During day 2 of our Half Term Course – The Art of Change, our game based on decisions and consequences really started to take shape.
After designing the game board itself and having lots of discussions about decisions and consequences it was time to think more about the questions we were asking. In an argument there are always two extremes, but a lot of nuances to a good debate. We played some more games to think about the grey areas in the middle.
Children had to position themselves on a sliding scale of where they stood on certain issues that they chose themselves – from, if they enjoyed school, to which colours they liked, whether children should be allowed to do whatever they like and whether technology was a good or bad thing!!
They had to explain why they had chosen to stand where they did. This helped us to devise the questions we would ask for our board game. We were encouraging children to think about the big and small ideas that affected their lives.
We had been alternating big thinking activities with making ones to help the children understand that really good conceptual art has a strong idea behind it.
It was then back to those big questions. We learnt how to devise a decision tree, to make sure our questions worked. The idea was to ask our parents questions about the things that meant a lot to us. We had to see how the decisions we made had various consequences and put ourselves in other peoples shoes to see which decisions were good ones.
Time for more making!
We had to remind ourselves what a net for a cube looked like, piece it together and fold it up – a little bit of maths!
Very satisfying when it worked!
We had to negotiate a giant thunderstorm and move all our work inside….Just in the nick of time!
We invited our parents to play!
We had made a really good piece of Art. It involved some serious thinking, and planning, some great making and the sharing of skills and ideas. We used lots of different materials and touched on many different disciplines and subjects. It helped us think about things from different perspectives, it looked GREAT – and most importantly – we hope it changed our minds about a few things! Isn’t that the importance of art after all!
If you are interested in the kind of work we have been exploring and how art can make a difference in society, Sarah is currently showing a piece of work work at Tate Modern.
You are Welcome is a participatory event devised by artist Sarah Carne at Tate Modern that is asking people to consider how can art make a difference to people’s lives and society. In a collective gathering of evidence people are being invited to share a story from a time in their life when art made a difference and contribute their ideas and experiences to a growing display. Stories can be drawn, written, contributed to a sound wall, mapped on the world and voted about on a twenty foot wall. They can also be contributed online a
Closing on Sunday 11th June this weekend is the final opportunity to add your stories.
You are Welcome
Tate Exchange, Level 5, Tate Modern
Thursday – Sunday 12.00 – 18.00 runs until 11th June.