As a way of celebrating continuing creative work with young children, I was asked to take part in the Story Catching project for Creativity Culture Education. Two recent Early Years projects were identified and a positive story or learning journey was captured in each, following the Story Catching framework. This involved identifying the main characters within each story, the setting, their mission and achievements.
Stories were captured for the monthly Mini Art Club I run at Manchester Art Gallery, and also for a positive learning journey of two boys - 'The Gunpowder Plot', identified during the recent Midas Touch project for National Museums Liverpool in St Helens.
In both, time was given to capture images and sound recordings, interview participants, collate information and put together a story. The stories were originally designed to sit within two micro-sites designed by Rachael Kearney at Grassroots Creative. Unfortunately, time and web development restrictions on CCE's side, meant that it was sadly not possible to support the two beautiful micro-sites that were originally designed.... I am still hoping to find somewhere else to host these so watch this space!
In the mean time, content for the two stories can be viewed on the Creativity Culture Education website, although not as originally planned and created:
Mini Art Club at Manchester Art Gallery: http://www.creativitycultureeducation.org/our-programmes/story-catching/mini-art-club,448,AR.html
The Gunpowder Plot at Midas Touch, St Helens: http://www.creativitycultureeducation.org/our-programmes/story-catching/gunpowder-plot-at-midas-touch,449,AR.html
You can also see the original microsites here by following these links:
For general information about Story Catching and to read one of the other 14 stories selected from across England go to: http://www.creativitycultureeducation.org/our-programmes/story-catching/