Today we used our creativity and imaginations to explore paintings in new and unusual ways. We tried out some new resources, discussing our ideas in small groups . We discussed questions like….


>Find a piece of art that feels happy. Enjoy it for a while.

>Look at a painting that you think is boring. Analyse why you think it’s boring and try to make it interesting.

>Find an artwork that needs a soundtrack. Choose a song to listen to while you look at it.

>Find a painting and explore what happens outside the frame. How could the image continue and what happens off the edge of the painting? Did you discover something new?

>Observe how people interact with art. Watch the space between people and art and the space between people.

> Imagine you lived inside a piece of art. Which piece would you choose and why?

>Find a fruit, a flower, a dog and a hat.

>Find a painting that matches your outfit.

We reviewed all of the activities we had tried. We all most enjoyed responding to questions that required an imaginative response, explored emotions and feelings, involved spotting a list of types of objects and made us curious to look more closely at details.

After this, we were really privileged to spend an hour with Arne Richards and Isabelle Knowland who explained how they use museum collections and musical instruments to work with many different groups including people in prison. They played their instruments for us, transporting us to amazing places in our imaginations. Arne introduced us to a range of unusual instruments from around the globe and as a group we created a musical accompaniment to a piece of writing. It was a magical experience for us all. Thank you so much Arne and Isobel.

Isobel told us about a project she is working on for Refugee Week

Waving Hello

is a project challenging preconceived notions about refugees and asylum seekers and exploring our common humanity in a creative and interdisciplinary way. With the Ashmolean Museum as our inspiration the project has involved music, storytelling and poetry, and visual arts.  For our final event, we would like to include as many people as possible from across our community, particularly those of different faiths.

A flotilla of tiny paper boats will ‘sail’ across Bonn Square on Sunday 25th June, 12pm – 4pm,  celebrating diversity, recognising the importance of trade and travel in the history of Western art and commemorating those who have perished crossing the Mediterranean in their bid to escape war and famine.

If you can fold a piece of paper, be part of this temporary art installation, the aim of which is to fill the upper area of Bonn Square with small origami paper boats flowing out from the Tirah Memorial. The boats represent the journeys people make to both come to the UK and UK nationals travelling to other countries to live and work. Boats will be made by groups who have participated in the project to date and also by members of the public, either made in advance or on the day. (A video giving instructions on how to make the paper boats can be found on YouTube  Waving Hello!)







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