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Every Child Is An Artist

This term we have launched a new project for the year called Every Child Is An Artist. Children in years 1-6 will be working with the Mercurial Dance team every week and this terms theme is Digital Arts.  A whole school project will develop the children’s creative, artistic and design skills.

Our Focus for the Autumn is Digital Arts: taking the children to the latest in digital making, creating, hacking, coding as we build towards a game and installation in December. In our creative journey we start to look at what makes up a city? and how might we augment reality

Leading the Mercurial Dance team is Artistic Director Oliver Scott and this project builds on some of the arts and film projects he have led in the school.

Here is a bit of info about the Artists your children are working with this term.

Oliver Scott., Mercurial Dancer – Dance with years 1&2

Oliver will be developing a new dance curriculum for the Oasis Hobmoor welcoming and working alongside a new dancer to the Mercurial team for the autumn with Years 1 and 2.

Oliver Scott is a versatile individual. He is artistic director of Mercurial Dance, and founding trustee of Mercurial Arts Charity. His work spans roles as a performer, choreographer, artist educator and arts consultant/producer. He has toured internationally, performing with a range of dance and theatre companies. Highlights include launching the Bubble Chamber, Mercurial’s pop up performance space for dance and technology;  recent Mercurial Dance productions include Fair Youth (2015) a duet for libraries inspired by Shakespeare’s Sonnets, and the fun projects at Oasis Hobmoor such as Aspire! week, The school anthem En’Light’en and digital dance work Chaotic Liquid Network (2014)


Ashley Brown – Digital Artist and Coder – Years 5&6

Ash will be working with Makey Makey’s, Littlebit and Arduinos to explore physical computing with Yrs 5 and 6. It could include turning a bunch of bananas into a keyboard and playing music or seeing how your pot plant sounds when you stroke its leaf!

Ash has worked with Mercurial Dance for a number of projects over the last 6 years. His work includes creating interactive objects and environments, hacking and repurposing devices, crafting code and working at the intersection between art, technology and design to uncover and reveal new potential and crafting beautiful (and not so) objects that make people smile for the past 6 years. Ash produces electronica and dubstep under the name DJ Arctic Sunrise.

Darius Powell – Digital Artist and Game Designer

Darius will be working on creating a game environment with Years 3 and 4, populating a virtual world with avatars, buildings and creations.

Darius is a digital artist and tutor who is also based at QUAD in Derby with over 10 years experience in animation and media. Darius regularly works on media products requiring his skills in video, animation, motion graphics, Photoshop and interactive design. A regular workshop leader, he has delivered animation training to thousands of people aged 3 – 80+.

Emma Puente – Filmmaker

Emma will be working with year 2H, 3 and 4 working on Filmmaking, animation, editing and skilling up the children for a launch of Hobmoor TV later in the Autumn Term.

Emma produces videos, works with image editing, animation, design and other things of that ilk. She has led many workshops with both young people and adults on the use of creative software and equipment, mainly with a focus on filmmaking or animation but occasionally other pursuits such as image editing and comic creation. She has taught at schools, youth/art centres, museums and village halls.


Aspire Week Day 3!


In Day Three Mosaic worked with children and parents on some team building and confidence skills.


Their challenge was to build the tallest, strongest tower – using only paper sellotape and scissors


Year 2 worked with Ursula Westwood on felt making. Over the week children are contributing to a single artwork with their different ideas


First you need to pull out and lay the wool


Then you put hot water and detergent on and roll it to knit the fibres together


This makes the wool flat and the designs come together

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