Week 4 Online Zoom Workshop for Home-Educated children

Week 4 Online Zoom Workshop for Home-Educated children

On the 22nd June at 12:30pm I ran a 40 minuet online zoom workshop for 30 Home-Educated children in Cornwall. I invited along the three families who were not Home-Educating before lockdown, but are looking at continuing when the schools go back that are taking part in my photographic project this module. As a community project I thought this would be a great way to get these families engaging with the community and it would be good for their children to be part of a collective opportunity given that we have all been in lockdown so long. The below is a plan of  the workshop schedule - 

12:30pm – INTRO TO ME AND MY PROJECT

12:35pm – DESCRIPTION OF WHAT THE WORKSHOP IS ABOUT

12:40pm – DESCRIPTION OF WHAT A ZINE IS AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR IN THE ART WORLD

12:45pm – SHOWED A VIDEO OF A ZINE ON INSTAGRAM VIA SCREEN SHARE

12:50pm – DEMONSTRATION OF HOW TO MAKE A BEAK FOLD ZINE FROM AN A4 SHEET OF PAPER

12:55pm – WALKTHROUGH WITH THE FAMILIES AS THEY ALL MADE THEIR OWN ZINES

1:00pm – DISCUSSION ON WHAT TYPES OF THINGS THE FAMILIES COULD PUT IN THEIR ZINES, OR ON THEIR SHEETS OF PAPER IF THEY DON’T WANT TO MAKE A ZINE. DISCUSSION THAT THEIR CREATIONS CAN BE       PHOTOGRAPHS, COLLAGES, CYANOTYPES, DRAWINGS, PAINTINGS, COMICS, POEMS, SHORT STORIES, CROSSWORDS, PHOTOGRAPHS OF SCULPTURES THEY’VE CREATED, ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING , AS LONG AS IT IS A RESPONSE TO THE PHRASE “YOUR HOME-EDUCATION” , THEY ARE FREE TO CREATE WHATEVER THEY WANTED TOO.

1:05pm – 5 MIN CHAT TO SEE IF ANYONE HAD QUESTIONS, TOO MAKE SURE THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING, AND TO ARRANGE ME COLLECTING THE FINISHED WORK.

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Week 4 Online Zoom Workshop for Home-Educated children

Week 4 Online Zoom Workshop for Home-Educated children

The workshop went absolutely brilliantly, only a couple of families were unable to make the workshop. Afterwards I uploaded the recorded zoom meeting so the families who were unable to join in were able to go back and do the workshop and see what was happening. 

Logistically I didn’t set out timings before the event, and just went with the flow, but it went really well time wise, 40 minuets was perfect for a kids workshop. When I was running in person art clubs for the children before the MA I would do an hour at a time, and just like when in school most of the remaining twenty minuets difference was spent mostly setting up and cleaning down, before and afterwards. This set up worked so well I had families asking me to do 1-2-1 art workshops afterwards. Sadly, I will need to wait until the MA is over to do this as I just don’t have the time currently, but it will definitely be something that I will look to continue offering later next year. 

Week 4 Online Zoom Workshop for Home-Educated children

Week 4 Online Zoom Workshop for Home-Educated children

The above is the images I used with permission of an artist friend @cheerygriff of her zine guides that she makes and posts on instagram. I had been really busy with work so didn’t have to to make one myself self so reached out for help and she agreed that I could use these ones to illustrate to the children what zines can look like.

I also created an A4 page with the instructions that I created to show how to use the photocopier or beak fold that I illustrated to the children, it was created taking inspiration from @Cheerygriff’s images above, the and some tutorials I found online. 

These two images were combined into a PDF and then shared on the Facebook messenger group that I set up for all the participants, for them to have to hand for when the children who were making zines to follow at home. 

Overall I would say this was a really productive workshop. I had high uptake on the project, and a really good level engagement. Only one family has had to drop out, and the rest all managed to get their zines/responses to me within the week ready for me to collate them into a newspaper. 

I think the only thing I would of done differently is to practice showing how to do the fold to someone on zoom beforehand as it proved a lit difficult trying to illustrate the folds over the internet. The children all managed it fine, I just felt that could of gone a little smoother, and been a little clearer. 

The positive aspect that went really well during this workshop was the level of engagement from the families and them connecting during a really difficult period in all of our lives, as ultimately this is what my practice is about, the education and connectivity of these families and this community.

 

REFERENCES

Instagram CheeryGriff (link not available at private account) Accessed 21.06.2020

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