she has been doing, you definitely need to see it in pictures, it made it stick in my memory better than just reading about it.
You did some drawing at the start of the workshop. What was that about?
D. That was to get the right proportions of the face, and then once you put them in you can adjust them to suit whoever you are painting - like your own face or if you were painting a model’s face you can adjust it according to the main design of it.
What will you take away from the workshop?
D. I’d like to practise the same technique again and get some more practice. It’s really effective.
Do you think that this is a quick way of doing it?
D. Definitely a lot quicker than I would usually do it, where I would never reach an end and not really be sure of what I’m doing.
JE. So tell us what you were doing at the start of the workshop with Tanya?
J. Tanya gave us an exercise to do to get the correct proportions, she’s got this system to take the measurement of the face, the nose to chin and all that jazz. it makes it a bit easier, so we were doing that in the morning.
So then you were drawing on the mirrors?
J. Yes, but before that we were drawing on paper to do the exercise and then once she felt that was fine, we used the acetate to draw.
Was that method helpful?
J. Definitely the easiest laying out of a self portrait I’ve done. Usually I have lots of lines and the rulers are out, so her system really broke it down and made it a lot easier.
Tanya put the cool colours down first, how did you feel about that?
J. When she gave her demonstration she was drawing everything in Hunters Green but then she used another colour, blue? But it was interesting to see her immediately starting off on the canvas with Hunters Green and her line was so delicate, it is really interesting and she hardly ever used any water, she was using acrylic at that point, straight from the tube, not something I’d seen before. Normally I would use charcoal to draw, so what she was doing immediately gave it life and it built it up really quickly, putting in the colours of the skin tones. I thought it was a brilliant way of working and it inspired us all because I noticed we all started off with Hunters Green. It was a good way of starting because it brought it to life quickly.
So how did you get on with your own one, putting down the cool colours first then the flesh tones?
J. I haven’t painted a self portrait for such a long time and I don’t really like looking at myself so it was an emotionally traumatic journey, but I was very inspired by her approach, so my approach was different from what I would have done normally.
Do you think it was a quicker method?
J. Considering it was just a two day workshop and we spent a lot of time on the demo, the talk, the slides and I don’t work constantly, my concentration is not good and I get tired and I tend to wander about, so just 2 days and I know it needs more work but there is a result there. After a while it’s so intense you don’t know what you are looking at anymore but her system has been really effective, quite a revelation and her work is incredible, really expressive.
JE. What have you been working with?
J Mc. Acrylics, because that was quick. Just as quick as I can do today, it’s not bad, it’s getting there.
Would you put oils on top?
J Mc. I don’t know. I’ll maybe do it in oil, you can do that can’t you, that would be good.
What about the preparatory work, you did some drawings?
J Mc. That was great as well, you did a frame and then used the acetates, got pens and drew your own face or your main features.
So you were practising the proportions of the face?
J Mc. Aye, it was good
Do you think you will finish?
J Mc. I don’t think I’ll finish but it won’t be far away.
JE. Tell us about the workshop you have been doing?
N. This is a portrait workshop, I was a wee bit apprehensive at first cause who likes to dae’ your own face, but it’s been quite enjoyable. I’ve found my oils again, first time I have painted with oils for 15 or 16 years. I found all the things I’ve missed, can’t believe I haven’t done it in such a long time and I’ve enjoyed it, can’t believe it’s finished, two days is so quick, the workshop was brilliant.
What did you do at the beginning?
N. We did drawings to start with, learn your structure, how your face comes into components, divide up your face, always start with the drawing part anyway before you get your colours. The workshop was to show how to split up the face, the measurements, how many times your eye goes into your head.
So was the workshop a good reminder on portraiture for you, was the structure different?
N. It’s the same process I do all the time, if you are drawing and painting you’ve got to get your composition first, always work it out and drawing saves wasting paint. Always do your drawings first, work out your composition then do a watery sketch first, and then once I’m ready, get a canvas and go for it. That applies to landscapes as well. I tend to be drawing all the time and I’ve found I’m loving moving the paint around so maybe I’ll start doing more painting, it’s probably been good for me.
JE. So what have you been doing over the past few days?
S. Doing this self portrait. First time I’ve actually painted for about a year, so I’ve just taken part in this workshop and it has been a real eye opener to learn some new techniques of painting. Yeah, absolutely fantastic.
What parts were new to you?
S. The way Tanya goes about creating an initial image, really quick brush strokes, very sparse but really, really fascinating getting something down and using a really light touch whereas I’m quite heavy with a brush and if I hadn’t seen the demonstration beforehand I would have probably have approached this portrait in a completely different way but as it is I’ve just had to persevere and work on it and work on it and work on it. I’ve had to alter the size of the head and everything, so yeah it’s getting there. I think there’s still a bit more work but I’ll probably leave it just now and maybe pick it up next week and do some more work on it.
So have you just been using acrylics today?
S. No, it’s oils today, I used acrylics yesterday to lay down the foundation and earlier on it was just washes over the top of it and then getting a bit thicker with the paint again, yeah it’s getting there, it’s not perfect but it never will be.
JE. So how do you think people got on?
Tanya. I think they picked up the head and shoulders structure with a fair amount of ease and we adapted that to creating these on self portraits using acrylic paints to start off with and then some people have gone on to oils and I think it’s been really successful, everyone’s worked really hard and there’s some amazing portraits. I think it’s been really great.
Thank you all!
The YToS workshops are now in their fourth week, and the young filmmakers have been hard at work!
Harris tells us more about last week's workshop: "Some of us are currently in the process of producing short 'how to make a film' tutorial video for anyone who wants to try and make a film for the festival but isn't sure how to start making one of their own.
On Friday night, as a whole group we did a set of movie quizzes and while team 'Martial Arts Masters' quizzed valiantly, team 'Fail' ultimately failed to live up to their name and scored more points."
And for our weekly 'Guess the Movie Star', can you guess who this beautiful American actress is?
The participants of Tanya Raabe-Webber’s portraiture masterclass have been working hard on their portraits, and Tanya’s tuition has no doubt helped produce some truly excellent results!
Some wonderful poirtraits in the making, soon to be complete!
Tanya’s workshop was a huge hit with our artists, and we hope to welcome Tanya to Project Ability again very soon. We just can't wait to see the finished works - coming soon!
The YToS Film Festival preparations continue apace with the finishing touches being put to the filmmaking hints 'n' tips video series, new Guess the Movie Star portraits and welcoming new participants!
Perhaps the highlight was watching the original 1922 expressionist classic 'Nosferatu' provided by Michael Earl, one of our members, who is a connoisseur of silent cinema. Michael gave us an introduction and synopsis of the film before we settled back to watch The Symphony of Horror!
And last, but certainly not least, can you guess who this fine gentleman is?
During last week's workshop, our young filmmakers started working on a 'tips for film' video, due to be released soon: how to plan your movie, storyboarding, editing, etc. Want to know more? Here are a few of their tips:
1) Get a story!
If you don't have an idea for a story, you can't really progress.You can use your imagination or personal experience to develop a story. Once you have an idea you can then decide which style and what resources you need, e.g. props, actors, location.
Get a visual idea for your film, how will your key scenes look? What will your characters say and do? Make sure these all make sense.
There are plenty more tips, which you will be able to see in their video soon. In the meantime, can you guess this week's movie star??
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