Public Art in Schools can consist of creative writing workshops, drama and visual art. The results of the workshops are used either to inspire the final art or become part of the Public Art. Sometimes I work with Creative Writer Maria Whatton, See www.seeingstories.com Children are taken on magical journeys into their own locality. Other journeys may be the Land of Mini Beasts and even World Wars. For example at the Willows Primary School, children used collage. The children invented insects and small animals that they imagined may be hidden in corners, or beneath the surfaces of the school. The process used in creating digital images is very similar to collage, allowing children to understand the basics of digital imaging. At another Primary School, I collaborated with a variety of other artists including dancers and story tellers. We recreated stories told fromthe older people in the community about WW2. Children created ‘frozen pictures’ after acting out WW2 scenarios, which were then incorporated into the floor design for the new IT room.
What Can Public Art Do?
Public Art in Schools can be used to encourage creativity. The images created for schools can also be educational. Maths and Literacy can be used in the work, as can mini beasts, healthy eating, flora and fauna. Workshops can be tailored to ask children to explore their local area with cameras or create collages. If you are interested in a Public Art Work for your school I would be happy to come and meet with you to discuss your needs, please do not hesitate to contact me.