First, the children showed residents the drawings they’d made during their visit to the Lowestoft Maritime Museum just before half term.
After that, everyone got to draw – this time to music. Artist Kate played a selection of music, all with a maritime theme, including the classic by Charles Trenet – La Mer. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the activity of mark-making to music; some even sang along to the songs, as you can see here.
The main activity of the afternoon was to create a shoal of multi-coloured fish. Having drawn the outline on clear acetate, the group worked in pairs to select different coloured acetate with which to decorate their fish.
It required all hands on deck to cut out and stick down, and there was much chat as they discussed whether there should be scales or stripes on their own particular ‘silver darlings’.
Finally, when all were complete, Kate and Lynn set the scene for a shadow display of the fantastic fish.
Curtains were drawn, lights dimmed. Using a sheet and a strong light behind, they transformed the corner of the room into a shadow puppet theatre and children and adults alike were thrilled as the fish ‘swam’ back and forth and occasionally ‘leapt’ out of the sea; clearly, they were flying fish.
We’ll be developing the shadow puppets over the coming weeks. In the meantime, here are a few more photos from the afternoon.