Making the ‘to do’ list to hopefully put my career back on the right path, left me no room to talk about the workshops I ran on Tuesday this week.
I’m back to making the ‘Starflies’ for the church installation, and this time, I was working with years 4 and 6 of a local school.
The morning session went quite well. I had a friend helping me out, but I found the two young teachers (possibly one was an assistant) incredibly helpful. The lead teacher had printed out templates for the starflies and had collected piles of paper (magazines and old school bumf) for us all to use, even though I did also bring my own.
We chatted for 5 mins or so beforehand to check that everyone was clear about the project before started with the year 4’s. All went really well and the morning just flew by, with everyone seeming to enjoy themselves.
Afternoon session with year 6 was slightly different…… my helper had to work elsewhere, so I was on my own. I was ‘greeted’ by two older teachers who hadn’t prepared anything – they even asked what my name was in front of the class! They sat in the corner looking at the pc, playing loud music as ‘it calmed the kids’ while I tried to explain to the class what the project was about.
Although we did achieve quite a lot, it was a difficult session as some of the boys were out of control and I had to ask them several times to try to make something (while the two teachers sat oblivious to it all) To compromise, the boys made a lot of robots, which I have no idea how I will hang.
Am I being naive thinking that this is normal teaching practise, or is this what an artist should expect in a school?