This was one of many projects that I worked on with the Creative Partnerships programme. I worked alongside the amazing musician and creative practitioner Tom Cook.
We worked over several weeks – 1 or 2 days a week at a Special Educational Needs School in Surrey. The aim of the project was to develop some interactive story-telling using the interactive whiteboards in the school. We worked with a small group of children in the school and recorded their stories through their voice, artwork and interactive creative play.
As a response to the children stories, we developed sessions that had grown from their ideas – for example one starting point was looking at large and small based on the trigger of giants. We played around with looking into things through spy holes as if we were looking onto a small world as the giants ourselves, we also created giant images and structures to experience being the small ones.
Stories grew and we created artwork with the children which was used as the background for animation. Each animation was built around the recorded voice of each Childs story and their images became touch screen interactive animations.
One of the criteria for the project was to create something that could be used more than once and stored very easily in a small storage space. We built a large pop-up den which acted as a shadow screen and projector screen for viewing the digital animations. They could be viewed from inside or outside of the den. We also cmade with the children, pop-up giant creatures. And from designs hat came out of the workshops with the children, I made a giant screen which could be hung across the large hall with a variety of different size and shaped windows to view the world through.
The finale of the project was a family event run in the local theatre in Crawley.