Evelise Millet conducted workshops with the first and last year SAPAT (Service to the person) classes of the Fontenelles high school from February 22 to 26 and from March 22 to 26, and with the apprentice painters and tilers of the CFA Vauban from March 1 to 5 and from June 21 to 25.
During the first week of the residency at the Lycée des Fontenelles, several workshops were offered to the two classes, with the idea of care as a central element of the SAPAT program. By calling on memories or by summoning their knowledge, both written and oral, they put together with Evelise a list of words, notions and concepts around the idea of taking care and the posture of the caregiver. These words accompanied them throughout the residency and were used to conduct drawing workshops, photographs of four-handed gestures, etc.
To help the students approach drawing, Evelise suggested they create drawing tools. Using simple ideas about the senses, textures and touch, the students drew simple patterns and lines in order to create cut-out normographs at the Fablab des fabriques in Besançon. A vocabulary of forms was thus collectively constituted.
These words allowed the creation of drawings according to specific constraints (compositions, repetitions, accumulation, etc.), in different formats and with different tools.
This method of drawing was used in the kitchen during the presentation on May 27, where the normographs were replaced by cookie cutters and pastry cutters.
The students’ drawings took shape through different media: tablecloths, cloth napkins, cookies, postcards, flags, signs.
During the residencies at the CFA Vauban, the apprentices and Evelise have approached the uses and the circulations which are played within the establishment: the passages and the places of conviviality and life. They replayed the daily routes of the apprentices, following a typical schedule.
They proposed a fresco project on the facade of the boarding school, which has a faceted profile that makes it singular and very visual. Echoing the installation “Arrière-paysage”, (palisade exhibited in rural areas in 2015, taking up the lenticular principle), they worked to reproduce this kinetic effect on the facade of the building.
They selected three student routes, each representing a morning trip and a second during the afternoon. By determining precise points of view on the ground, the apprentices transferred the paths onto the different facets of the building, creating anamorphoses.
These workshops were conducted within the framework of the “Artistes plasticiens au lycée” program proposed by the Burgundy-Franche-Comté Region. Through this program – and with the partnership of the DRAC and the DRAAF – the Regional Council of Franche-Comté aims to arouse the curiosity and encourage the initiatives of high school students by meeting artists and discovering places of creation and artistic dissemination.
Three approaches are approached during the residency: the encounter with a work through the discovery of a creative process, the artistic and cultural practice and the construction of an aesthetic judgment. Having begun with a visit to Bien Urbain, the objective is to bring the students to discover the field of urban arts, as much through sensitivity as through practice.
Evelise Millet is a versatile artist and editor involved in the Bisonne art scene. With a background of work, she is attached to landscapes and the appearance of the image in the urban space. Her practice navigates between drawing, photography and installation, which she also develops during educational workshops and hybrid editorial projects.