Welcome to the Jupiter Artland news page. Here you can find the

latest information about our Artwork and Events, activities relating to Learning, the adventures of our termly Littlesparks and holiday Artsparks courses and our2015/2016 Poet in Residence page.
 

Jupiter Enews

To sign up to receive our regular newsletter to hear about our events, exhibitions and opportunities, fill in the form here.
 
Ratho Primary 5s test Jupiter Artland: In Minecraft 18th December 2015 / Education team Yesterday our Learning Coordinator spent the morning back at Ratho Primary School working with the wonderful Tom Flint from the Centre for Interactive Design at Edinburgh Napier University and his student Aga Banach. Aga has been working ond developing Jupiter Artland: In Minecraft - a digital version of the Jupiter environment through the popular game of Minecraft. Currently over 21 million people in the world own the Minecraft game where players work together to build and create their own worlds in an incredibly imagainative and creative way - it almost like a digital lego. We are so excited about the Jupiter Artland: In Minecraft but before we launch it in 2016 we wanted to have a group of school children, who knew the real Jupiter Artland well, test what we have come up with. With the whole school having visited earlier this year ...
Read More
Fregus' Christmas Card 17th December 2015 / Learning Team This Christmas one special boy, a long term Littlesparker and budding artist, was invited to design a Chrsitmas card for Jupiter. Inspired by his most favourite sculpture ever at Jupiter Fergus, age 6, created the most unique, beautiful and of course Christmassy rendition of Marc Quin's Lovebomb. We all thought it just made this years Jupiter Artland Christmas cards so very special and we hope you did too. Merry Christmas Everyone and Fergus- Thank you so much for making this Christmas that little bit more creative and special!
Read More
End Of Term for the Old Artsparks Class 4th December 2015 / Learning Team The last two wintery weeks a t Jupiter Artland have been filled with portraits, games of consequences, masks and even some hidden treats! To bring our term to an end we focused our last two sessions on Laura Ford’s Weeping girls; brainstorming to think about what their faces could look like. While the rain kept us indoors for a wee while we took turns experimenting with ice paints on canvas and creating washey rain drawings with markers in the freshest  of rainwater and got to put our new hairdryer to good use! Thinking about our Weeping Girls we used our imaginations to create colourful, at times, crazy portraits of the sculptures. Other indoor activities included some timed drawing exercises and real life modelling of silly faces drawings that would be later used to inspire clay masks in the final week. Colourful rain swept in at the end of term ...
Read More
Glasgow International 27th November 2015 / Exhibitions Team Two of Jupiter Artland’s own, Tessa Lynch and Mika Rottenberg have been chosen for the recently announced programme of the 7th edition of Glasgow International taking place in April next year. The festival will see over 200 local and international artists exhibit their work at over 57 venues across the city.

Tessa Lynch’s work, which explores the emotional impact and power of the built environment, has been specially commissioned for the festival and will be on display at GoMA in a solo exhibition of sculptures, installations, performance and sounds works.

Chosen as part of the Director’s Programme group exhibition, Mika Rottenberg will display a video installation focusing on truths about labour, inequity and consumer desire. Her work often focuses on consumerism and provokes the audience to consider human value in an age of commodity culture. The Director’s programme will focus on Glasgow and ...
Read More
Mud Slides A-Plenty and Last Day of Term 27th November 2015 / Learning Team It’s true that our Littlesparks are not so little any more- as every week we watch them grow and grow…as do their wonderful tales! One story this week included a very grumpy crocodile that went all the way to France to meet his friend Elsa who managed to cheer him up. For the last week of Littleparks there were a few special treats including an indoor den,a special tree for Julie and Christmas treats and sweets. Indoor activities included some beautiful nature wands that moved so quickly and with such magical powers it was impossible to capture in a photograph! And not only that but it was really muddy outside so that meant we got to make… MUD SLIDES…which was perfect for running around outside with our Friday Kites! As we have had Julie helping every week with class we thought it would be nice to give some thing ...
Read More
Lots Of Layers and Clay Babies 26th November 2015 / Learning Team Our Woodland Littlesparks were ready for the cold this week! Armed with some self-made handwarmers, we ventured out into the wild, with a skip in our step and a LOT of layers. Today, we were foraging for leaves to thread, and the perfect stick to hang our creations on. Our cosy gang led the way, through puddles and down mud slides, to the 'Story Tree', where everyone enjoyed a hot chocolate, a biscuit and a great autumnal story. Even the squirrels were left a little biscuit, when the children decided to share the crumbs with their forest friends.
Energy levels topped up, the next stop was the 'Story Train', which was deftly boarded despite the wet conditions. Some of the children chose to work with clay, bringing clay 'babies' to life on the forest floor, while others busied themselves threading the beautiful leaves we found or drilling holes ...
Read More
Tania Kovats at Somerset House 20th November 2015 / Exhibitions Team To mark 50 years of the National Trust's dedicated programme to care for the coasts of Britain, Trust New Art, the National Trust’s contemporary arts programme, launched an online exhibition, One and All, at nationaltrust.org.uk/oneandall alongside a physical installation at Somerset House.

