Scripts and Acting

Developing on from the last session, the children made some final finish touching to their masks, then there was frantic scribbling and discussion as they began to construct their script based upon their story. We had discussions about how many characters were in the group and how the story needed to be divided up so that each character was part of the story. After break some of the groups were ready so they began to act out the stories. The first groups story told of a recent trip to the Zoo and many masks featured animals. The next story was about healthy eating and masks reflected both human and fruit and vegetable characters. The acting out was great and was captured by the children themselves on iPads. The teacher also captured some footage and I will upload shortly. We also had a visitor to the class today, a teacher Stella who is a new teacher on the project, I think she really enjoyed the buzz and gained a lot from seeing the project in action. We will catch up in another session in a few weeks to capture some of the acted out narratives.

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Masks and Narrative

In rounding up the Strandtown TV theme we explored the development of narratives and aligned these to characters which were performed using masks. We had discussions about how to develop narrative and stories – the children had worked on this in the curriculum – so we had discussion about theme, start, middle, end, characters and how to go about the development whilst working as a group. Some great narratives emerged based upon happening within the school, one such story is based upon ‘healthy eating’ in the school and some great masks were produced including a ‘strawberry’ character. I had some great discussion with the group on-line with regards to developing their narratives and they were great at reading them out.

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TV Magazine

In this session we began to develop content for a Strandtown TV Magazine. There was much discussion with regards to what should be put in the magazine. Examples were brought in form home as a guide and the children were soon up and running with some great ideas. We had an on-going discussion with regards to content and kept reminding the children that it should reflect the school and not general TV. One of the funniest articles for me was ‘Why Boys Don’t Like Shopping’ some great drawings and text to match. Once again myself and the teacher remarked on how many of the curriculum areas this class had embraced!

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adding content – Storyboards

TV programmes often begin with storyboards and this was our investigation for todays session. Within their TV Channel groups the children began to develop storyboards based upon their channels, there was much discussion and design with regards to all of the channels, Nature, News, Sports, Cartoon, Movie, History, Comedy, Shopping Fashion and of course my own Art TV.

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TV Channel Logos

in this session we had a good discussion about advertising and logos, looking at several examples used on tv and in the media. working in the TV channel groups the children set off to develop a logo. In the studio i also began to create a logo based upon Art TV – the theme for my tv channel, which is based upon my studio.

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Strandtown TV – channels and retro construction

Great to be starting back on the Virtually There project, can’t wait to see what the new group of children will create over the forthcoming weeks.

Our initial discussion today was about the theme for our project which is ‘Strandtown TV’. The children worked in groups and developed some great ideas for the TV channels. Of course we needed a tv to begin with, so with boxes at the ready, it was time to construct!

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Personal Place and Space

Now that are Dioramas are complete we have developed upon this to explore personal ‘place’ and ‘space’ and have taken the ‘bedroom’ as a theme to explore. This will be mapped and constructed within a cube, with an open viewing point (much like a dolls house). when completed the children will stack all of their work to create a giant sculpture (like a block of flats).

I began by hand-drawing my bed and have presented this as a 3D cut out, I have also begun to patina the walls and will add more components in the next session.

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