To coincide with an exhibition of paintings by internationally acclaimed performance artist Andre Stitt we asked photographic artist and workshop leader Kate Dunwell to devise a workshop which could incorporate elements of performance and mark making in a fresh and contemporary way.

“The idea behind the workshop was to create interesting fun images, exploring mark making, movement and the way your own body can create a composition in a really simple but effective way using a method you can re-create with your own cameras at home- a simple photographic technique using the camera set on a long/open exposure and moving lights to draw an image.” Kate Dunwell

Project Plan:redlight

  • Suitable for age: 8+ ( you could do this with any age providing right staffing levels and equipment)
  • Group size: of 15
  • Workshop duration: 2 hours

What you need:

  • Battery powered torches, fairy lights or bicycle lights
  • Digital Cameras ( we used 2 digital SLRs but most compact
    cameras will work)
  • A darkened space.
  • Props can be fun e.g . fancy dress box
  • Printing facilities ( if you can’t print you could make a digital

Set up 2 workstations:Moustache

  1. A fixed position tripod with camera set to a long exposure in a darkened area. One person takes the photo, while others move lights in front of the camera.
  2. A fixed camera with umbrella flash. With this set up I introduced a dressing up box to create quirky portraits, drawing with the torches moustaches, glasses and love hearts to frame their faces.

Several people had brought their own cameras and I showed them how to find the right settings.

Final Step:

For the last half an hour we selected their favourite images, which we printed out onto photo paper and put into mounts to take home!

Top tip no 1:

camera settingTo find a long exposure on compact digital cameras/ cameras people have at home Look through the scene selection menu and chose a night-time mode.

Top tip no 2:

Another great effect is taking a long exposure when a car drives past and you get a long light line of where the car is going, “paint its headlight.

Top tip no 3:

For contextual background on light painting techniques research 20th Century artists Man Ray, Gjon Mili and 1914 Frank and Lilian Gilbreth.


Kaleidoscope coloursTo explore the vibrant and confident use of colour in an exhibition of new works by well loved Swansea based artist Glenys Cour, we held a Kaleidoscope making workshop during the Christmas holidays in 2012!

By making a simple prism the paintings were transformed into changing and mesmerising geometric patterns!

What you need:

  • 2 different sizes of Cardboard tube which fit inside each other
  • Plastic mirror
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Clear Sticky tape
  • Plastic lenses or Petri dish
  • Beads& sequins
  1. Measure and score lines on the back of the plastic mirror which will allow a prism to fit within the smaller tube.
  2. Fold the plastic mirror into a prism which will fit inside the smaller a tube and stick with tape.
  3. Put beads and sequins into the Petri dish or plastic lenses and seal with clear sticky tape.
  4. Stick the lens filled with beads to the larger tube and fit the larger tube onto the end of the smaller tube.
  5. Decorate!
  6. Use your kaleidoscope to marvel at the world around you!

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