Play, education, community, art, culture, music, dance, outdoor life

DAY OFFER: Bakkegården

Institution: Bakkegården

Period: March-June 2022

Chair: Anja Lund Potter

Artist: Mette Trillingsgaard

Art form: Music

Kick-off meeting: Feb. 2022


- How have you experienced the co-creation between artist/cultural educator/cultural school teacher, educators and children and possibly researcher?

The process has been exciting. It was exciting to have a visiting researcher who saw the project from a different angle, in terms of seeing the interaction between the children. The co-creation between educators and artist has been good. After the first few times, it was clear how and what the play artist's goals and expectations were.

- How have children's perspectives been expressed/included?

We have been good at following the children's tracks and including their perspectives, for example that there are scorpions in the circus. The children have been allowed to participate to the extent that has suited the individual child, ie we have been able to take individual needs into account. We have always made sure to invite and keep the door open to the individual child.

- Do children play different games and with different people than usual?

The children are very interested in circus games and play them around the kindergarten. The children are interested in the circus songs, pictures etc. And use it in conversations with each other.

Some of the children have become aware of other children and have entered into new play constellations.

- How do pedagogical staff act differently than they did before PlayArt?

They have become more aware of the importance of repetition to enable all children to open up and participate. The importance of the processes and that repetitions of these are rewarding for the children.

- What has it been like to work with action learning?

It has been exciting to work with action learning. We have become more aware of the processes and what we can give each other across the board.

- To the artist/cultural mediator/cultural school teacher, if present: What have you gained from participating in PlayArt?

The artist has become aware that the outdoor space can easily be used for playful art.

As well as focusing on the fact that not knowing the children in advance is a different prerequisite than the educators have.

- What are the pedagogical staff still/now curious about?

They have continued to use music and some of the games. They are still curious to involve the rest of the house and to use repetition in future projects.

- How will you use art, culture and aesthetic processes in the further process?

We will use music and musical instruments in other everyday activities.

- What points for attention should we take forward?

We have become much more aware that it is okay for the child/children to participate alongside. I.e. that they are always invited into the community, but that it is okay to be on the side. That we look more at the children in the processes, when are they finished with this process and not when the adults are finished with this process.