The exhibition is an immersive digital experience that invites visitors to take an evocative journey around shores in Britain and features work by Jupiter Artland’s own Tania Kovats.

Kovats’ work, Tide, for One and All is a digital tidal map of the UK that tracks high tide in real time. The map was made by collecting tidal information from all the measuring points around the UK which was then  uploaded to the digital drawings. The tidal map is only online, but a large bell cast by the artist on a Cornish beach will be rung at Somerset House to mark the ...
Read More
A MADD Day at South Morningside Primary 20th November 2015 / Education Team For the past few weeks we have had nearly the entire Southmorningside primary school through our gates for a tour, explore and (some) workshops. Each class arrived full of energy, ideas and most importantly prepped for an outdoor art adventure! The premise of these visits had a very specific outlook as SMP wanted to use Jupiter Artland as a source of inspiration for their Music, Art, Dance, Drama day. Whole school engagement projects such as this are a delight for us, in particular when we are lucky enough to be invited to the final performance. This gives us the opportunity to see how just how well the students have responded to each of the artworks back in school and out of the Jupiter Artland context and also draws attention to the importance of creativity within schools.
The variety of art forms on display at the MADD day was ...
Read More
Storm Abigail and the Woodland Littlesparks 16th November 2015 / Education Team So we really felt the impact of Storm Abigail at Woodland Littlesparks last Friday with the weather presenting our forest explorers with new challenges. We had great fun discovering the best things about storms - muddy puddles for jumping and splashing in! We even found some snails to go swimming in our muddy puddle river before running up and down, up and down the mud slide at the "Falling Man Spaceship". We made it as far as "Story Tree" and read a new story about a boy who pretends his stick is a dinosaur, which inspired us to find the most dinosaur-like stick we could find. After this we all decided we were just too cold and wet and as it was too damp to light a fire outside we headed back to the Arthut where we created our own cave under the tables using our outdoor shelter kit. ...
Read More
A-Big-Gale isn’t enough to stop our Creativity! 13th November 2015 / Learning Team A few indestructible artsparks braved the less than lovely weather, deified Storm Abigale and came to Jupiter Artland! A smaller class than usual allowed us to experiment with creating a series of different works, that focused on dexterity, motor skills and some thrown in dance moves. Though the weather may have forced us more indoors than what we wanted and deined us a visit to our artspark’s favourite sculpture: Anya Gallacio’s The Light that Pours Out of Me- it had no effect on stopping our creativity-so we decided to make our own crystals! Other activities also included indoor Nature Weaving and willow-frame making, drawing goodbye cards for our classroom assistant Alice and our innovative artsparks even found new creative ways to use a hair dryer and of course the OUtdoor activites included building magical fires and,of course, stick storm shelters!
 
Read More
Not-So-Littlesparks... 13th November 2015 / Learning Team With the recent weather changes we have decided to stay slightly more indoors with Littlesparks- so that means- LOADS more activities! As the weeks have been rolling by and we are almost close the end of term it has been amazing watching these Littlesparks grow up right before our very eyes. One personal favourite from the past few weeks at Littlesparks was the return of the Stone House Orchestra.This was re-invented by the children as they decided to turn all their threading of leaves, bottle tops and beads into musical instruments! Giving different children the opportunity to conduct we learned that not only do sticks make great instruments but we also learned how to breathe deeply form our bellies to help our singing and how to tell our orchestra to play really loudly or really softly without using any words at all. Other indoor activites from the last three ...
Read More
Jupiter at Christmas Markets 13th November 2015 / Jupiter Team Over the summer the Jupiter Artland Shop was a whirlwind of activity with kids loving our treasure bags, amethysts, toys and, of course, sweeties, and grown-ups enjoying our fantastic range of books and arty homeware. If you had your eye on something that you didn’t buy, you should check out our online shop where many of our lines have been added to our big end-of-season SALE. It’s never too late to pick up a bargain!
You can also catch us at several Christmas markets this year. We will have a stall at the annual Cargilfield Christmas Fair on Friday 20th November, 12pm – 7pm. The fair is only £2 entry and raises funds for The Sick Kids Foundation, The Teapot Trust, and Yard. Grab a mince pie, some mulled wine, and come and say hi.
Click here for the leaflet
...
Read More
Leaf Angels, Nature Pictures and Gambados 7th November 2015 / Education team On this week's session we had great fun really focusing on the changes that have been happening in our forest due to the autumnal weather. We listened and watched the trees "raining" leaves and tried to catch them, we created leaf angels and even buried 2 of our Littlesparks deep under the leaves nestling them so they were safe and warm. Our woodland adventurers knew all about the changing colours of the leaves and loved listening to our story of Leaf Man at the story tree. Inspired by his journey they collected their own leaves in zip pockets and created their own pictures of their Leaf Men (and Leaf Twins Topsy and Tim) onto cardboard with double sided tape. They have really developed a curiosity for the woods and have been drawn to climbing and playing at different trees - we named one the Airplane Tree, as it looked ...
Read More
Mark-making, Mud Painting and A Secret Den 6th November 2015 / Learning Team This week at Artsparks we experimented with a new class structure. First we called all the gang in and immediately asked them to focus on the one task; which was to cover a A2 page in as many different mark making techniques they could imagine, using a variety of materials including brushes, leaves, bottle tops, twigs and cardboard. Two little inventors even took it so far as to go and make their own mud paint! A most definite gold star for creativity and resourcefulness! Outside we had a gigantic piece of paper all ready, waiting to be attacked by paint-which most certainly did get attacked with gusto! Here at Jupiter we love this sort of play as it brings all the ages together and gets them to think about working/ spraying paint everywhere… collaboratively. While our artworks dried we went off on an adventure of the back woods looking ...
Read More
It's Raining Leaves! 3rd November 2015 / Learning Team Autumn offers us an abundance of new things to play with and new colours to look at- it's a beautiful time of year and our Littlesparks agree too! As we ran about the garden catching the falling leaves form the trees with our hats. One Littlesparker even created his own song about raining leaves whilst another magically got transformed into a leaf digger truck. This of course had a ripple effect and we were all turned into Leaf Digger Trucks! But thankfully we noticed some strange outlines on the ground.. and all the boys and girls returned to their  childlike selves and examined theses mysterious shapes-they must have been left by Leaf faeries napping on a carpet Autumn leaves... what a magical place Jupiter Artland can be.





