This trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park was led by artists with skills in movement, drama and storytelling as well as the visual arts.
The half-day workshop was an outdoor, artist-led session which took the children on a creative journey through the Park, exploring sculptures connected to the theme of animals, from wild hares and writhing octopus to roosters, rats and dragons represented by Ai Weiwei's 'Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads' (2010).
In response to sculpture, children explored movement, sounds and stories led by their artist-guide. From a dragon’s tail dance to becoming prowling tigers, slithering snakes and tumbling monkeys, the session conjured up animal characters and their stories. Artists provided stimulus and led creative activities which engaged with the sculptures in playful, imaginative ways, combining storytelling, movement and mark-making in front of the sculptures in the open air.
In the afternoon the group created artworks which could be worn or used as part of a ‘performance’ inspired by ideas explored in the morning. This part of the session took place in our dedicated Early Years space, the 'Hidden Forest' and combined 3D modelling with collage and paper-sculpture, enabling the children to create their own artwork which they can animate as part of a group experience. Artworks were taken back to school to re-visit movement and storytelling inspired by the visit.