In January 2009, SFN was asked to run a version of their microscope-drawing workshops for some very small people: pre-school children!
In this session at ArtPlay, we incorporated movement activities as a way to build on our collective observations through the microscope. We projected video of microorganisms swimming in water and copied their movements as a dancing game. Using two huge circle of paper on the floor, we created drawings of ourselves as if under a microscope or floating in a petri dish. Parents and children took it in turns to draw around each other, as well as sketch pictures of the new organisms we had met.
An excerpt from the ArtPlay program:
Open up a mind-boggling new world of discovery when you peek behind the lens of a microscope. Following a highly successful holiday program in 2008, Scale Free Network are coming back with their very popular explore and draw workshop. Inspired by the combination of science and art, parents and children will discover the invisible worlds of the micro-scale through drawing and movement.