 
Read More
Wooden Words and a Long Walk 30th October 2015 / Learning Team Despite the looming black clouds we of course managed to have a great autumnal and damp day at Jupiter Artland. Today we were lucky enough to have a new friend and a helper Cressie who not only helped us make our Halloween pine cone bats but also started up a group singsong in the classroom! Sadly there was no photographic evidence of the bats as they were just fluttering too fast to capture on film!  Today’s theme was all about our senses and words and during our saunter in the back woods, inspired by the artist Richard Long, we played a game of art-freeze but at each ‘freezing moment’ we had to write a word or a drawing of one thing we can see  or hear. After most Artparks had their turn as the Freezing Ice Captains, we returned to our classroom, armed with words, pictures and pine-cones. Two ...
Read More
Rainy days and Shelters 30th October 2015 / Education Team As we returned for a break after half term we had our proper first rainy day challenge. Our Woodland Littlesparks were not detereed however and raced into the woods stopping at our usual places. At the story tree we all helped build a shelter to keep us warm and dry from the rain and tucked into our hot chocolate and biscuits. For the first time we walked the whole circle of the backwoods and our wee ones now have a full sense of ownership and pride over their environment and their special place. Due to Halloween taking place the next day we used clay to make monster faces directly onto the trees and spun some spooky webs by the giant's web.
Read More
Mid-term Artparks: The Tidal Wave Team, the Blocker and The Soggy River 21st October 2015 / Education Team What adventures and stories were had at our SECOND October Artsparks holiday course? So may I almost don’t know where to start. The theme of today’s course was inspired by writing, acrostic poems and of course...autumn! We began our day by making our very own sketchbooks. Filling them with blank pages, colourful pages, old story book pages and bound them all together with pipe-cleaners.  Books at the ready and armed with pencils for drawing we took off on our tour of Jupiter Artland.
 
During our preamble we stopped at what we called the ABC of sculptures: A for Antony Gormley, B for a Bumpy House and C for the (gargantuan) Cage; and did a bit of sketching. Whilst finishing our drawings we asked our wee ones to write down (or draw) the first five words that came to their minds ...
Read More
October Woodland Artsparks 15th October 2015 / Education Team Despite the chill we had a wonderful day in the woods for our Holiday Woodland Artsparks. The day started off with some beautiful free play whereby magical woodland wands were created as well as a most considerate and muddy Bug Hotel! We all got together at the tree-stump circle, introduced ourselves to our woodland friends by playing the name game and together all had a mini-risk assessment of what we need to be careful of in the woods, things like nettles, holes and... rainbow tigers! As we set off an our adventures we brought on our persons pestles and mortars for berry squishing and paint making, rope ( for tree swings), wind shelters and the ever important marshmallows for toasting! Though we will never understand where the time goes during these wonderful woodland holiday artsparks. As we begin each session at the circle we also end the day at ...
Read More
The Triangular Art Exhibition at Holiday Artsparks 14th October 2015 / Education Team What a great and triangular start to our first midterm October Holiday Artsparks! It amazes us all here at Jupiter Artland just how many  artworks your creative experts can achieve in just one day! So much work was produced that we even decided to have our own mini exhibition. We started off our day by creating our own sketchbooks that we then took with us for a walk to visit the new permanent sculpture, a Separation in the Evening (A Celestial Blossom before the Orange House), by Glasgow based artist Sara Barker. This sculpture was our starting point and inspiration for all the artworks made today. We began by doing some drawing exercises and even incorporated a game of musical chairs into one of the exercises! We then walked over one of the Life Mounds and back to class to begin making our colourful foil artworks and ...
Read More
Load 20 more posts