Name of Artist Educator: Ki Wong
Excercise Category: Visual storytelling
From the name of a place, we could see what people do there, or what kind of imagination people have for the place.
Concept / Inspiration:
From the name of a place, we could see what people do there, or what kind of imagination people have for the place. Simply start form the name, first imagine it and then go exploring – walk into the real world from the two-dimensional world, explore the place firsthand and try to relate to it. During the journey, everyone has his/her own thoughts on what to be recorded through camera. Students could use words and pictures to create their own travel journals/albums, including travel routes, landmarks, local people, objects, events and feelings.
- Arouse students’ curiosity towards the place and encourage them to explore new places
- Train their ability of imagination and observation against themselves
- Learn the linkages between people and matters outside
- Encourage students to express their opinions
Materials / Equipment:
Part One: Map (1 per person), highlighter, pen, drawing paper, plastic tapes
Part Two: Camera, highlighter, pen, 10 A5 size paper per person
1.Educator first prints out the maps of areas near the school, map ratio should be zoomed until the name of the buildings and streets can be seen clearly.
2.Divide the area around school campus into 4 sections. Printing size of each section: A3/ Approximately 59.4 x 84.1 cm. Each student gets one copy.
Lesson begins (suggested to hold in two days separately):
Part One | Travel on paper (First day, duration: 2 hours)
1.Each student is distributed with a map. Combine four maps together for a complete campus area map. Remind students to be aware of the names of places and buildings on the map bit by bit.
2.Circle their residence locations, school and places they always visit. Apart from school, home, leisure facilities and malls, let them discover the places they did not know about or seldom noticed.
3.By the place names, look for somewhere they feel interested on the map. Casually imagine a story, they could write or draw their ideas for record. The content of imagination could be the appearance of the place, matters happened there or what kind of people are living there, etc.
4.After the story is finished, students read their works out. Finally, according to the imagined stories, vote the place they want to visit the most.
Note 1: When students are choosing the place names for story creation, do not limit their choice and space for imagination. Even the place is considered dull, through imagination it could be an interesting place.
Part Two | Outdoor shooting (Second day, duration: half day)
1.From the nearest stop from the campus, students start to take photos at that point. In their own ways, every student records the journey until arriving the destination, including: What were you attracted to? Which scenery/ object could be used as a road mark?
2.Students could take pictures freely when they arrived the destination, and they are required to look for an event, a person or an object (for examples, food, building, plant, or anything students feel attached to), or environment/scenery, as a theme to further understand and record it down. They could also enrich the content through doing interviews.
3.Everyone returns to school and makes a travel album under the name of the chosen place. Every student would be distributed with 10 A5 size papers, print the pictures out and write down the contents. At the end, put the sheets together and bind a book.
1.Students may go to remote areas for outdoor shooting, so educators should be clear about the locations and invite other educators to go along when necessary. Besides, it is worth trying even students are not familiar with the destination, educators should avoid being the guide of direction.
2.When walking with students, students are expected to depend on themselves and decide which direction to go.
3.Allow students to make bold imaginations. When students are sharing their wild thoughts, educators should teach others to accept, respect and listen, because there is no right or wrong talking about imaginations.
When students were going through the session of Travel on Paper, some teachers revealed the details of the place where students felt interested at the beginning, consequently made the students lost their curiosity. Therefore teachers should not reveal any actual information about the places, so the students could have more space for imagination.
A student was curious about Tai Wong Kong Street Temple. He related to artist Anderson Junior, who is known as “Tai Wong”. In compare with the solemn atmosphere of the temple, the imagination created a funny effect. There was another student that imagined “Lo Fu Hang” a place hanged with many tiger heads, which gave the place a surreal impression.