“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl
These last words of the internationally loved children’s author sung in the ears of the children, artists and staff as they left the unique family learning and museum project delivered during this Easter break. The project was a collaboration between Creative Junction, Slough Borough Council and the Roald Dahl Museum, involving nine Looked-After children, two artists, heaps of pencils, paper, glorious ideas inspiration of Roald Dahl.
As a final superdooperly instalment of this project, the book the children created will be shared at the Roald Dahl International Festival in Norway later this summer and they will have the opportunity to speak with other children around the world about their experience using Creative Junction’s e-community (www.ecommunity.creativejunction.org.uk/).
The six fantabulous days included getting to know one another, trips to the Museum, working closely with the two artists to develop their own characters and producing a the paintings of their characters. Theatre practitioner Rachel Sears and published children’s illustrator Sue Rollings led the group, closely supported by the learning participation team at the Council and the children’s carers.
The children were VIPs at the Museum, learning about the life and work of Roald Dahl. They returned at the end of the project to perform and present their collection of limited edition paintings to the public, which are now being exhibited at the Museum for the Summer. The group were joined by the Commissioner for Children’s Services from Slough Borough Council who has also requested for the pieces to be hung permanently at the Council’s main offices.
The self-named ‘Scooperfastic Band’ of children will each keep their original work and receive a published book that documents the process and work.
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