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Talking About Art: Call for Participants

TALKING ABOUT ART

We are looking for volunteer families* to explore, draw, and discuss art.

At a loss for words when you look at art?
Or do you always know what to say?
How can galleries help us find our voice?

As part of the long term project Art at the Start, University of Dundee is partnering with Dundee Contemporary Arts Learning Programme to explore what happens when families view and make art together. The Talking About Art project will research how families use the self-led activities at DCA. The researcher, Holly Rumble, aims to determine how these activities impact on family engagement with the visual art exhibitions.

Holly will lead the sessions, which last for 45 minutes, and take place in early 2019.
Sessions in January and February will look at the work of Lorna Macintyre
Sessions in late March and April will look at the work of David Austen

We will provide refreshments and a small gift to thank you for your time.

For an information sheet please click here: Adult information sheet

If you have any questions please email: h.rumble@dundee.ac.uk

*(with at least one child under 16)

Thanks for reading!

ESRC Festival of Social Sciences event at DCA

We were at the DCA doing an outreach event this weekend as part of the ESRC’s Festival of Social Science. We ran some art events for families linking in with the flag theme of ther current exhibition and we tried to show a bit more about what is happening when little ones and grown ups make art together. We were thinking about making connections through art, increasing cognitive development, enjoying sensory experiences, gaining self-agency and learning to imitate. Here are some of our posters from the event with some more information.
Thank you to all the families who came and joined in with us.

 

 

We are at DCA’s Discovery Film Festival

The Art at the Start team are taking part in some of the events at DCA’s Discovery Film Festival over the next two weeks.

http://www.discoveryfilmfestival.org.uk/

Vicky will be running a sensory workshop after the Shorts for Wee ones screening on Sunday the 27th. We will be creating some beautiful scenery from the films- going underwater with sensory play, making a sky complete with clouds, planes and birds, and building a city full of cardboard box sky scrapers. The films themselves are lovely and will be enjoyed by families with small children. For more information and to book have a look on their website

http://www.discoveryfilmfestival.org.uk/whats-on/event/relaxed-workshop-stunning-scenes-and-settings

 

Printing at Baxter Park Picnic

This week Vicky and Holly joined the team from DCA at “Picnic in the Park” trying out some mono printing with all the families who came along to enjoy the lovely sunshine in Baxter park and take part in the activities. We were so impressed by how creative all the children who joined in were, using jelly plates to mono print with leaves and wooden stamps.

Welcoming Holly to the Team

We are really pleased to welcome Holly Rumble to the Art at the Start team this month. Holly won our Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences Studentship to join us as for 4 years as a graduate student in Psychology. She will be working closely with the DCA to look at how we can measure the impact of art experiences upon families with young children.

Holly Rumble – artist educator and SGSSS PhD student

“I joined the University of Dundee in September 2018, to undertake an MSc in Psychological Research Methods before commencing PhD research in 2019. I have almost fifteen years experience as a practicing artist, focusing on intergenerational participation. My projects have taken me around the world, working with groups in Finland, Japan and Hong Kong. From 2015-2018 I worked as Public Engagement Coordinator for Tramway, Glasgow, beginning with the public participation programme for Turner Prize 2015. My interests lie in the power of arts participation to increase confidence, wellbeing and literacy. In 2017 I was awarded the Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education for my work with families at Tramway. I am looking forward to working with Dundee Contemporary Arts to measure the long term impact of their family participation programme.”

Art at the Start at Summer Festivals

We’ve been busy offering creative opportunities to little ones and their big people at Fesitivals this summer.

In July we were under the sea at Deershed Festival http://deershedfestival.com/

and in August we were at Belladrum making animals in the Indian Jungle http://www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk/

We had a great time meeting lots of families and bringing some relaxing and creative  time to their festival experiences with a mixture of messy crafts and sensory play.

 

Our next post will explain how to make the cool blue rice you can see in our ocean sensory tray.

 

Welcome to Art at the Start

Welcome to the Art at the Start site. We are based at The University of Dundee and are looking at the social and developmental impact of engagement with arts by children and their parents/carers in the early years. We will post ideas for parents to try out at home and our research as we go.