Shona MacGillivray's profile

« Back to Member's Projects

  • Our BIG Book of Colours

    Created 2010-09-29 by Shona MacGillivray

    Location: Urban - Co. Clare

    Duration: 2010-09-29 to 2010-12-20

Project Outline

The children were introduced to one colour at a time...via watered down tempera paints on wet paper. We also read/looked at  Dr Suess, My Many Coloured Days, many times.They were asked how they felt about the colour and then to paint anything they thought about.The teachers and I recorded their comments. Most of them completly covered a page in fluid colour, telling me it was a Dragon,  a Fire Truck, or A Bouncey Castle (for Red). For the older children faces appeared, and hearts and landscapes. I wanted them to experiance each colour seperatley, and was curious how they would tackle being given no subject matter to paint. As sessions progressed, I introduced a vague subject matter, as I could see some of them floundering, not having the confidence or know- how to go with their own thoughts, particulary the 11yrs and up.All these children have learning difficulties or/and behavoiral issues, and for some participants allowing free expression is great fun, for others intimidating, and others permission to create creative mayhem! I presented some of their work in book form, each child contributing paintings to one of two books, to be kept in the school. From this project I have ideas of further exploring their interest in facial expressions , and their desire to literaly paint arms and faces,not paper!

Project Details

  • Location: Urban
  • From date: 2010-09-29
  • To date: 2010-12-20
  • Length: 20 hours, 10 sessions x 2hrs
  • Participants per session: 26
  • Participants in total: 4
  • Contact hours: 15hrs
  • Age range of participants:
    8-11, 12-14, 15-18
  • County(ies):
  • Related Organisation(s):
    St Annes School
  • Funding Bodies:
    Embrace Arts and People With Disabilities Programme, co Clare Arts Office

Project Posts

  • The Book | Shona

    The Book of Junior Classes paintings

  • Concertina Book | Shona

    Book created using Senior classes paintings. This book can also be played...

  • Children`s Art Work | Shona

    Some of the Senior`s paintings were collaged to form this large wall display.Images...