3 thoughts on “Past projects

  1. I love what you’re doing in my old stomping ground! I grew up in Norfolk but now find myself in Vienna, Austria, doing arty things with kindergarten kids. Thanks for introducing me to your work by following my blog. I look forward to seeing more of your projects via your website.
    Hannah

    1. Lovely to hear from you Hannah. Your art club ideas are great and they really tie in with our ethos. We’re trying to approach art clubs with an open mind as to how the activities might develop over the session but sometimes that gets tricky with a large group or if the parents are expecting a finished piece of art. We find art club a great place to experiment with ideas for the rest of our practice though.
      It would be good to keep in touch. I’m currently doing an MA in Participatory Arts and really interesting in finding new ways to work with children and communities.
      Best Wishes
      Jacquie

  2. Hi Jacquie,
    I would love to keep in touch. I am somewhat isolated here in Vienna, where artistic and creative opportunities for children are very limited within the state education system. I started my art club in order to fulfil my own creative and educational interests, having previously worked for many years in the UK as an art gallery/museum curator. My background is Art History rather than Fine Art (my artistic aspirations got no further than A-level Art!) but I feel that my creativity finds its best outlet in devising projects that fuel children’s imaginations and inspire them to experiment and explore their own creativity. And it’s so rewarding! I also grapple with getting the right balance between structured and open-ended activities, but I always stay true to my philosophy that there’s no point doing a project if the children don’t get something worthwhile from the experience. I try and mix it up – some open-ended, experimental projects, others that focus on skills and techniques, but every project should enable children to make their own choices and stamp their own individuality and ideas on what they create. And yes, at least some of the projects need to satisfy parents expectations… but I do feel that with enough thought and careful planning, this is possible to achieve without compromising on the quality of the children’s experience.
    Your MA in Participatory Arts sounds fascinating – maybe something to consider for the future, should I ever return to the UK…
    Keep up the good work!
    Best wishes,
    Hannah

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