The Fandangoe Kid workshops offer young adults, schools, teachers and educators a breadth of immersive learning opportunities, tackling complex subject matters creatively and innovatively.
The workshops on offer are: -
Challenging Gender Stereotyping:
what does it mean to be a young man or woman today?
In this workshop, we explore the role of gender in today's world. Through collage, performance art, diverse printing and experimentation with a range of typographic techniques, we reflect on the pressures that young men and women experience. We respond to these pressures visually, challenging established stereotypes with radical creative outcomes.
How to be an explorer of the world:
navigating the world as an adventurer.
This workshop provides young people with a range of new and innovative ideas with which to view the world around them. By showing students new ways of recording, documenting, collecting and interpreting their surrounding environment, the workshops provide a refreshing approach to being creative in the everyday. We look at the role of ritual and the fresh new ways of making the ordinary extraordinary. Through voice recording, film, stop motion and the development of unusual visual diaries, we reconsider our world. You will never see your surroundings in the same way again!
Identity and Belonging:
who are you and where are you going?
How do you see yourself in the world? How do you think other people see you? How can creativity help you to become the person you really are, both inside and out? Looking at streams of consciousness, emotional mind maps, colour and feeling within the context of painting, drawing and textile design, we explore our own unique identities and discover more about who we are and our place in the world.
Love and loss:
how can creativity help us experience, cope with and handle such enormous emotions?
Everyone has loved and lost in some way and whether it is the loss of a relative, a role model, a pet or a material loss, the feelings of attachment and abandonment are common experiences. By visually mapping our experiences of love and loss, through graphic design, printing and film, students are invited to document this difficult process creatively. Students will be encouraged to share thoughts and feelings audiovisually and through typographic experimentation, enabling the process of grieving, bereavement and loss, in its many senses, to be mapped in a restorative and cathartic way.
Food and the senses:
when we cook, eat and taste certain foods, why do they evoke other senses?
Many people say that there is nothing better than a home cooked meal. This is often said, not because the food itself is necessarily a culinary extravaganza, but because the meal itself evokes a certain set of feelings linked to our sensory experience as a whole. When we eat something, it can take us back to a certain scene from the past, we remember where we last ate this food, what we were doing, where we were, who we were with, and the general settings and conditions in which we enjoyed the meal. Looking at the role of synaesthesia and sensory experience, this workshop focuses on the role of food and creativity. We create both gastronomically and visually experimental artists’ menus, looking at food as an immersive art form and therefore changing our relationship with how we eat on a daily basis.
Music and nostalgia:
how is what we listen to linked to memory and cognitive patterns?
We are often attracted to a particular genre of music, to a certain collection of sounds and rhythms. Young people can use music as a tool for inspiration, to aid concentration, expression and creative output, and for many, it is an essential part of their daily lives. In this workshop, we look at music and how it is linked to the memories we have, shaping our unique experience of life. Through creative mind mapping, textile design, mixed media collage and 2D/3D sculpture work, we explore the connection between music and memory in our daily lives.
Alternative Beauty and self-love:
why do we all have to be size zero and look the same?
In this workshop, we explore the pressure that young people experience in relation to body image and their physical selves. We discuss the influence of the media and reflect on the importance of self-love in a growing culture of prescriptive beauty ideals. Through creative mind mapping and bold graphic design, we create manifestoes, flyers, posters and alternative advertising
campaigns to challenge the 'size zero' media hype.
About The Fandangoe Kid:
Having worked in art education for over a decade, in institutions such as the Tate Modern and the British Film Institute, in the past two years, I have set up and built the Art and Design Department at Hackney New School and continue to successfully run this with my team. I work as a creative consultant with Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham Artist Teacher Networks, exhibiting in group shows as a practitioner and co-curating student led shows as an educator. I have a graphic design background (LCC and Goldsmiths) and have recently made a film, which I am currently editing while working on a new accompanying exhibition looking at love, loss and the way our society approaches and handles death.
I work closely with a range of creative institutions, practitioners, and art therapists, having conducted workshops at the Tate Britain and, more recently, leading a workshop about Challenging Gender Stereotyping with a wide network of schools hosted by The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle. I have collaborated with the Institut Francais, the NHS, Place2Be, and the Huffington Post amongst many others, in an artist teacher capacity.