DLR Primary Arts. Rathmichael National school 2nd class with Artist Jane Groves

30/11/16. session 2.  Being Here…..

Arriving at School this morning I found the children playing outside on a blissfully mild, sunny and beautiful Autumns day ,so instead of heading straight into the classroom, I decided to investigate the school space outside. I had intended to explore the children’s sense of place from the perspective of their school and its location but also wanted them to open up their senses and take a valuable moment to be present.

We made a circle outside and talked about where we were, which direction are the mountains? the sea? the motorway ?  I wanted to encourage a sense of the children knowing where they are and how it makes them feel.

We traced our way round the outside wall of the school to the garden I wanted them to look at the shape of the school and to open their senses. Once we were beside the garden I asked the children to take a moment to close their eyes and to listen to the sounds they could hear and from where they were coming from, I encouraged them to start with listening to their own breathing and then to move outwards so they could make sound map’s  of everything they could hear around them.

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After absorbing more sounds and looking for different colours we headed back to the classroom to draw some more maps

 

I asked the children to describe in pictures their journey to school, noting the things they often saw ,smelt or heard .

….then invited them to describe their environment to me in the form of a giant map, I wanted to understand the childrens perception of place, something which we could discuss later, we also used scissors and extra paper to reposition things.

What a great responsive class! can’t wait to see them again! Thanks for having me 2nd class.

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