OFF THE RAILS Online Exhibition: Sunday 24th January – Saturday 20th March
As part of this exhibition, artist educator Ian Whitmore has been working with two Island schools, Oakfield CE Primary School, Ryde and Gurnard Primary School exploring the heritage of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and have created work in response to the collection.
Oakfield CE Primary School
With Oakfield CE Primary School, artist Ian Whitmore created two large format free-hand drawings of the IWSR’s flagship locomotive ‘O2’ Class W24 ‘Calbourne’ and a Ryde Pier tramcar for Year 2 & Year 4 students (respectively) to collage with hand cut and painted papers. The inspiration for the mosaic like technique came from IW artist Nick Martin’s 2020 hand painted collage ‘Ryde, gateway to the Island’.
‘Calbourne’ and the tramcar were selected as both had a working life on the Island, and later in 1971, helped haul the steam railways historic carriages from Newport to their new home at Havenstreet, exactly 50 years ago.
Gurnard Primary School
‘All About Trains’ by Gurnard Primary School is a stop frame animation created using Stop Motion Pro in situ at Gurnard primary and Jubilee Stores Studios, Newport.
Working with Year 1 students at Gurnard Primary, they explored a range of trains, from Stephenson’s Rocket (a very early steam locomotive in the early 1800’s) to cutting edge MagLev transport (a type of train that uses two sets of magnets: one set to repel and push the train up off the track, and another set to move the elevated train ahead). A series of black and white templates were provided for students to decorate and cut-out to make a procession of engines, tenders and carriages that were then animated using smartphone stop frame animation software, creating this amusing, short film.
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