What a great afternoon – such enthusiasm and joy

Stef had done a great job of organising rooms and providing snacks and drinks. She had also planned a varied and exciting agenda. The classes were divided into three groups, orange, purple and green, and rotated through activities which included:

  • badge making
  • writing feedback and drawing pictures about the project
  • having their photos taken with their mite, beanbag and feedback
  • playing games
  • and most excitingly – an accident and emergency simulation

The students from Seahaven Academy joined us for the latter part of the afternoon, and we all attended the premiere of the animations,;Mafia Mites, Love at first Mite, and Lady Jusy Burrowing-Down. Red carpets for all the mites!

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The children arrive. Helpers in the foreground getting ready for hard work

it was a hot day, and the children had walked from Coldean to Falmer, so they needed a bit of a rest before starting.

It was lovely that towards picking-up time, parents arrived. The children enjoyed showing them pictures of the workshops, and the textile mites and beanbags they had made.

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Parents came to see what the children had been doing in the project

 

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Playing Scabies Scramble

The high point of the afternoon was the premiere of the animations that all the participants, mites included had contributed to.

 

 

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watching the animations

After this there was a vote for the best animation, and a prize for the group from Seahaven Academy who had taken the photographs and worked on the story.

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A gorup photo of all the children with their scabies mites

 

The animations will be posted on here once they have been finalised.

It’s our celebration event today!

We have come to the end of the project and it’s time to celebrate with the children from coldean Primary school and the students from Seahaven Academy.

They will be arriving at 2pm for an afternoon of games, badge making and an exciting A&E simulation. This will be followed by the premiere of the animations and some prizes.

Then aome refreshmenta before home

Celebration event – 11th July 2018

TEXTILES AS A MEDIUM FOR RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT SCABIES

The end of project celebration will take place in the afternoon of the 11th July.

Pupils from Coldean Primary School and Seahaven Academy will be there to show their textile work and a preview of the animation featuring their scabies mites, and based on their stories.

Invitation for 11th July

 

Top-up workshop on stories at Seahaven Academy

As the project has progressed it has become clear that the stories for the animations need additional input. The workshop with the younger children at Coldean School was vibrant and exciting, but the number of children made it quite hard to firm up any ideas, so it was decided to slot in another, interim workshop before the main animation one in June.

This took place last Thursday,  and some of the work will be posted when I receive it.

Workshop 3 Storytelling, at Coldean Primary School

This was the last workshop at the school, and alongside the planned activities it provided the opportunity for those children who hadn’t done so earlier to finish their mites and complete their badges.

Twelve students from Seahaven Academy who are studying GCSE photography joined us for the workshop to meet the younger children, learn about scabies and the project, and take photos and videos in preparation for their own workshop later on, in June.


Julie Middleton was the storytelling facilitator, and did a marvelous job, despite the incredible noise levels – note to self, if I do this again, spread the groups across two or three rooms!

Julie had organised three story lines that the groups to develop, and these are shown below.

 

storyline

storyline

 

storyline


Meanwhile the late-finishers were beavering away at their mites next door. Lots of glue was used, so it was necessary to take some home and add a few helpful stitches to the larger beads.


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Piles of scabies mites, they look so amazing


Towards the end, the children played Scabies Scramble with their lovely beanbags.

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Scabies Scramble mid-game

 

Cutting and sewing beanbags over the Bank Holiday weekend

The weather was so lovely, it seemed a shame to sit inside sewing. So this was an evening job.

Fabric

Fabric

Digital printed fabric unfurled before cutting

Cutting the fabric is much easier using a rotary cutter on a self healing mat. Make sure the blade is nice and sharp; I started with a rather blunt one, and realised I hadn’t changed the blade for quite a while. It cuts SO much better now.

Rotary cutter and fabric

Cutting with a rotary cutter is the easiest way to get neat edges

Fabric cut

Neatly cut beanbag blanks

I worked out a quick method to sew them without cutting the thread each time, but of course they have to be separated at some point.

Video to follow…

 

Turning them inside out was a bit of a chore, but when done whilst watching The Woman in White, it was bearable.  Using a collar turner to pocke the corners helped to make these crisp.

Turned bags

Turned beanbags ready for filling – thanks to Wilkie Collins for the entertainment

 

Preparing for Workshop III

The next workshop will concentrate on storytelling – with our lovely storytelling facilitator Julie. Half the group will do this,  whilst the other group will fill and sew closed the beanbags decorated with prints of their own drawings.

I filled my trial beanbags with out of date mung beans and wheat grain that I had in the cupboard. I am a little reluctant to use mung beans, as they are a food crop, but then wheat is as well! I know some people use rice, so I may choose that instead… perhaps I will let the price decide.

Whilst there will be a chance to finish off their mites, I really want the story telling to take precedence. Students from Seahaven Academy are coming to the workshop to work with the younger children to draw storyboards and take photos of them telling the stories with their mites. If the mites aren’t completed at this point I don’t think this is a real problem, as the stories will still work.

The final workshop will be at Seahaven Academy when one or two digital media professionals will work with the GCSE students to create ‘multi-media collages’ of their photos and videos based on the storyboards from Workshop III.

All very exciting.

Today was Workshop II at Coldean Primary School; it was such fun

Despite the heat, or maybe because of it, everyone was in a happy mood today. I arrived late because my satnav took me to the wrong entrance, but I don’t seem to be able to find the school by my own navigation either; I have got lost each time!

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Stef giving a short recap on a few points of information on scabies

 

So today was:

  • mite decorating
  • mat making and
  • creating information sheets about scabies

Time was a little short to complete all the tasks, so the children will be completing their wonderfully creative information sheets tomorrow. I hope to be able to share some of these with you next week when we get them from the school.

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One of the completed information sheets

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children sewing mites

Mite decorating

 

children on mat

Making the mat, four children opted to sew on the mites, others stuck them down

The games mats came on in leaps and bounds, with children both glueing and sewing the mites down.

 

boy sewing

It was so exciting that the children wanted to sew

 

children sewing

The workshop required considerable concentration

 

completed mite

One of the completed mites

 

brightly decorated mite

Wow – bright or what?

 

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Mites on the modular games mat – decorated with glitter glues

 

glued mites

More glitter decorated mites

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A selection of mites

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A few more of the mites

 

There will be an opportunity to finish off decorating the mites during the next session, but so far they are stunning – colourful and beautifully decorated.

 

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The team