Your child will use what they already know about the world around them, to inspire and empower them as digital creators

How we teach

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Learning creative digital media isn't about staring at a screen all day. We employ a variety of resources and approaches to teach. We look at art and the world about us and encourage the children to express themselves and their family life in their work, and to explore important issues such as friendship, the environment and consumerism.

For example, one of our exercises involves the children using a grid of squares and four coloured pens to try and simulate the effect of other colours using just dots. We look at Pointillism and the paintings of Georges Seurat and the children experiment with combining dots of primary colours to determine what combination of blue and yellow dots create the best green. They record their results in a chart. We look at pre-printed images with a magnifying glass, and then create images in the computer and zoom into them to see the individual pixels.

We start with what children have already learnt at school and home, and build on this knowledge to transition them to an understanding of the digital environment.

Analogue and digital

The children do not just use digital technologies to learn and create. They are expected to keep a written learning log and complete many learning and creative exercises which involve traditional tools such as paper, paint and pencils.

The children do not only learn how to originate on the computer, but also how to transfer creative work by way of scanning and photographing. For example, to create images, the children learn to photograph and scan pictures they have drawn and painted, and use computer based drawing tools such as Gimp and those provided in programs like Scratch.

Team work & peer learning

Our methods are designed to encourage self learning and discovery, sharing and problem solving. Therefore many of our activities and projects involve the children collaborating in groups or pairs. We encourage children to share their knowledge and skills with each other, and help one another.

In the early sessions of a course, we assess the children to ensure pairings are constructive and mutually beneficial for each child.

Using the internet

Our courses involve very little use of the internet by the children, and then only under the supervision of our teachers, for example to research or view other children's work. Children completing our website design course, have their websites uploaded for them by the teachers.

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