|Learning About Where We Live|
Inspiration Aspiration Partnership
arts, cultural organisations and schools working together
The feedback from 'Learning About Where We Live: Exmouth, Summer 2010 to May 2011' is now available. Click here to view the full evaluation report or read a summary below.
This Daisi arts education project brought together 14 schools in and around Exmouth. Together, they learned about and explored the local area through a range of creative arts.
New, creative, out-of-school learning experiences
The young people explored local beaches, heaths, coastlines and parks. They took their investigations of the area into museums, onto the beach, out on patrol with rangers and even onto a boat. Their mission was to express and share what they had learned through art, writing, drama, dance and music.
"He doesn't usually like art, prefers maths and science - he came back reeling. Tiles and weaving. It's just been so good." - Parent
Exploring the local area; trying new art forms
The project brought the young people into contact with inspirational professional writers, artists and local cultural amenities. A visit to Orcombe Point and the Geo-Needle inspired poetry, collage, drawing and willow sculpture, while trips to Woodbury Common and the Otter Valley used a study of local flora and fauna as the starting point for clay sculptures and fabric collage. Outings to the beach resulted in printmaking and sculpture, while research into the history of the 'Avocet' railway line inspired a dance alongside the tracks.
"It was fantastic how the children got dancing ... cyclists, pedestrians and train passengers were unexpectedly entertained that day." - Teacher, Lympstone Church of England Primary School
Strengthening links between schools
The schools worked in pairs, with children and teachers exploring and creating together, forging new links or strengthening existing relationships between schools.
"The best week ever." - Pupil
Sharing achievements with the community
A celebratory exhibition at the Elizabeth Hall, Exmouth, gave the young people an opportunity to share what they had learnt and created with parents, teachers, project partners and the community.
"Wonderful to see children so excited about their work. A tremendous initiative." - Mayor of Exmouth