In this part of the course you will explore how Sita and Jane develop story ideas from the artwork, the treasure hoard and the discussion.
Time to complete: 1 hour
Resources needed: notebook, artwork from part 3
In creating communal word-flow poems or prose I look for a repeated idea of refrain that can help to bring together the thoughts and creative writing of many people in the room. I will try to capture the mood of what is being said and then build a refrain around that.
It may be ‘real world’ e.g. a story inspired by a cup that travelled from India to London or Mythical and surreal e.g. ‘a mythological mud-larking tea-drinking creature!’
As students paint their communal rivers encourage students to focus on things that connect.
This refrain is often collaboratively built and when the word-flow is finally ‘set’ and read aloud together there is real joy in reading this refrain and memorising it. Reciting the poem is often how we start the next class… remembering this shared experience.
Rivers flow through the people in this room
These are our trees of home
Encourage students to explore the ‘genre’ of the story they are telling in art and writing.
Look at other stories that share genre to the stories students have written – this will enable them to see that they are engaged in the same processes as writers and illustrators use.
a mudlarking mermaid with emerald hair,
drinking tea from a porcelain cup
she might not care.
Remember the sandals on the edge of the water? Offer students the same visual stimulus and ask them to respond in ‘word-flow.’
Encourage students to see that the same theme or image can ignite many different stories.
Etc. etc. etc. …. As long as a never-ending sari ( now there’s a story!) and as free and floating as your imagination…
Crane your neck to see, to sea Crane your neck to see We’re mudlarking Jane and I painting and writing stories together there is treasure in this tributary Stories flowing from a teacup Elephants from Ice fairs on the Thames skate by From Victorian times or Georgian underneath the ice there lies a piece of porcelain Stories flowing from a teacup We dig up porcelain and earthenware as we forage in the silt of the Thames and the Hooghli rivers Larking around letting our imagination flow back and forth in the flow Stories flowing from a teacup Victorian or Georgian hands connect distant lands cross rivers, oceans, sea and tea! or Chai Steam floating Wave painting Stories flowing from a teacup Picking tea sipping sweet in earthenware cups broken after use Silhouetted against the sunset or the mists of dawn Pieces floating down the river towards each other Stories flowing from a teacup Sharp edges worn smooth by time and waves Stories flowing from a teacup I see a family sitting on a ghat on the river Hooghli drinking tea from an earthenware pot stories flowing from a teacup I see patterns inspired by the India tree and grandma offering me a sweet cup of tea Stories flowing from a teacup I see children wafting a bright pink sari washing and playing screeching, calling, splashing laughing folding I see mudlarking mermaids cranes landing on the river Ching whales navigating the Thames Stories flowing from a teacup We share the sweetness of these moments igniting imaginations stories flowing from a teacup.