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.
Here’s an amazing idea for recording pupils painting with light as they perform movements wearing LED light bracelets on their wrists and ankles in a dark space. The images are recorded using a camera with a long exposure setting.
This idea is inspired by the artists Gjon Mili who used long shutter speeds to photograph athletes, artists and musicians holding lights, and Buzzy Sullivan who photographed a lighted skateboard.
Read a detailed account of how to create similar photos on Amy Schleser’s blog. Amy has some great ideas about how to use this technique to analyse everyday movements, and has included some worksheets, examples and a printable ‘how to’ booklet.