Here's an update from Education Demonstrator Kristina Zavros on Takeover Day at the Walker:
Big Art was lit up by the sound of laughter and camera flashes as our little visitors took over Big Art for the day. The event was part of the Kids in Museums Manifesto 2012, which aims to make galleries family friendly. We provided children with digital cameras and our helpful volunteer David rewarded children with a certificate and a sticker for taking part. Our aim was for children to take over the gallery and explore by becoming little reporters, having fun and taking pictures of the things that they enjoyed most in Big Art. Children of all ages had fun photographing everything from a dragon, birds in cases, instruments, dressing up costumes, interactive toys and play dough. Families took part in fun interactive songs and a dinosaur story and one child decided to photograph our story mat. The tea set, dinosaur craft activity and interactive musical gramophone seemed to be some of the children’s favourite objects to photograph. Here’s some of the comments from our young reporters: “I love coming here for songs and playing with the play dough.” – Matilda “I took part in writing my name on the magnetic board, drawing with chalk on paper we drew fish and played with the puppets. I like the dragon puppet the most!” – Kian “She liked drawing dinosaurs.” – Miska’s mum “I took pictures of the dinosaur book.” – Daisy Erin “I enjoyed playing with the tea set. Playing with the play dough, I also liked looking at the birds in the cases and pressing the buttons on the big musical gramophone.” - Ben Check out our flickr site to see the kids in action.