On Saturday 27th September I ran a day of drop-in workshops at The Herbert for anyone who wanted to take part. It was a great day of creative play using found oject photographs as the stimulus. The idea was to consider the objects more; to add worth and value to these discarded things; to allow them to spark creativity and imagination; to have fun.
There were 5 different activities people could take part in, here are some example pictures of what was produced:
1) Using a found object as a starting point for a drawing or picture.
2) Creating a display case and showing objects inside.
3) Producing Found Object Top Trumps.
4) Making a story board narrative involving the objects.
5) Found object equations - considering the subjective value of an item.
It was a lot of fun and some really inventive work was produced. What struck me was the lack of fear that children have when they set out to create something. So often adults can be paralysed with a sense of worry or fear about messing up a drawing or not knowing how to start. And yet the children who took part weren't phased by drawing a dragon or whatever; they just went for it - and usually they turned out brilliantly. It's a good thing to learn from.