Adapting to COVID-19 Restrictions

I was due to start a work placement in January 2021 at The Hollies, a Cardiff primary school supporting pupils diagnosed with Autism. But COVID-19 restrictions resulted in the school moving to online learning for the start of the Spring Term.

 

The pupils I was scheduled to work with were 3 - 5 years old, so a remote arts workshop delivery method was required that would also involve the parents. The school was keen to find an innovative form of engagement that didn't rely solely on using a computer screen. Working in collaboration with the class teacher we settled on producing a series of short videos that could be made available on the class website. 

 

The videos offer ideas and activities encouraging the children to leave the computer to try things out for themselves, before taking photos of their creations to share and celebrate on the class website.

 

Needing to communicate by letter with the children and their parents I created a cartoon logo of myself, and to ensure that all children had equal access to materials we sent out a basic art kit, which proved very popular.

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Once completed, the videos have been incorporated into an easy to navigate PowerPoint, with printable examples of the artwork produced in each film. PECS picture symbols have been included for greater accessibility.

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Example Video - Introducing Sue the artist and the project to the children and their parents

This exciting project is ongoing, the feedback from the school and the families has already been positive. Please check back in to see updates and a gallery of the children's artwork.