School Residencies

Owl drawing

Owl Wildlife Drawing

Spring 2018, Hackney New School, London

A project with Wildlife Drawing. The year 10 class spent an afternoon at Riva Studios drawing owls. 

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It is all a matter of perspective RIVA

IT IS ALL A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE

Autumn 2014, Deptford Park Primary School, Deptford, London

RIVA worked with year 5 at Deptford primary school .They were taking part in Inspire 10 a group art show of Southwark schools that exhibited at Cafe Gallery, Southwark Park, February 2015. The class led by artist Claire Blundell jones  and choreographer Katy Pendlebury. looked at their local environment through the eyes of endangered species.

Angels Riva

ANGELS - MESSENGERS

Spring 2014, Hanover Primary School, Islington, London

The year 5 class learned about angels in different religions and about their role as messengers, guardian spirits and protectors. The work was very much influenced by the beautiful space and architectural features of The Old Church, Stoke Newington: every child visited the church and worked there .In addition to visual art, children worked with a choreographer to create a dance, others studied a song by B. Britten with a musician and performed and recorded it. The third group made guardian angel installations to protect endangered species.

The children together with Deborah Law and Sophia Jones made a film of the intimate spaces in the church and the angel like presences.

In May 2014 RIVA organised a small workshop to the same theme with children from St Mary’s Primary School, Stoke Newington.

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Urban wildlife Riva

Urban Wildlife

Autumn 2013, Deptford Park Primary School, Deptford, London

Part of Cluster 3, art project exploring bee mythology and the waggle dance. The work was shown at the Cafe Gallery, Southwark Park in February 2014.

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The Bee Museum Riva

The Bee Museum

Summer 2013, Hanover Primary School, Islington, London

A collaborative art and dance project with year 5 children, looking at the role of the honeybee in our world.

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i De Sign my Space Riva

I (De) Sign my Space

Spring 2013, Nightingale Primary School, Hackney, London

The Year 5 children involved in this project created work around their personal memories and experiences at school.

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The Journals of (Imagined) Identity Riva

The Journals of (imagined) Identity

Summer 2012, Southwold Primary School, Hackney, London

The project has been designed for Year 6 children, reflecting them leaving primary school on their path towards secondary school and adult life. The metaphorical and physical ‘journey’ of each student’s identity was explored by simultaneously working in a group dynamic to create a ‘collective identity’.

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Art in a suitcase Riva

Art in a Suitcase

Spring 2012, Nightingale Primary School, Hackney, London

During the project the children reflected on journeys they have done themselves through paintings, movement, songs and designing a suitcase of their own: the suitcase was a coming together of travel and self and helped to explore memories, place, connections and time.

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Magic Lantern Riva

Magic Lantern

Autumn 2011, Northwold Primary School, Hackney, London

During the dark November days this project contrasted the storytelling of Victorian Magic Lanterns with contemporary digital animation: personal and nature stories as well as ghostly images came to life.

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Inset Day for Teaching Staff Riva

Inset Day for Teaching Staff

Autumn 2011, Northwold Primary School, Hackney, London

Prior to the project ‘Magic Lantern’ at Northwold Primary School in November 2011, RIVA run an inset day for teaching staff at the same school, titled ‘Structures in Nature’.

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Numbers around us Riva

Numbers around us

Summer 2011, London Fields Primary School, Hackney, London

The project revealed how numbers are all around us and how they determine our lives: they are to be found in nature, define ratios in visual art and architecture and give structure to choreography and music.

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Animal Spirits Riva

Animal Spirits

Summer 2010, William Patten Primary School, Stoke Newington, London

With ‘Animal Spirits’ RIVA looked at the ongoing significance of animals in contemporary life and the change in relationship to them in childhood. The inspiration came from the prevalence of animals in shop signage in Stoke Newington Church.

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Inset Day for Teaching Staff 2010 Riva

Inset Day for Teaching Staff

Spring 2010, Hanover Primary School, Islington, London

The objective of the inset day was to give teaching staff an insight into a broad range of two- and tree-dimensional techniques which could then be used with the children.

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Paradise Gardens Riva

Paradise Gardens

Summer 2009, Hanover Primary School, Islington, London

In this project RIVA aimed to explore with children the creation of a contemplative space that celebrated a relationship with nature.

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The Forest is our Supermarket

THE FOREST IS OUR SUPERMARKET

Summer 2008, William Patten Primary School, Stoke Newington, London

The title is inspired from work done by ‘survival international’ to support indigenous peoples. In keeping with RIVA’s core beliefs, the residency we were offering had an environmental theme. RIVA explored the contrast between an indigenous personʼs experience of the land and our own societyʼs experience of land.

The children looked at art that uses natural forms, symbols and art that encourages contemplation. One of the preparatory workshops took place in Highgate Woods, giving the children an insight into the richness of a woodland’s wildlife for foraging. They also heard stories of indigenous life in a Sami tent.

The project culminated in an  installation on the school roof which made a structure from the recyclable rubbish generared over a week by the school.
 

An important aim was that the children would locate the part in themselves that is unique and can be a source of individual creativity. We hoped the children would gain greater creative independence and also awareness of the natural world they live in.

The project was experienced both individually and collectively.

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