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Loop.pH - teachers
You can include ArtisanCam in your teaching in a number of ways, from classroom activities guided by the classroom workshop video clips to research using timelapse, techniques, influences or questions sections or using the interactive online learning tools. Featured artists usually have seven sections and the table below will tell you what you should expect to see:

Loop.pH is comprised of artists Rachel Wingfield and Mathias Gmachl based in London. The video clips and the interactive activity Phototropism were made with funding from London grid for Learning and the support of Kew Gardens
Through using the site, and being encouraged to discuss, reflect on contemporary sculpture and installation artwork and by creating and modifying the work they produce, pupils will know, do or understand the following:

  1. identify the materials used in sculpture [see 'workshops' - 'wire workshop'].
  2. identify techniques used in producing sculpture using a variety of materials [eg. fibre glass rod, photography 'timelapse and techniques: installation, see also Trudi Entwistle, Rebecca Chesney, Andy Goldsworthy'].
  3. use use wire to make a sculpture based on natural forms[see 'workshops' - 'classroom wire sculpture workshop'].
  4. create a photo collage based on photographs of textures [see 'workshops' - 'classroom photography workshop'].
  5. analyse photographs of textures and make comments about why some images are more acceptable to us than others [see 'workshops' classroom photography workshop''].
  6. realise that there are contemporary artists who create art as a living and who derive their income from commissions and residencies [passim].
  7. understand the motivations behind the choice of art as a career ['questions'].
  8. understand that an artist's relationship with nature and a place can influence their work ['questions, timelapse'].
  9. to review what they and others have done, say what they think and feel about it and what they might change.
  10. to make comments about the work, showing understanding of why these materials were used.['timelapse, techniques, questions]
  11. You may find other ILOs equally or more applicable to your pupils' needs.

cross curricular
Two artists whose work is inspired by plants and science, can introduce or reinforce the following concepts:

Science KS 2
Green plants, growth and nutrition.
Science KS 2
Ideas and evidence in science.
Science KS 3
Considering evidence and evaluating.
Science KS3
Applications and implications of science.
Design Technology KS 2
Evaluating processes and products.
The Loop.pH timelapse section gives the story of the design and production of the temporary woven sculpture for the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, London. Artists Rachel Wingfield and Mathias Gmachl are followed through the process as they research and develop thier ideas through the experimental stages and culminating in installation in front of the Palm House. Rachel and Mathias are inspired by plants and the science of plants and the project was supported by the Kew Gardens and London Grid for Learning.
See also
Kew Gardens

The Loop.pH techniques section shows the stages of production of the temporary woven sculpture for the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, London. Loop.pH are artists whose work is very research based and they are seen experimenting with the shape changing metal, Nitinol. They use timelapse photography in their work as an essential part of research of plant movement but also to document their many experiments. See also
Classroom workshop
Kew Gardens
Rachel Wingfield and Mathias Gmachl filmed Influences at the Joderell research laboratory at Kew Gardens in order to discuss the background to their work but also to meet with scientists employed by The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. See also
Kew Gardens

classroom workshops
The classroom workshop is led by artist Steve Follen who worked with Wakehurst Place to devise a wire workshop suitable for Yr 7 and above. The eight one minute clips lead you through that process from the intial discussions to final sculptures.

The wire workshop uses the following materials, tools or software: 1. The wire is soft anealed wire which is available in various thicknesses. 2. Pliers 3. Goggles 4. Organic source material, seed pods or plants. 5. Some wooden dowel or pole to bend wire around 6. Hammer 
You may also find these things useful: 1. A microscope 2. A vice Tips 1. Taking the final photographs against a white or light background will make it easier to se the wire sculptures clearly. 2. Hammering the thicker wire is very noisy. See also
Lizzie Farey Classroom workshop

The Loop.pH eight questions were filmed with live audiences in London schools during 2008. Mathias Gamchl answer questions from young people in the live audience and from across the UK about his life and work and particularly the installation of the temporary sculpture for Kew. See also

other interesting sites (relating to this terms activity)
Other Interesting Sites (relating to this terms activity) www.loop.pH

Royal Botanical Gardens Kew

Millenium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place


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activity - Phototropism
Users can make a futuristic sculpture whilst
learning how plants react to the environment.

KS2 Science.
the effect of light,air, water and temperature
on plant growth.
English KS 2
Speaking and listening