The brief for this piece of work was simply to have the experience of working with others to produce a piece of art. The only boundaries given were the size of the work and the medium was primarily paint and that pupils would work for about ten minutes before moving on to a different section. Overall pupils found the experience liberating and negative thoughts about the work being too ‘messy’ became positive once they were very involved with the process. They also experienced having other pupils add to their designs, and we discussed how this felt and also how it felt for their work to be ‘owned’ by all of them. Here is what pupils said of their experience:
Khai: I don’t normally do messy art. I wasn’t expecting to like it. I ended up enjoying it!
Nadia: I enjoyed the experience. It wasn’t what I expected it to be.
Bethan: I thought it would be really fun and it was! You could be messy and do whatever you liked.
Thomas: I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it but working as a team and seeing the final result changed that.
Kate: I didn’t enjoy it at first. But then I got into it and enjoyed it.