“The very best schools project ever” – Betty Rae Watkins, Josef Herman Art Foundation
“It was very exciting taking photos and making it in to a video. It was one of my favourite school days ever! Thank you Mr Duncan.” – Aran
Sights and Sounds of the Environment
Bringing the outside in – making connections in literacy and the environment
Looking and listening, seeing and hearing, exploring, investigating, discovering and sharing – this StillWalks™ project is about developing an understanding of the connections we have with our surroundings. It shows how these connections can be positive and sustainable and how all conditions of an environment, whether natural or man-made, are interconnected – landscape, season, weather, wildlife and human presence.
Developing Literacy – Linguistic. Visual. Aural.
The Sights and Sounds project provides a resource in the form of HD videos / DVD that can be used to develop literacy skills across the curriculum as well as the skills and understanding to work in similar ways with future pupils or adults. The project can also contribute significantly towards gaining the John Muir Award.
Project participants have the opportunity to work with a photographer, sound recordist, writer, visual artist and a bird expert.
The Sights and Sounds project includes contact days for:
- Pre-production – introduction to project and equipment.
- Production – planned location walk including photography, sound recording, note taking, drawing.
- Post-production – image and sound review and edit
- Script development (poetry / prose)
- Voiceover recording
- Birdsong identification
- Exhibition / screening
Schools / Community Groups are recommended to either work in clusters of four and /or carry out the project over the period of one year (four seasons) but this is not essential.
Grant application assistance is available.
* One off day workshops are also available for schools or “tag along” days for small groups.
StillWalks Projects – “Sights and Sounds of the Environment” are available for organisations, schools, community groups and the corporate sector as well as families and individuals. If you are interested in exploring the possibilities, please contact Alastair Duncan at StillWalks.
To view individual project pages, please click the links in the Projects menu.