Welcome to our shared studio! We share our studio with our artist Orla. We spend time making, thinking, talking, learning, creating, and meeting people. We’ve included video footage of our studio space and information on what goes on inside.
Room 13 Inquiry is a place where you can come and make art. It's in our school, Scoil Bhríde Cailíní, and our artist Orla helps us with our ideas. Sometimes we come in and don't know what we want to explore, and other times we come in and know exactly what we would like to do. Orla helps us when we are unsure of what materials might work well, or if we are unsure of how to get started. Sometimes that's the hardest part.
What does the studio mean to me?
Hi my name is Binta. The studio is different because you can express your ideas and you are able to make things from your own imagination. It makes you feel artistic even if you didn't feel creative before. It helps with self-esteem and builds people's confidence. It's like Room 13 and art never ends. The studio is different to other classrooms because it feels like we've more time to explore our art and its okay if something goes wrong. We do make mistakes, in the classroom that matters, but in Room 13 its okay as it sometimes leads to something positive. Thanks!
Experimenting with Colour
Hi, Aoife, Beth, Alyiah and Leane here. We love Room 13. People are interested in what happens there. We usually sit down before we start working and talk about materials we might use, the methods and suggestions of how to use them. We have done a lot of experiments in our studio with paint, charcoal and much more! When you think of the word experiment most people think of science. We found out that by using burnt wood or charcoal we can draw different shades of grey. By mixing primary colours we can create new colours. Using primary colours (blue, yellow and red) I mixed red and blue and white and got a light green. I added yellow and got a weird brownie colour. These are some of our many studio experiments.
Hi, My name is Neepa and I’m Leah. A lot of the influences come from the trips we have been on and the artists we have met. It’s inspiring to see how they work and this influences us to make a piece of work using similar methods. Our artist in residence has also taught us different methods that helps us along the way. We also influence each other, asking for help if we need a different perspective on our ideas.
Planning & Responsibilities
Hi I'm Shannon, and in Room 13 Inquiry we have guidelines for how we use the studio as a group but also as individuals. In this picture we see me and my friends naming all the different jobs needed to make sure Room 13 runs properly. This includes cleaning after we're finished making art, looking after materials so they don't go to waste or get destroyed or go missing and respecting other people's work and ideas, including Orla our artist. We take good care of our studio, and we like to photograph the work we do and sometimes we make videos and interview each other to share Room 13 with other schools.
Sometimes people like to visit us in our studio to see what we are doing. We had artist Sarah Ward visit - that was great because she talked about her art and we had seen some of her art work in an exhibition before. The Táiniste Joan Burton and Cllr. Mary McCamley visited from Fingal County Council, so we made a video log of their visit.