Fabulous Fish was a Brilliant Makers workshop, raising ocean awareness at Ridgefield Primary School, Cambridge.
Brilliant Makers Clubs, is a campaign supporting and championing making experiences in schools for learning and creative thinking.
This session was aimed at children who love making, and was limited to six pupils, to allow for a rich and rewarding experience, and plenty of time to play with materials.
We had an old copy of BBC’s ‘The Blue Planet’ (David Attenborough), with beautiful underwater photos to inspire the children in their making, as well as Joëlle Jolivet’s ZOOology and The Usborne First Encyclopaedia of Seas and Oceans for reference.
The challenge was to transform old plastic milk bottles and plastic packaging into fish or underwater creatures.
The brief was simple – that the old packaging had to be completely unrecognisable by the end of the process, and completely transformed into a beautiful fish or sea creature. Pupils were asked if they could all produce a different animal and that everyone’s work should be highly individual and diverse.
Themes and discussions around transformation and up-cycling, were also an important part of this project and tied in with ocean awareness and the importance of disposal and re-cycling of plastics.
This post, I hope, captures this very special workshop and the children’s marvellous and imaginative interaction with both materials and themes.
Materials (all materials had had a past life):
Bubblewrap, plastic milk bottles, plastic bags, plastic packing binding, yogurt cartons etc.
Masking tape, coloured tape, PVA glue (Berol).
Many thanks for children at Ridgefield Primary School, Cambridge for sharing their ideas and creativity with AccessArt.
A huge thank you to Mr. Pillin, the site manager at Ridgefield for helping students during this session and giving them confidence to use their hands to transform and construct the world.
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