Plan for the experimental classes at a Japanese High School in UK
Thinking of the future of Teikyo School United Kingdom Campus – Version for supervisors
The aim of this experimental project is to examine and generate methodologies of a creative workshop which will be held with local communities in King’s Cross. I am work as an art teacher and I am also responsible for the supervision of the art programme. This experiment will be proceeded as a regular art classes of Teikyo School. The classes are held once a week for 5 weeks, with each class session lasting 2 hours. Pupil groups comprise the first year pupils (age 15-16), third year A group (coeducation – age 17-18) and third year B group (football course, only boys – age 17-18).
Context of the project
Teikyo School United Kingdom is a boarding school founded in 1989, as an overseas subsidiary of the Teikyo University Group in Japan. The school is designed for Japanese whose parents are assigned to work in in Europe by Japanese governments and companies as expats. The curricula courses follow the Japanese government’s guidelines. Consequently, only Japanese pupils are studying at the school. The school has a total enrolment of 70 pupils and the age of them ranges from 15 – 18 years of age. The medium of communication on campus is the Japanese language, and most of teachers are dispatched from Japan and they can only speak basic English.
Due to such circumstances, the school is isolated by surrounded society. However, the headquarter and teachers are keen to communicate with local communities because of internationalisation is the key movement in Japan.
I have been employed by Teikyo School UK since April 2013 as an art teacher, and the headmaster of the school has requested me to create a piece of art work for exhibition at the school festival in October 2013 and throughout the summer term in 2013. At the school festival, state schools and communities in the area are invited as guests, providing a valuable opportunity for interaction between the rather closed Teikyo school and the outside world..
Summary of this project – for pupils ——————————————————————
Generally speaking, teachers and member of staff design facilities in schools, and pupils are naturally fitted into provided structure of schools. However, you spend three years as boarders thus you would have say to current situation of the campus. The aim of this project is to show your expectations and innovative ideas for improvement of the campus to teachers and the headmaster by graphic visualization.
I will ask you to draw a possible future of your campus to show your hope and expectations to be presented to member of staff. The goal (or objective) of this project is to exhibit your work in the school festival in October 2013, and your ideas n will be shared with the local people. One of the important aims of this project is to create an event/space for communication with local people through your ideas.
This project will consist of 5 sessions (5 weeks – 17th,, 31st, of May, 7th, 14th, 21st of June).
Your ideas will be delivered the teachers, headmaster and other members of staff. Nevertheless, through this project, you would experience how visual storyboarding techniques could share your visions, communicate your ideas effectively to audiences beyond the language barrier, and it may help your future studies at universities in the future.
Question1: Show me your favourite place on campus either by drawing or photographies. You will be asked to take at least10 photographs + make some sketches.
Question2: Please prepare yourselves to discuss your work in the next class, such as “why is that my favourite?” “What’s happened in there?” Write down 10 lines before you come to the next class. You also need to think about how you will organise/create your works.
The second class is a full exhibition of your work from the previous class. You will pin photographs and sketches on a wall in the art room and then we have an exhibition in this week. This session will be recorded on video, so I will ask you to sign a consent form. If you are not happy with the recording, I will arrange your work to frame out.
This week, you will be collectors. Please ask the members of staff that what/how are they feeling about your chosen area/space? Ask 3 local staff, and 3 Japanese staff. * note interviewees’ names.
If a member of staff is not interested in your chosen space, then what would you do with that?
What would you do there? What would be needed on campus to enhance the potential of the school life? Please rethink about the place and draw what is your improvement. If you would like to have a party or play out there, how would you organise such a party?
How would you utilize the place/object to communicate with the local people?
Please create your storyboards which tells the future of the campus based on your ideas for your favourite places.