Dancer and choreographer, Mhairi Allan, received a bursary to shadow Starcatchers artists as they delivered our Creative Skills programme in Aberdeen. Here she reflects on her experience and the contribution it has made to her development as an early years artist. ‘Create a sense of wonder’ was a phrase often used throughout the Creative… Read more »
Creative Skills participants have fed back that in some settings, there is a tension between giving children the freedom to create whatever they choose, and the pressure to have, for example, a Christmas craft or Mother’s Day card that ‘looks like something’. How can we encourage adults to be more mindful of, and value, the process a child goes through when they have complete freedom of expression, which can give truly magical insights into how they think and feel?
Since 2013 Starcatchers has delivered artist-facilitated training for early years professionals across Scotland, building creative confidence and sharing open structures to give babies and young children a voice through the expressive arts. Here, Creative Skills Manager, Heather Armstrong, reflects on the role of adults in child-led practice.
Yola Sornsakrin, a social work student from Berlin, Germany, spent six months working with Starcatchers across our community engagement and professional development projects. During my six months internship with Starcatchers I had the chance to observe and support many projects, including the Community Engagement projects Creative Kin and Expecting Something and their professional development programmes… Read more »
Christine Devaney reflects on how Froebel’s ideas about creativity are a fundamental part of Starcatchers’ Creative Skills professional development.