Tag Archives: Art

Reflecting on New York: spaces and community

The Highline in New York is one of my favourite urban spaces in the world: originally built to raise dangerous freight trains above the streets of Manhattan, by the 1980’s the rusted iron and concrete structure was largely redundant, made … Continue reading

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Words about learning: weathering

Yesterday i wrote about sculpture: but what happens when it’s finished and left outside? First it gleams, standing out from it’s environment, then it develops a patina, it starts to fit in. Finally it degrades, slowly becoming part of the … Continue reading

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Music, Creativity and Learning

I’ve had a great day exploring ideas around music, creativity and learning: a new idea, an idea in beta. It all came from the research i did late last year around the creative processes involved in making and performing music … Continue reading

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Let your hands do the talking: representation and abstraction

Following on from yesterday’s post, i’m on holiday this week and spending some time teaching my niece to draw. I’ve been wrestling with the notion of how to move her (at the age of ten) from direct representation to more … Continue reading

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How to learn to paint

I’m on holiday this week, down in Devon with my niece and nephew. Ten year old Megan has asked me to give her some painting lessons, a thought that fills me with fear, not least because i don’t really know … Continue reading

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The languages of learning: fragrance

I’m sat drinking a Turkish coffee in the Arab quarter. I fly home tonight, but today is a chance for reflection. It’s hot and humid, as it has been everyday. There’s a faint scent of cardamon, a dusky kind of … Continue reading

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Heading North: Painting in perspective

I realise that i’m grumpy when i paint. It’s not that i’m in a bad mood, it’s just that i’m very focused. The thing about watercolours is that they’re alive, or rather, they are until they dry, so you’re on … Continue reading

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Interpreting modern art: providing structured storytelling approaches for children (and an adult).

I’m stood in a large room, surrounded by giant, towering model lighthouses, slightly phallic and painted in bright colours. Around the walls are half a dozen painting by Alfred Wallace, whose naive style is well known: childlike drawings of boats … Continue reading

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Innovation in the learning experience. Why it never hurts to think about doing something different.

Yesterday’s post about interactive stories got me thinking. Innovation can sometimes be driven by technology, but it doesn’t need to be. Innovation can be as cheap and easy to deliver as ‘doing the same old thing’, but, because it’s innovative, … Continue reading

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How do we learn from art? Observations on interpretation at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

I know it’s art, because it’s in a gallery at one of the premiere cultural institutions in the world, but to me it just looks like a pile of bricks. Continuing the American theme as i work my way around … Continue reading

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