In Autumn 2012 the A&DS Education team worked with schools around Scotland to give children the opportunity to see their place from an unusual perspective.
Working with large aerial images of each location children were given the chance to design a creative response that would change, highlight, or enhance their place and to film it from the air. These cross-curricular workshops, facilitated by the A&DS Education team and documented by DO Architecture, targeted Curriculum for Excellence outcomes in language, expressive arts, social studies and technologies.
In Inverness children from Muirtown Primary School focused on the Caledonian Canal and linked its history and purpose to their everyday life through the use of blue umbrellas and choreography. Their story begins with the representation of the movement of water through lock gates, transforming into a wave motion surrounding one of the chambers, highlighting safety and fluidity. This workshop included a historical presentation from Stephen Wiseman of the Waterways Trust and boat trips with Mike Lofts of Scottish Canals.
On the Isle of Harris children from Leverhulme Memorial and Shelibost Primary Schools worked with the landscape and forms of Northton Beach to develop a visual narrative that utilised movement and the coastline to tell of joy, freedom, taming the landscape and the relationship to the local community. This workshop included a visit to the Seallam! Visitors Centre and a historical talk by Bill Lawson.
Children from Inveraray Primary School were inspired by their town and surroundings to create striking visual images, inscribed on the landscape with fabric, to communicate personal and community narratives of daily life, history and productivity.
Films of all the interventions and of the workshop process are featured in an exhibition, developed in partnership with RCAHMS, which showcases aerial images from several of their publications and opened in The Lighthouse on 25th October 2012. There is a link to view these films above. There is also a link to the case study of the workshops.