Creature in a Cup Workshop St Michaels Primary Tilehurst March 7th 2016

Image below is a report about our workshop on the St Michael’s School webpage

St Michael's Primary School wrokshop report

ArtLab team introducing workshop
ArtLab team introducing workshop

 

We were invited to St Michaels Primary by Janine Beckers the Art coordinator St Michaels Primary. She wrote to ask if we could suggest ways to make lessons more fun and exciting. We offered to run our Creature in a Cup workshop but we only had a 2 hour slot with the class so this was a new challenge to the ArtLab team. We kept the workshop idea but removed the story development about the creature for the performance. We hope the creatures might inspire some further story development. We shortened the time the pupils had to experiment with the electronics kits and build their creatures, but this didn’t stop the class making some fantastic kinetic creatures.

Class experiment with LittleBits

Class experiment making circuits using littlebits electronics kits
Class experiment making circuits using littlebits electronics kits

Class teacher Rachel Sims wrote after the workshop,

“Thank you very much to you and the students who came along on Monday afternoon. I felt the workshop was a huge success! The nature of the activity, the challenge involved in the task, and how teamwork was promoted throughout was suitable for a year 6 class. The class thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and found the electronics kits you brought along very exciting. They were certainly enthused and inspired to be creative and use their imaginations to make such interesting creatures! A wonderful idea!”

Class teacher Rachel Sims documenting construction of the creature
Class teacher Rachel Sims documenting construction of the creature

The pupils managed to get a lot done in the two hours as you can see from the following images and videos. They demonstrated their creature and made a soundtrack created with Littlebits Synthkits.

The pupils worked together in groups to design a creature from three different animals, below are some of their drawings.

The following images show the creatures in development.
Ben with group

ArtLab faciliator Ben working with group
ArtLab faciliator Ben working with group

Anna with group

ArtLab facilitator Anna working with group
ArtLab facilitator Anna working with group

Amal with group

ArtLab facilitator Amal working with group
ArtLab facilitator Amal working with group

Sahar with group

ArtLab facilitator Sahar working with group
ArtLab facilitator Sahar working with group

Matthew with group

ArtLab facilitator Matthew working with group
ArtLab facilitator Matthew working with group

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