This creative survey is designed for school children in rural areas. Initially a pilot project was delivered at Whaley Thorns Primary School over 2 days in May, this work will be extended into other cluster schools during the year.
The concept is to provide an understanding of what it means to live and go to school in a rural environment, and will research how children in other countries have very different experiences.
Following this period of research, a simple creative survey was written up followed by drawing exercises. The day was designed to bring a new understanding to the meaning of ‘rural’ and how it differs to ‘urban’.
By using visual images of other places, and other people, the children will experience a wider reference, which may help them to understand their own environment differently.
Their journey into school is the focus of the work, which enables the creative survey to be both personal and individual. The emphasis is on observation, and what is seen on their journey. These will become significant reference points to inspire the drawings. The work will be exhibited within the school and communities will be invited to visit the work as part of the recognition of the voices of young people and their creative and personal views and aspirations.