Recycling images, materials ans skills

Time frame:

 

 

Length: c. 2 month

- 1introduction (1 hour)

- 1 outside activity (1,5- 2 hours)

- 3 workshops of 2,5 - 3 hours

- 3 blended parts (independent work)

Main skills to learn:

 

- skills in creating visual content : quality photos, editing images and texts 

- skills in concise story telling

- skills in co-working and sharing knowledge

- discovering local culture through visuality 

- skills to enhance one's culture of origin

Phase 1: Collecting images, materials and skills

1. Collecting images
Workshop activities

1. Intro:

  • Explain the meaning of visual culture, visual heritage and visual identity

  • Explain what skills participants are about to learn

  • Explain how to make quality photos 

2. Visiting an exhibition, museum, a library, a church, a mosque, etc.

Tasks :

  • searching for details: ornaments, figures, colors, patterns, forms reminding them elements of their culture of origin such as places or objects that they have or used to have, that they liked 

  • taking pictures of artworks

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Work in group : 
Document your own choices but also those of the others! These pictures and videos can help to tell your story later on.    

Even though you work with images, don't forget what each photo you take and you stock requires energy and even digital items has a polluting effect on environment! Therefore try not to keep thousands of images, keep the best ones and delete the rest immediately!

Objectives and newly acquired skills and knowledge :

  • discovering local visual culture

  • enhancing culture of origin

  • improving skills in visual content making

Blended part (individual work):

Tasks :

 

  • Collecting image(s) from culture of origin at home or online related to the photos taken previously

  • Story-telling exercise : Where does the picture, objects, ornament come from ? How is it related for you to the photo that you took previously? (Written answer in 1 or 2 sentences in local language or in language of origin or in English)

Examples:
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Objectives and newly acquired skills and knowledge :

  • inciting analogical thinking

  • rediscovering elements of visual culture of origin

  • learning skills in concise verbal expression

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2. Collecting materials (Blended part)

Tasks :

 

  • Collecting images of reused or recycled objects and materials at home

  • Story telling exercise : Write down their stories in one or two sentences. Answer the following questions: What was its original function, what is it made of, what do you use it for, did you transform it to give it a new function, if you did, what skills did you use?

Examples :
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A broken lamp transformed into candle holder

Wooden picture frame transformed into jewellery stocking system by adding wooden sticks

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Japanese wooden sticks transformed into hairpins

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Flower pots reused to stock pens, pencils and brushes

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Plastic bottle caps used to hold painting and to mix colors

Old plastic buttons transformed into earrings

Wooden bookshelf transformed into a unique board-game

Objectives and newly acquired skills and knowledge :

  • inciting environmental protection through recycling

  • building awareness about your old skills and your own creativity

  • exercising in newly acquired skills in visual content making 

3. Recycling skills and knowledge
  • Presenting the images', objects' and materials and their links and stories through the co-creation of a catalogue combining texts and images.

  • Discussions in the form on empathy interviews about what you discovered about your own knowledge skills through the two previous exercises of collecting images and materials.

  • Co-creation of a list of the group's members' existing skills.

Objectives and newly acquired skills and knowledge :

  • acquiring skills in photo and text editing (on the phone, on the computer or on paper depending on the opportunities

  • building awareness about possibilities to use your old skills in new circumstances

  • discovering links and resemblances between different visual cultures

  • learn to think and work in community

  • learn tools to share your story

2. Co-designing phase:
Introduction to the creative phase and preparatory tasks for the collective artwork

Workshop activities :

Part 1:

1. Trainers resume the objectives of the workshop

2. Trainers present the themes and show examples for their different uses, meanings and possible interpretations, connotations and associations:  

  • maps or roads

  • walls, gates, doors and windows

  • tree(s) and forest

  • water

  • hand(s)

  • bridge(s)

  • writing, words ans letters

Objectives and newly acquired skills and knowledge :

  • acquiring skills in comprehending multiplicity of possible interpretations of symbols and diversity

3. Participants choose a theme

Part 2:

1. Wrap up of the participant's existing skills based on the catalogue and the list created previously

2. Trainers present and propose different co-creative techniques :

  • OrnaMental map technique (drawing and painting together on a recycled object)

  • Collage technique (e.g. creating a mosaic, a board game track with invented rules, etc. 

  • Assembling techniques (e.g. to create a hanging installation)

  • Mixed techniques considering the participants specific skills (embroidery, molding, photography, plants, etc.)

3. Participants choose a technique or techniques based on their skills

4. They co-design the artwork with the trainers' help and define a role for each participant

Blended part:
  • Collecting (or creating) images or objects related to the chosen theme from local culture, from culture or origin or both (at home, in books, in the street, on the internet, in libraries our museums.)

  • Documenting them with small stories (where do they come from, what is their message, etc. ? )

Objectives and newly acquired skills and knowledge :

  • building awareness about your old skills and your own creativity

  • exercising in newly acquired skills in visual content making and in story telling

3. Co-creative phase:
Creating a collective artwork

Participants arrive with their collections of images, objects (in digital or material form).

Trainers furnish the necessary tools and materials for the artwork's realisation (e.g. : paints, scissors, molds, printed versions of the images collected by the participants.

Objectives and newly acquired skills and knowledge :

  • acquiring skills in co-working

  • building awareness about possibilities to use your old skills in new circumstances

  • discovering links and resemblances between different visual cultures

  • learn to think and work in community

  • learn extra-linguistic tools to share your story