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Daylight Painting with Marner Primary and Phoenix School

Submitted by Education on Mon, 18/02/2019 - 11:57

In November and December 2018, Bow Arts and artist Damien Robinson worked with Marner Primary and Phoenix School to guide them through the processes of photography, digital art and design.

The project formed part of this year’s Bow Arts and Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES) Programme - designed to bring together pupils and staff from different backgrounds to work in partnership.

The project started with a joint CPD session for staff to introduce the daylight painting photographic process. The technique, aimed at facilitating communication and access, had been piloted as part of Shape Arts’ contribution to Tate Exchange - looking at how people interact with and produce art that discusses disability. Teaching staff were given the opportunity to make and experience the associated media, materials and equipment and explore how the approaches might enhance their own teaching practice.

Damien then worked with classes from both Marner and Phoenix over a series of workshops. Pupils learnt to create their own light tools out of found and specialist materials, before using them to create their own expressive light paintings.

I liked when we made the torch lights and the best thing about the torch lights is when you pressed a button and you see different colours from the rainbow!

Pupil feedback


The project was showcased in an end of term exhibition, where classes shared their work with their peers, staff and family members.

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