Mini creative activity in teaching session

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drawing and words 1 drawing and words 2

15 minutes workshop at end of Carol Holliday teaching session:

Moving and memory – remember a moment or event of joyness – adopt the physical shape or posture from this moment. Holding the feeling, the physicality of it.  Then find a position of joyless. Do you remember the place you were, your posture, the tension. What was your shape then – recreate the pose.

What exists in the area between these polarities. So what shape are you now what shape are you in.

Students worked in pairs and drew around each other on the large paper (now full of notes from their work). Shapes of bits of themselves or the whole of themselves – sometimes an elbow or a leg folded or a body in a difficult pose – there were overlaps and interactions – a map of marks. I asked them to write within their shape 3 words that eclipsed their discussions and learning today or that come to mind. From these they had to make a narrative in a few minutes only – a dialogue, a short story, a poem .

I asked them to consider their silhouettes on the large sheet of paper. They could cut them out and take them away but this suddenly seemed difficult because there were relationships and overlaps – what would be left? The negative space has its own nature.

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