|A River's Journey|
Inspiration Aspiration Partnership
arts, cultural organisations and schools working together
The feedback from the Daisi project 'A River's Journey: Axe Valley, Autumn 2010 to Spring 2011' is now available. Click here to view the full evaluation report or read a summary below.
This Daisi arts education project brought together 11 schools in the Axe Valley. Together, the children learned about and explored the local area through a range of creative arts.
"I learned how to look and listen for inspiration" - Pupil
Practical creative experiences
The young people explored the riverside, the marshes, a stately home and the beach. They took their investigations of the area into museums, through rock pools, into a university and onto a boat. Their mission was to express and share what they had learned through art, writing, drama, dance and music.
"We really achieved something - the murals are absolutely amazing" - Teacher, Seaton Community Primary School
Exploring the local area; trying new art forms
The project brought the young people into contact with inspiration, professional writers, artists and local cultural amenities. A visit to Dorchester Museum inspired the creation of plesiosaur puppets, while an exploration of local beaches resulted in a beautiful mural and the design and production of marine-themed clay tiles. A trip to Seaton Marshes involved pond-dipping and identifying creatures, which in turn became the starting point for sculpture and performance poetry, while a river walk inspired poetry, dance and music.
"I really enjoyed it all, I wish I could do it again" - Pupil
Celebration, sharing and display
A celebratory exhibition at the Axe Valley Community College on 5 May 2011 gave the children and young people an opportunity to share what they had learnt and created with parents, teachers, project partners and the community.
"These drawings were made out of mud and dock leaves!"- Pupil