Looking in, Looking out: Windows and Doors

We’re having lots of fun at our ‘Looking In Looking Out’ sessions with our movement artist Lizzie Swinford and printmaker Catherine Cartwright. This week the children were exploring doorways and windows at Stoke Canon church, including hidden little windows…

Exploring hidden windows

…as well as big ones:

stained glass window

We hung lycra in the doorway and the children (with help from their parents!) hung bells on it and enjoyed the sound, feel and movement of their creations.

Baby exploring texturesThe children also wrapped elastic around the church pews and across the nave.

They had a go at making stained glass windows, having explored the windows in the building. They also hung their little windows in the doorway at the end.

stained glass window

Looking in, Looking out is our new six week block for under-5s and their parents. Running alongside our existing Stoke Canon Scallywags group on a tuesday morning, we’re exploring the church and surrounding garden, looking at it from the inside and outside and playing with the spaces in between – doorways, windows and passages.  Using printmaking and movement we’re finding new ways to encounter the outdoors and discovering some of the corners of the building that we usually don’t notice or even, aren’t allowed in!  Through the sessions we’ll be researching and analysing the value of two artists working together.  What is the nature of the collaboration between Carousel artists and how does it enhance the experience for the children and families? Read more about our year long research project ‘Round and Round you Turn me’, which these sessions form a part of, here.

Don’t miss our last week of ‘Looking in, Looking out’ on tuesday 3rd June. Join us then, 9.30-11am at Stoke Canon Church Hall and grounds!

Thanks to Lizzie and Catherine for these lovely photos and session summary.


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