Sticky Day was an 8 week long project which culminated in a festival held in March 2015. The entire process was designed, executed and hosted by children aged 6-11 participating in Sticky Art Lab's after school program. The project was an opportunity to collaboratively determine shared values as a group and to celebrate those values through the creative process.
The premise of the project was posing a question to the children: if you could invent a holiday that celebrated Sticky Art Lab, what would you want it to include?
Our process consisted of:
-Discussions around what Sticky Art Lab means to the children, then as a group determining some shared values;
-Discussing symbols and how they are used, then brainstorming and deciding on art projects which symbolized these shared values;
-Creating these symbolic art pieces as components of the festival/celebration;
-Running the celebration as a team;
-Discussing the festival after it was over;
-Dismantling and recycling the artwork once the festival was finished.
Symbols and Mythology
As a group the children discussed and determined some shared values about Sticky Art Lab: freedom of expression, politeness, the importance of generosity and sharing, and the cycle of creativity. These symbols took the form of two major art projects.
One project involved the creation of a parade float in the form of a large octopus (the “Stickypus”). The octopus was chosen as a symbol of creativity and ability with its many arms. Therefore, the Stickypus created by the children held small works of art and tools for painting and drawing in its many hands. This float was also a pinata which was broken open at the festival.
Another symbol they created was the Pie God, a large cardboard face with an wide open mouth through which the children took turns serving pie. In order to receive pice, each guest had to utter the magic words, and said “please” and “thank you”.
Through the discussion, creation, celebration and finally destruction/recycling of the artwork, a mythology evolved around the lives and deaths of the symbols chosen for Sticky Day (the Stickypus and Pie God). This tradition has continued with artworks created in subsequent years (Sticky Day was celebrated for the 3rd year in a row in 2017).
All photos Suzi Garner / Sticky Art Lab
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Experimenting with The Pie God
Sticky Day parade