100 Kids

On Friday, 24 October 2014, RECURSIVE is going to be transformed by the questions of 100 thirteen and fourteen year olds – OMG!

Greenwich Free School – Year 9 will be joining us as part of a tour around Second Floor Studios & Arts.

They’re on a one day visit to no format gallery, Thames Barrier Print Studio, the Education Space and one-on-one (well, one-on-100) professional visits to artists and makers studios.

I’m ready though. I think I know how to answer, ‘Wots that then?’


The question I had most today was, “Miss, I don’t know what to draw, what should I draw?”

It was a delight to watch these kids ponder the artworks. Sometimes they were utterly baffled, sometimes they simply enjoyed their own creativity, and at others they really engaged with the works, looking carefully as they drew. Speaking with one of the teachers, I learned that Greenwich Free School is a new school in its third year and they are just beginning to build an arts education programme. Today’s visit to RECURSIVE was their first experience of a white cube space.

The encouraging thing behind this story is the parents. The parents of Greenwich Free School wanted their children to receive education in the arts and so the school is working to meet their demand. The new east wing of the school, which houses the art studios, will open next year. Any child educator and good parent knows the importance of learning through sensory stimulation and broadened experience, this is what art in school provides. Today I saw some kids who felt self-conscious about their lack of drawing skills, but were curious about other issues related to art, like why some smudges were worth millions. Other kids were proud of the drawings they produced and this gave them confidence. Overwhelmingly, the task they enjoyed the most was working collaboratively to create a still life drawing. Each mark was their own mark in the bigger picture.

Here are some pictures from today…

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5 thoughts on “100 Kids

    1. Thanks Dan. Yes, I hope to be able to catch some of the discussion, though I think permissions may be needed to actually record it. I won’t be able to photograph any of the kids without permission. I’m already thinking about ways I can work around this to preserve identities but to show engagement with the works.

    1. Well, it’s the ultimate challenge isn’t it? Talking to a group of young teens trying to condense and encapsulate a message that will make them think. A particular challenge with 100 of them! It’s the reminder to stay real that I like đŸ™‚

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