School of Creativity 2012
The Creative Partnership and School of Creativity programme ended in July 2011. The exciting experiences and projects from the past two years have left a lasting legacy, upon which we are keen to build. So, in school at present we are involved with: -
A Special Schools Network with the Orchard School (Sandwell) and Willow School (Green Park). We are planning to explore movement and sound with KS2 pupils from each school, working with artist George Roden Clark. He creates large interactive pieces using projections and music which are activated by the movement of plastic rods. Students will be involved in workshops to create sounds and images for the installation. The will be a small scale installation in each school for a month so that everyone can experience what the final piece will be like – the work is very multi sensory. The Mander Centre will provide a space for the final piece and for an exhibition of the work leading up to it. We will be inviting everyone to the opening!
Lisa Gunn, the artist who led the Unlocked Photography Project, has been in school for 2 days working with KS3 as part of their Project Based Learning on Identity. Pupils have learned about her work and how self-portraits can be more than a picture. They have worked alongside a disabled artist who explores the themes of damage, healing and physicality. Lisa will leave us with many images for the pupils to edit and print.
Further development of Music Therapy which has become an important part of the Early Years Curriculum.
Completing the Film Project (Boogie Bug). We ran out of time at the end of the summer, but will be working again with Sian MacFarlane to do final edits and to develop staff expertise with new technology. We will let everyone know when the film is ready for viewing.
The Young Promoters Scheme, which was very successful last year – those of you who came to see Circus Berserkus will remember what a good night it was. We are hoping to repeat the experience with a different class and part two of the show.
Further development of Land Based Studies, working with Ian Goddard who has successfully applied for funding for a “Grow your own Food” project. Students in the 16-19 department will be growing their own fruit and veg!
All of these activities run alongside many out of school experiences such as the theatre, concerts and sensory playground visits.
If you have any ideas for activities to enhance our creative curriculum or brilliant ideas for fund raising money to bring new artists and new experiences into school, please let us know!