Student Led creative session
For this, I decided to use an older session that I have used with HE and FE students around opening up and listening to a piece of music to gauge what it brings to fore what responses, this was to be completed on this occasion outside, the reason for this was to take the learners out of a normal setting into a place that is less familiar, to then add the scrambling of the mind.
To give the learners a little guidance, an email was sent out quite : Phot shown below :
- The session was delayed in starting due to the late finish of the previous session.
On arriving at the site, it was discovered that the students did not all have headphones to listen to the chosen track. This was managed through changing the session, so that students rather than hearing on an individual basis via headphones to sharing the experience with another, through listening lying down while having a phone between them.
This obviously does not give the same effect as the piece chosen had stereo layers that ned both ears to hear equally to gain a fully representation of the track.
The learners were given 2 minutes to create thoughts around the space without any input from other influences.
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After this, the learners were directed to lie and press play at the same time. The track Paranoid Android by Radio head.
After this 6m 24 sec - the group were immediately asked to creatively respond in their sketch books to the emotions that it evoked, noting any particular things, any colours, stimuli, feelings etc. They were given 2 minutes.
The group were then asked to move positions, get up and then as the track was playing to create a direct response, there were no boundaries to this.
Most people sat and drew, two of the group moved around. one creating from found natural materials.
I decided to join in this , I found this interesting, my usual creative process with this is much more static and it was interesting to see how the brain pushed for movement, I also noted down words that evokes this, hearing new things for the first time.
Feedback from learners :
That this was a little different to how they are used to working , but it was a new skill that they could employ to source creative responses
The task was quite difficult to complete as envisaged, this is partly due tot he fact that the students are not used to creating from a stimuli that isn't tangible, at the beginning of the session, they hadn't taken seriously the requests of them, that some of the requests of headphones had not been followed or alerted me to be able to source some for them to do the exercise which was frustrating. As a faculty we do not have a lot of AV equipment available but I am hoping this will change.
In terms of the session, longer was needed and the question of whether that it needed to be set outside could mean moving future session to a black space as this does not interfere with the thought process in emerging in the thought process.
On the whole it bought new skills and possibility to explore stimuli differently so it met its AIMS but at the same time, there may be different ways of achieving this. Perhaps a different song choice.