Teacher Training Art and English Workshop
Inset Day – Teacher Training – Being Creative in the Class Room
Start With Art – bringing cross curriculum approaches to creative writing projects.
A good day was had by all – At this Creative Seminar I worked with groups of teachers using a kinaesthetic approach to pedagogy. We invented a name and then a story line using an exquisite corpse. The designed elements could all sit inside a pocket book. Figures could then be used as a puppet theatre to make alternative stories. I know the staff enjoyed the day and could see the benefit of more creative approaches to working with curriculum texts.
Details about this workshop
They were intrigued by the approach and felt it would be very helpful to have “education packs” which could take the this idea easily into the classroom as a ready made lesson plan.
This is something I will consider as a future idea. At the moment, luckily, I am so busy facilitating the workshops that I have not had time to work things into a creditable order.
We started the session with a name for our characters (street and first pet) so disparate words which where connected to characters. These where drawn using a technique I call Picasso drawing, either end of a sheet of paper is drawn as a side view folded over and traced around the edge. The two lines are then a basis for the third character.
With the character drawn the story is populated using a variety of techniques – we used exquisite corpse. A pocket book is assembled and the character and props are inserted. The end result is a kinaesthetic learning approach to narrative building. These pocket books and standing figures could be used to initiate new stories, create ongoing stories or represent a curriculum text.