Celebration Event Tuesday 19th August 2008

The celebration event on Tuesday was an opportunity for everyone to see how the educational space had evolved over the past few weeks, for each person to get a copy of the newly published newspaper and to sample some summer soup!

 

A big pot of summer soup!

A big pot of summer soup!

 

 

 

The boxes used in the 0-3 year old workshop were stacked against the blacked-out window – a section at the bottom of which was cut away to reveal sun light which shone through the coloured gel windows in the boxes and cast multicoloured rays across the floor of the space.  Three TV screens were positioned in the space and were showing the animation films that had been put on the blog over the past few weeks. These films had recorded all the workshops that ‘Measure by Measure’ had organised and also detailed a slide show of images from the ‘Play and Explore’ workshops.

Stacks of ‘The New Curriculum’ newspaper, which documented the Dalry Primary School project and the soon-to-be-launched ‘School on Paper’ newspaper, were placed on the white cupboards, ready to be unveiled.  The summer soup was gently simmering on the hotplate in the corner of the space ready for the hungry visitors.

Bryan gave a speech which outlined the ideas of the workshops and he expressed our pleasure in having had the opportunity of organising them and at the positive reaction and engagement of all the participants.  He thanked everyone involved: Hugo, Lisa, and all the gallery staff with a special mention for Dave who helped us out on many occasions (some of which were emergency situations!) to locate equipment and materials.

The ‘School on Paper’ newspaper was launched and handed out to the gathered audience.  Summer soup, a delicious potato, carrot and dill recipe was served by Natalia as people formed a queue to sample the home cooked fare.

 

Watching the animation films

Watching the animation films

People filtered into the main body of the gallery to look at the exhibits in the exhibition and into the learning space in the front gallery which was a riot of colour from all the workshop projects and a cacophony of noise greeted them as the music from the films was playing. The space was still being worked on by Priyesh, Tej, Nidhi and Alisha who were busily projecting shapes from the OHP onto a section of the wall which still had a few white areas left. They were also using sticky tape and marker pens to create some colourful shapes, images and marks on the paper. Isobel from the 7-13 workshop, and George and Dan from the 12- 17 workshop were also working in the space projecting onto the wall shapes that they had cut out from the coloured gels on to the wall.

It was great to see the workshop participants returning to the space to see the films – they had been involved in the making of the characters and backgrounds out of paper and cardboard and now they could see their endeavours and that material transformed into an animation on a monitor screen.

Towards the end Priyesh, Tej, Nidhi and Alisha started to experiment with the cardboard boxes and with the windows of coloured gels, and after putting them on their heads, they paraded around the space and then into the main gallery wearing their new costumes! Even more inventively, they started to create buildings from the boxes by stacking them up and getting inside – maybe the new building design of the future!   

We looked in the pot. Nearly all the soup had gone, so not too much to take home – people must have been hungry……

 

Busy building

Busy building

 

 

 

We were really delighted that so many people attended the event and many thanks to all who came; it was really stimulating to talk to those who participated in the workshops, to their friends and family and to the number of people who had travelled a considerable distance to attend the occasion.

Thank you all very much – we hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we enjoyed ourselves!

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