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Kids school and holiday art clubs

The Art of Change: What, How and Should we? – day 1

In this Half Term’s art course, children alongside artist Sarah Carne have been getting just a little bit political in the lead up to the General Election.

We have been using art to help children find their voice, explore how decisions have consequences and how they can make a difference in the world.

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We have found out that good art delivers a message and that it can be hard to discover what we have to say and how we can say it through our work. Working as a team can hep us to develop this message.DSC_0004

We began the morning with some high energy games that involved making simple decisionsDSC_0007

We continued by brainstorming through words and pictures a list of things that we like. DSC_0020DSC_0016 DSC_0017 DSC_0018 DSC_0019DSC_0021

We combined these thoughts into a master list of our favourite things – this would form a starting point for exploring limits, boundaries, decisions and consequences.DSC_0023 DSC_0027


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We had some long discussions around why too much of what we like can often be a bad thing, causing bad decisions and difficult consequences. For example we unanimously agreed that too many sweets was a bad thing and our parents were correct to limit them, and surprisingly that parents were right to limit screen time!

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We went on to discuss the aim of the workshop: to make a game that explored decisions we come across during our lives and how these decisions  have consequences. We began by making the board.
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Factory style, we worked together to paint 100 red and white squares. We enjoyed chatting together while we revelled in the paint in a lighthearted atmosphere after the meaty discussions we had just begun!DSC_0035 DSC_0037 DSC_0047 DSC_0050 DSC_0053 DSC_0059

Some of us got quite tactile with the paint as we explored many different ways to apply paint to a surface!DSC_0061 DSC_0063 DSC_0066

Our painted squares dried in the sunshine ready to add numbers.DSC_0067 DSC_0069

After lunch we got down to some more meaty discussions. We spoke more about decisions and consequences covering issues as diverse as playing fairly, breaking rules, the use of technology in the home, owning a pet and moving to a new country.
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Children worked in groups to brainstorm 5 things they thought their parents would change about their lives at home and 5 things they would change. These ideas would form the basis of questions that will form part of our snakes and ladders game.DSC_0075 DSC_0076

This was a hard activity and proved to the children that art can be difficult, explore complex ideas and that asking questions is something artists do all the time. We had lots of really interesting discussions while we developed the questions for our game.DSC_0078 DSC_0079 DSC_0081 DSC_0086 DSC_0088 DSC_0091

It was definitely time for some more painting!

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We worked out a simple system to decide which numbers would be red and which white and got to work with our own set of numbers.

DSC_0093We chose simple bold designs, embellished with patterns.DSC_0095 DSC_0096 DSC_0097 DSC_0100 DSC_0102 DSC_0103 DSC_0104 DSC_0109 DSC_0110

As they went out in the sun to dry we began ordering them and checking back to see if we had all the numbers we needed for a board game.DSC_0111 DSC_0116 DSC_0117 DSC_0118 DSC_0120 DSC_0122

We now had a board ready to join together!DSC_0125

Tomorrow we will make snakes that will ask those all important questions.DSC_0126

For a final activity we made some placards exploring some of the ideas raised in our discussions. The brief was to think of something we would campaign for that would change the world for the better!DSC_0127 DSC_0129 DSC_0130 DSC_0131 DSC_0132 DSC_0134 DSC_0135 DSC_0136We are looking forward to tomorrow to continue developing and finally playing our game – we hope our parents will be there to play with us  - but will they make the right decisions?

 

To see how the game developed click DAY 2

 

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