Exploration Projects

🍀SUMMER PROJECT 2022 – MATERIALS IN DIALOUGE🍀

 

“When the child is allowed sufficient time for identifying, exploring, testing and discussing a problem, his mastery over it more easily takes on substance and becomes part of his memory and capacity for generalisation to other materials and situations.” (Vea Vecchi)

Having a meaningful dialogue with paper, metal, wood, fabric, ceramics and natural materials children can give form to their thinking and their understanding of the world.

𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝟭

The Language of Natural Materials 🌿

“Every material has its own qualities and personality. You can have a dialogue with the material and the material will reveal itself to you.” Roberta Pucci

As we begin our journey together you are invited to investigate, explore, and play within a natural environment. Throughout our time together we will formulate connections, build a sustainable mindset, foster creativity, and strengthen our relationship with the nature that surrounds us.

𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝟮

The Language of Wood 🪵

‘Listen to wood workshop’

Our journey continues with wood as we explore the beauty of colour, texture, movement, line and space found in trees and ultimately wood.  We shall see that a stick, a branch and a tree can change. Wood is everywhere but it also has a story

𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝟯

The Language of Paper 📜

‘The sound of paper workshop’

As a natural continuation of our dialogue with wood, we will explore the wonderful world of paper. Together we will progress from the narrative of its origin, production, to utilise and repurpose it. These discoveries can highlight the material’s versatility and how its purposes can be expanded and reimagined.

𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝟰

The Language of Fabric 👗

‘Dialogue with fabric workshop’

Fabrics hold so much history and sentiment for us, by examining its fibers, production, and utilities we can see so much capability in it. As we weave, sew, rip and design we can create new worlds and forms.

𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝟱

The Language of Ceramic Art 🎨

‘Creative Clay workshop’

Pottery and ceramics have been an important part of human culture for thousands of years, having played a key role in innumerable human endeavours.

The magic found in children’s imaginations will be opened as we build a relationship with this powerful material.

𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝟲   

The Language of Metal ⚙️

‘Metal in dialogue workshop’

Banging, pounding, inserting, twisting and rotating are just a few of the many possibilities discovered as we create a dialogue with everyday objects that will surprise and delight.

𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝟳

Materials in Dialogue – “Revived Objects” Exhibition 🖼

To culminate our time together we will gather our thoughts and look back on our many investigations and discoveries. As a community, we can reflect, curate, and consider how to take our discoveries with us.

“To speak to the world about children’s infinitive wealth of potential, their ability to wonder and investigate, their ability to co-construct their knowledge through active and original relational processes: this has always been the primary objective of the exhibit.” (Loris Malaguzzi)

🔸 For children from 2 years to 11 years of age who are already comfortable in a school setting

🔸 7 weeks of summer (4 July – 19 August 2022)

☀️ Limited spaces available.

Summer Project 2021

 

In celebration of nature and all that it has to offer, Aurora introduces The Summer Project ‘Garden to Table – The Language of Food and Plants’. Our purpose is to empower children with a love of good, fresh food and the skills needed to grow and prepare it.  We will learn to designgrowharvestprepare and share as we observe, investigate and become green-fingered individuals. Through the languages of science, cooking, music, storytelling, and art, children will discover the joy of nature.

Each week we will discover how to appreciate and cultivate what ends up on our plates. Our Summer project is designed over 7 weeks (5 July – 20 August 2021) for children from 2 years – 11 years of age who are already comfortable in a school setting. The project includes the following 7 chapters, corresponding to 7 weeks:

  • Chapter 1: Friendship with our Earth
  • Chapter 2: Grand Designs – Visual invention of the garden
  • Chapter 3: Green Fingers/ Become a Gardener
  • Chapter 4: Multiple levels of projection – Digital Landscapes
  • Chapter 5: Harvesting & Discovering the Elements of plants
  • Chapter 6: The nature of beauty, art, taste, and science
  • Chapter 7: Share – Master Chef’s Picnic

Children will collaborate with their friends and teachers to investigate the chapters through thought-provoking experiences and invitations inside and outside the school. We are looking forward to a summer project that lives and breathes sustainability.