The research conducted for the development of my final year Research Paper 4-6 year old children and Digital Media, together with the insight into today’s educational system, acquired through volunteering as teaching support at Hyde Park Infant School (Plymouth, UK), have guided and informed the design process for this fun and engaging course I have called “Digital Artists“.
Digital Artists’ mission is to support children (the ‘little artists’) on their individual journey of self discovery. Little artists are encouraged to use the digital platform as a stage, where their imagination and curiosity can perform without boundaries, encouraging all forms of innovation – from creating their very own characters, to designing worlds, through visual programming.
With their boundless curiosity, fertile imagination, and natural mastery of the art of self-directed learning, children have much to teach adults about creativity and innovation. That’s perhaps even more true with today’s “digital natives,” says developmental psychologist Edith Ackermann, whose work explores—and exploits—the intersections of play, learning, design, and technology.
Digital Artists is not currently running any sessions due to it needing to transition from face to face workshops onto an online format. Work is being done behind the scenes to adapt the lessons and create a new, vibrant and engaging Online Artists. Please keep an eye on the site for news on when the new course will go live.