Creating immersive sensory experiences around a theme!
This session explored cheap and effective ways of creating multi sensory environments for visual and sound stimulation using portable dark and white rooms. We experimented with a wealth of light and sound equipment, create images using luminous paint, and project sensory iPad apps and video onto 3D objects. The aim was to create controllable experiential activities that encourage engagement and interaction for all learners, and to think about creative ways of theming these. We have been inspired by the work of Richard Hirstwood: http://youtu.be/ihMSw8BIXF4 and http://youtu.be/PkIKpOn7y98.
In the slideshows below children from Rowan Gate School, Portugal and Ireland used our multi sensory light equipment, iPads and the portable darkroom to manipulate photos and create abstract images as part of their Smart Through Art Comenius project exploring art across disciplines. They used the apps Rollworld, Fragment and Be Funky.
In our November meeting we explored at how we could use the visual programming language Scratch to create interactive art. One of the key approaches to computing is to remix and reuse, rather than always start from scratch, so to speak, and so there is much to be gained from modifying existing computing projects.
Helen shared this collection of coding and art Scratch projects that we explored in the session.
We also looked at resources from Barefoot Computing on drawing crystal flowers and thought about how these might link with analysing Rangoli, Islamic or Celtic patterns, as well as with aspects of the maths curriculum.
Activity: Explore the notion of action painting with your class looking at the work of the abstract expressionists: blow, drip, flick, roll and dance with your paint across large and small papers, boards and canvases. Build up multiple layers, explore the relationship between the world of colour and emotion and experience the practices of the great abstract expressionist painters.
Then explore this in a digital sense, use a range of paint applications- sketchbook pro, art rage, brushes- what digital abstract works can you create? Explore the best iPad apps.
Key Questions: Which experience was the most rewarding? Why? Why do you think there are a lot of artists now using digital media? What have you learnt about the abstract expressionists? How does colour link to emotion? What is the value of using different painting effects? Why did the abstract expressionists create art in this way?
Next meeting: Oct 22nd 2014 University of Northampton
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