An example of training, workshops and Insets I can deliver please call or email to discuss how these can be best tailored to suit the needs of your setting.
Hands on Clay
‘Clay reigns supreme as the richest and most marvellous toy possible…Clay is something that is nothing, but which can be anything and everything.’ Reggio Children Francesco Tonucci.
Clay is an open ended resource rich in possibilities. This workshop will provide guidance on buying and storing clay. Introduce key experiences and skills with an opportunity to explore and manipulate the clay. Discover how used regularly clay can enrich and develop design, mathematical, language, and problem solving skills.
Investigating Light, Shadow and Colour as a provocation for learning with Young Children.
The workshop will look at children’s fascinations and explorations into light, shadow and colour. With practical activities and opportunities to explore resources; such as torches, the overhead projector and light through water as tools for creative expression, to provoke scientific enquiry and their potential to transform environments.
Materials and Process: Creating Sculptures with Young Children.
‘What comes first the material or the idea?’ Materials and Objects Tate Modern
This workshop looks at how children transform everyday materials and objects to create sculptures. With practical activities to explore resources, tools and techniques. Introducing artists’ creative practise and sculptures that have parallels to the children’s learning process and how to use artworks as a provocation with young children.
Looking at inventive ways in which artists from around the world use diverse materials. With a commitment to the natural world we aim to use as many natural and recycled materials as possible.
The Language of Photography: Exploring Digital Photography with Young Children.
Digital photography increasingly has become a significant and valued tool for working creatively with young children.
Children’s photography is fascinating and full of surprises. Children have a unique view of the world. Children are curious; they naturally use the camera to look from different viewpoints, they experiment. Photography enables young children to explore and communicate their ideas about the world, their interests, feelings, schemas, preoccupations and more.
We have found that photography breaks down language barriers. It is a great tool for bringing together different age groups, building relationships; with each other, their local environment and the surrounding communities.
The session introduces the possibilities of using digital photography as a creative tool with young children and a practical activity ‘Finding magic in the everyday’ exploring the use of cameras as a creative tool .
The Language of Film: Exploring Digital Filmmaking with Young Children.
This workshop will introduce how children use the camera as a creative tool to explore their environment with an opportunity for practitioners to collaborate and create their own films.
How can the children develop agency how they interpret decode and question the multi media world of images that surround them?
Digital media, moving image is central to our culture. Children are keen to understand their world around them and learn the ways that moving images achieve their effects.
Freedom of Expression: The children are able to pursue their individual enquiry; they film their fascinations, friends, significant places and spaces. We observe that they decode and re enact their experiences we see them making sense of the films or moving images they have seen such as Frozen, super heroes, and last year - world cup football.
Children as documenters The children’s films record and present their interactions. Through their films the children naturally take on different roles: they choose to be behind the camera and direct the action, they act as documentary makers – documenting their environment, people around them and lived experiences. They use it to build relationships to connect with other children and adults. They put themselves at the centre of the action performing and filming their skills and achievements; in the nursery garden this is often their physical successes
Exploring Colour Mixing with Young Children.
Documentation:How children's thinking and learning can be made visible through documentation.
'All that we need to know about children is best learnt from children themselves.' Loris Malaguzzi