Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Draw-bots

The draw-bot idea came not only from the fact that we are doing a robot project/exploration (as a part of the Leonardo Da Vinci project) but also about how to include everyone in my group when doing an art session. I have a child at the moment struggling with perfection and therefore choosing not to participate when it comes to group sessions... despite knowing this child is more than capable AND enjoys drawing and painting...

So I figured the draw-bots would entice the child back into the group art session... and I was right... and active happy memeber of the draw-bot art... from start to finish... and it ended up being just over an hour long... longer than I expected as the children developed the robotidea themselves...
I will explain.

The children selected three coloured pens and stuck them onto the battery-driven massager with sticky-tack.

Sometimes the pens fell off, or one did, or two.. and it was part of the excitement... and also influenced the finish project... sometimes a child put the pen too high so that it did not reach the paper... all moments to learn.

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The children talked about what they could see a whole load... soemtimes they went off topic, but you could really see how it was the art that lead them there... sometimes it was completely off-topic, and more about making plans to play in the snow later. This is natural when the children are taking turns... but there was no problem waiting... the first three drawing grabbed all the children's full attention, and then after that it drifted in and out of various conversations. There was one dialogue about what sort of words that should be used to describe the art... as the children thought that some choices were a bit rude, and that the same thing could be said in a more pleasant way... I won't go into details here, but it was interesting... and I agreed, I often feel slang words for body parts are not always totally positive, even if they are not offensive.

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The children experiemnted with light -
it was interesting to listen to their dialogue... as some were talking about what they could see on the paper, while other interpreted it as what they could see in thr room...
I asked if the could see the colours in the same way... and the children replied in the same way... those focussing on the paper could see the pen colours were no longer as bright, but those focussing on the room could still see colours, as there was light coming in from the windows across the room...

I had taken two "robots" with me... the massager and also a bug... the bug was harder... as it did not vibrate, the wheels meant the pens did not work when attached to them, and there were too many on the sides not to put a pen on the side...

Eventually one of the children suggested that a pen should be attached to the front of the bug... it was one the could reverse... but it did not do so much of that, maybe the pen was a bit heavy, but also I think the batteries were not 100% and seriously affected the  bug movement... but the children were delighted...

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The children worked in pairs to create and bugbot art... first making sure the bugbot did not escape the paper, and then colouring in the art... I really had not expected the children to do the colouring in...  I thought they would be ready to move and play outside in the snow... but they were enthusiastic to the end and colured in their art...

Here you can see our robot art gallery







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