On Tuesday the parents went to the Whitworth Art Gallery and this time they brought their children. They were aged from Nursery to Year 4. We had a great time helping our children engage with works of art. We identified smells and matched them to pieces of art works. We made soundscapes to go with art works. We looked at lots of textile pieces and wallpapers. We made our own floor art inspired by our own utopias! Lots of families are planning to visit in the holidays.
We worked with Dave the artist. We looked at different artefacts and thought about aspects of our own identity. We developed secret symbols from our experiences and identity. We looked at the symbols in Nigerian Adire fabric. We made our own Adire using wax resist.
We worked with two different artists over a number of weeks. With Dave the artist we made our own books using different techniques and paper with a variety of textures and patterns. We inserted them into our sketchbooks. With Jane the artist we printed using natural objects such as leaves and twigs.
We went to the Whitworth art Gallery on Tuesday 4th. For some of us it was our first visit there. For some of us it was our first ever Time for You session. Novae showed us around the whole gallery. We had a drink and cake in the lovely cafe overlooking the park. We all introduced ourselves and got to know each other a little more. We did some fun activities and hope to use them with our own children next week. We guessed some smells in hidden smelly pots. We matched them to works of art. We used materials to make our own utopia. We are looking forward to bringing our children next week.
We went to Manchester museum. We looked at so many different areas and exhibits, including tiny frogs. We found out about lots of free activities for our children.
We went to Manchester Art Gallery. We played three-way table tennis. We looked at LOADS of different art and craft works. We enjoyed sitting in the mindfulness gallery feeling calm and relaxed. Katy really welcomed us to the gallery. Why not come along on our next trip?
This half term we are focusing on developing language and communication at our own level, especially relating to stories. In the first session we looked at what settings are. We looked at lots of different children's books and described and compared the settings. We really enjoyed this. We had so many great ideas and learnt about engaging our children so sharing books becomes more enjoyable. We also learnt a little about characters in stories. We looked at different art works and how they might relate to different settings. We used different art materials to start to make our own settings for a story. Take a look at some of the things we did.
Over the last few years we have been developing a range of projects, workshops, activities and visits for parents. I, (Roisin Hulston) have led and developed these, sometimes in school and sometimes in galleries, libraries, museums and other places. We called it Time for You because it is time for you as a parent to find out about fun, free ways to help your children learn and to have some enjoyable time out for yourself to relax, learn new skills and meet other parents. Take a look at just some of the activities we have been doing over the last few months.
One of our visits to one of our favourite places, The Whitworth Art Gallery. The exhibitions change all the time.
One of our visits to Central Library. We visited the reading room, the children's library, the lending library, art exhibits and saw the OLDEST BOOK IN MANCHESTER!
Another two visits to Central library looking at the archives, film pods, secret rooms and displays. We ended with a delicious lunch in Earth Cafe in the Buddhist Centre.