Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Preparing for Workshop

Before myself and Mia could begin to plan our workshop we needed to find out the p levels the children in Class 7 work at in the form of the p scales. The p scales are used for children studying below the national curriculum. There are different activities in art and design suited to the children needs. My learning their p scales we can plan a workshop tailored to the children's individual needs, so what they can have the best learning experience. Mia emailed the teacher to ask the questions we had. 

“Dear Louise,
Hello, I was one of the Brit School students observing your morning lessons with Class 7 at Red Gates School today. It was such a good experience to witness how a lesson was run and the process of delivering art workshops to the children and how they differ from other primary schools.
I would like to ask a few questions before me Ellie begin to create ideas for workshops for the children:
1.What are the ability levels for the children of Class 7? I am aware that the school use P scales to measure the ability of the children and it would be helpful to know that myself so we can begin to think of workshops which keep that in mind.
2.Is it okay if we take photographs in lessons we direct? We would only take photographs of the work they have produced and the process but not involving faces, eg. over the shoulders, focusing on the hands and what they’re doing with different materials and paints.
Thank you for your time,
Mia Cook”

“Hello Mia and Ellie,
Thank you for your message Mia.
It was lovely to meet you both and I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed seeing the children working and observing our art and music lessons.
In response to your questions, the level that the children are working at are mostly around P4. However there is one  child who is working at P2ii.
Your suggestion about taking anonymous photos, with no faces showing, is in line with our policy so yes it is fine for you to take photos of the children’s work or their hands or back of their heads in creating the process of artwork. Thank you for understanding and respecting this.
Please feel free to forward any other questions in the mean time,
I look forward to hearing your ideas.
Thank you and kind regards,

“Hello Louise,
It was lovely to meet you too as it was a very informative lesson.
What type of activities work best with your class specifically because currently, me and Ellie are looking at mark making or interactive workshops were they could make their own (safe) tools such as using a feather or something else safe and friendly to use to paint to create different marks.
Ware still he eating ideas so any feedback on our ideas would be appreciated so we can adapt to your preferences.
Thank you,

“Hi Mia,
That sounds lovely. Our main aim is to give children choices so that they are making decisions as their means of expression, so choices of their own tools, the colour and size of paper, the actual media used- eg. paint/ chalk/ crayons etc, without  offering them too many things as that also overloads them. Getting the balance right is important.  Also, encouraging them to watch simple demonstrations and for them to imitate by performing simple actions also really helps.
Kind regards,
We found at the children's p levels so now we can plan out workshop. 

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