Monday 18th August 0-3 year olds Workshop 10

There were nine participants on the 0-3 year old workshop on Monday morning.
The environment was created – the space was darkened and small holes cut into the black paper on the window to let light in, is some instances this was coloured due to the gels of previous workshops stuck on to the glass. There were boxes piled up by the wall and the OHP was in position. Four large boxes were prepared with windows cut out and large enough for a baby to crawl into and those windows were covered with coloured gels. Two sections of the floor were prepared before the workshop – etching ink was rolled onto a sheet of large plastic and covered with paper – this would be revealed later! Also an area of the floor near the window had been painted the day before and then covered with white paper.

Environment prepared

Environment prepared

The children and adults were invited into the space to explore and play – to look at the colours, shapes and images that were all around them. They were given tape, crayons and paint to draw round objects and mark out where things were positioned. One of the ideas was for the adults to draw round the babies as they negotiated and moved round the space – moving and marking. When the OHP was switched on paint and tape was used liberally to define objects where they cast a shadow. People started drawing round the shadow that their hand made on the wall – there was a lot of paint everywhere!

Coloured gels (the shapes used were of the favourite food of the children) were cut up and placed on the OHP to create a colourful environment and another way to see the space. The children started to play by moving the shapes of the gels on the OHP.

The boxes with the windows were position around the floor space and after a little exploration, encouragement and persuasion the children started to go inside the boxes and look out of the coloured windows and see the world in a different light!

Boxed in light

Boxed in light

Patrick was then brought into the space in a white painted box – he was next to be painted! He sat down and paint was applied to the box, things were stuck to the box and he reacted by finding a different position (with difficultly!) so people had to work fast to finish painting their mark and shape.

Another large box had been prepared with a window cut out and the participants were given a sheet of paper with a special surface. They made some marks and shapes which were cut out and then stuck onto the interior walls of the box. A light was shined into the box to activate the phosphorescent paint which glowed a light green (like watch faces…) People were encouraged to look through the window of the box to see the glowing shapes.

At the break shapes were cut out to reveal a surprise underneath the paper that people had been walking on, crawling on, painting on and tapping on. As the shapes were removed red and blue shapes started to appear as the bottom layer had been painted before the workshop – there was the shape of Rachael who had been drawn round earlier and other less identifiable shapes!

Lights and shapes above

Lights and shapes above

The next thing was to prepare coloured gels to go on to the rotating parasol to create a mobile. Shapes of fruit were cut out and the shapes cut out from the floor were attached to the arms of the parasol which was placed in the middle of the space. More gels were put on the OHP and projected on to the underneath of the parasol. The parasol was turned by hand and as it span the shapes moved across the material creating an ever changing spectrum of colours. 

Workshop Leaders:

Measure by Measure





Clive Dawkes

Declan Luff

Hugo Worthy

Inigo Worthy

Alexandra Budding

Georgie Budding

Rachael Bywater

Harrison Bywater

Lisa Bywater


1 Response to “Monday 18th August 0-3 year olds Workshop 10”

  1. 1 Georgie Budding August 20, 2008 at 8:16 am

    My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at this workshop. Alex loved being able to ‘splosh’ paint all over everything she could get a brush,hands or feet to and she allowed me to paint on her feet and hands which is a mini-minor miracle as she normally shies away from doing this.
    The group leaders were all very good with the children and a great time was had by us.
    Thank you.

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