Vision Fountain have piloted advanced photographic techniques at Pantyscallog Primary School in North Merthyr, funded by Cardiff University* / Fusion Initiative.
We introduced 2.5-d parallax portraiture, time lapse, image animations and voice recordings into the classroom environment using the children’s local and family heritage as a basis for the work. Concentrating especially upon local energy heritage.
The children were given ownership of the visual and audio assets that they created over the series of classroom workshops.
The children directed Vision Fountain to locations they had chosen and those assets were also edited into the short film that you can see below. The film was screened at the Red House, Merthyr, May 2017.
The children also created portraits of one another. A few are below.
Project evaluation, carried out by each pupil, and the brilliant, Mrs Jill Thomas, was displayed along with the film, at a Fusion funded conference held by Cardiff University* 29.03.17 and attended by members of the arts community, educators and Arts Council of Wales chair Dr Phil George. The project received praise for the novel methods as well as the inclusion and the degree of ownership given to the pupils.
The project, carried out within a limited time-frame and budget, was deemed a great success by the pupils, the class teacher, and the head, Mr Darren Thomas.
The project was screened at Red House during the lead up to the Merthyr Rising festival.
*Pantyscallog Primary “My energy Heritage” project was lead by Cardiff University Inst. of Health and Well-being under the name of “From Port to Pit to Port” funded by Welsh Government’s Fusion Initiative.