During the day we collected participants’ feedback on the following questions:
What role should adults play in the learner’s experience?
- Get involved! Don’t hide in the café or behind your phone.
- Helping when needed
- Work and play together
- They should share in the experience and allow the learner to lead without being restrictive
- They should set up invitations
- Structured guidance, observing safely, encouraging play, freedom rule, breaking
in tosafe creative context.
- Learning together
- Share in the experience
- They should play alongside
Where do you look for inspiration? Who’s doing exciting early years work?
- Science centres
Every dayobjects. Life!
- Pester and Rossi
- Inspired by child visitors to our gallery
- Learn and do more
- My children
Think about materials. What do you like/love/loathe? Any surprises?
- Scale & size
- Variety of shapes
- Neutral colours
- Might encourage individual interaction rather than teamwork
- Great noises but too loud in gallery spaces?
- Risky/heavy handling materials
- Recycled material
- Love ‘real’ materials
- Loathe ‘safe’ materials
How do you evaluate your early years activities?
- Through observations and documenting these observations
- Return visitors
- Collecting comments from children and parents
- Observing discussions with participants
What can we (galleries, art educators) offer that nurseries can’t, and vice versa?
- Smells and sounds
- A chance for different children to shine – surprises
- New thoughts
- Galleries allow the whole family to learn and engage together
- The buildings, environments, smells, green spaces
- New experiences and environments
- Stimulus from artworks – new ideas, new materials
- A place where children can enter with their parents/carers and be on equal terms
- Putting art/creativity first
- Sharing different approaches
A bigopen space in the middle of the floor!
- Artists to work with
- Expert knowledge about different topics (arts, materials, methods)
- Time, space, materials, facilities