Category Archives: Project News

Art at the Start and Dundee Science Centre

All this week Art at the Start, DCA and Dundee Science Centre have teamed up to do science and art activities, all themed on art and looking. You can find them all on the science centre’s home learning portal here

www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk/early-years-week

You’ll find some colour theory, optical illusions, remembering games and more. There are also links to older ones activities that connect with previous exhibitions at DCA.

Home Art Boxes

During the social distancing measures for Covid-19 we have had to end all our public messy play sessions and all our art therapy groups. We are posting art activities that are easy to do at home on our website and posting these regularly on social media. To keep up to date with these you can follow us on Twitter @ArtattheStart1 or on facebook @artatthestartdundee

To keep offering support to families who were due to have art therapy we have developed a scheme of Home Art Boxes. The first 40 boxes went out to families in May. These were packed in Vicky’s garden and delivered out to families at home with lots of baby friendly art materials and a pack of 12 activity ideas to try together.  This week we were awarded Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Seed Funding to roll these boxes out more widely and keep reaching families who will benefit. We are collecting feedback to evaluate if families found these beneficial.

              

Postponing Groups

We have sadly had to take the decision to postpone all our Art Therapy groups, home visits and public messy play sessions for the time being to help social distancing in the Coronavirus pandemic. We are really sorry to all the mums and little ones but of course everyone’s health and wellbeing is our highest priority.

If you are home with children and looking for activities we will try to keep posting suggestions and you can check our recipes and ideas page for a complete list. You can also follow us on twitter @ArtattheStart1 where we will be posting ideas. We hope you can enjoy some quality time together being creative during this difficult time.

Publications and conferences!

Holly has been working with Dundee Contemporary Arts on a couple of projects, and it seems Autumn is the time to share them!

Engage Journal

Firstly, she interviewed Sarah Derrick, Head of Learning, about the development of the learning programme at DCA over the course of 20 years. This article has been published by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education:

43: Profession and Practice

 

Talking About Art

Secondly, Holly ran a project at DCA earlier this year exploring the impact of the Create Space on family learning. The full report is now available here: Talking About Art Full Report

Thanks to all participating families!

Engage Conference

And finally, Holly will give a short presentation on Talking About Art at this year’s Engage Conference in Newcastle, as part of the Soapbox session on 5th November, sharing her findings with gallery and museum staff from the UK and beyond.

Unlocking Culture: an entitlement for children and young people

Art at the Start on BBC Scotland

The Art at the Start team had a visit from BBC Scotland’s The Nine team.

Reporter Louise Cowie joined us for a messy creative session at DCA last week and then visited the Minime lab with her own mini me. The program aired on BBC Scotland last night. Catch it on I-Player here

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000644p

     

All the little ones had fun with sensory play trying rainbow rice, a dinosaur swamp of jelly and peas and some cornflake farm land. Then we tried some messy painting with shaving foam marbling and bubble printing.

      

We had a great time and the little ones have all enjoyed seeing themselves on the TV today!

Creative, messy session at DCA

We ran our first session of creative and messy play for parents and preschoolers at the DCA this week. We are looking to see if there is an interest in these kinds of sessions for parents and toddlers so we will be doing monthly sessions and see what the feedback is. We would love these to be something that was always available. All our little ones at this weeks sessions were amazingly creative (and their grown ups very good about how messy we got them!).
 This week we responded to a beautiful painting of colourful circles in David Austen’s Underworld exhibition. We made paintings by printing circle shapes using lots of different objects pinched from the kitchen or the recycling – tubes, bowls, corks etc.
  Some little ones also experimented with their own ides for how to make marks using cars and tigers!

We then tried making bubble paintings by blowing into cups and bowls of painty, bubbly water and printing it onto paper and by blowing coloured bubbles to try and catch and pop on paper.
 
We will post the recipe for bubble paintings in our next post so you can try it at home.

Art therapy groups this term

We are running art therapy groups for parents and their infants at DCA and at the Dundee International Women’s Centre this term. All the parents and their little ones got stuck in with painting on their first week. Here are some of their beautiful painty creations. They all definitely needed the bath afterwards, with as much paint on little people as on the paper!

If you are interested in art therapy groups yourself and have a child under 3 then please do get in touch with the art therapist for more information. v.g.armstrong@dundee.ac.uk

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