The workshops were run over a week with up to two classes in a day, the classes were accompanied by the teachers and support staff who stood back and let the children get on with it. I proposed a question to the children before they began on the large reel of paper i put before them, ‘what would you like to change about your playtime’. I thought this would spark some thoughts about experiences rather than ‘things’.

These workshops were a opportunity for the whole school to say what they wanted to change about their playtime.

These workshops were an opportunity for the whole school to say what they wanted to change about their playtime.

The imagery that i was left with after each workshop was just, beautiful. The contrasting colours and mark-making was so uninhibited and ‘in the moment’, you could see how how the flow of the creativity keeps going when looking at the children at work. They are absorbed and it made the teachers appreciate that they NEED this time in amongst the pressures of working in the classroom. Some of the children had tests on one of the days i was there and they said they felt so good after painting that when they went back to class to do their test they felt great.

The artwork was used in The Playtime Exhibition (see next post) to show parents and siblings how important the playground and time they have to play outside is to them and the school as a whole. The head, John Snell wanted a stronger ‘play culture’ within the school and him and the staff were keen to make changes.

I designed a way of showing the work in which made it interactive, the design enabled the children and visitors to wander around the long peices and see the front and back of the ‘walls’. The wall was at child’s eye level so the parents would have to get down to view the work and be shown by their children which bit was theirs.

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