The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) has mounted a career-retrospective of Irish-born painter Sean Scully, running until April 23. Featuring over 100 of Scully’s works, ‘Follow the Heart: The Art of Sean Scully 1964-2014, London – New York,’ includes many examples of the abstract color blocking he is famous for, as well as a new large scale sculptural piece in steel entitled China Piled Up. To watch Scully discuss the exhibition, and to see some examples of his work, watch this video. Visit The Guardian to read an in-depth interview with the artist; he has some interesting things to say about Ai Weiwei!
Read on for a crafty art project (inspired by Scully’s striped panels) which you can try out with your kids.
After your kids have seen the exhibit, follow these instructions from the blog Learning Parade (adapted from the art discovery area dedicated to Scully’s work at the Ulster Museum in Northern Ireland).
Resources needed are few:
- a rectangle of stiff cardboard (about 20cms by 8cms) for each child
- lots of brightly coloured wool
- double-sided sticky tape
- a staple gun for displaying your work
Simply stick a strip of tape down the center of each card. Then get each child to wrap strands of their favourite wool around their card to create stripes. They can design a pattern or just go for a random look…
You can place completed cards side by side, and combine to make your own family’s abstract masterpiece.