Snow story: Børnehuset Ellebæk (2022)
How can art and the artist support the development of "Pippi courage" in children and adults?
How have you experienced the co-creation between artist/cultural mediator/cultural school teacher, educatorgoger and children and possibly a researcher?
The daycare providers articulate that it has been great working with Henrik, not least because he is so calm.
Childminder; "It's nice that nothing has been expected of us - Henrik has been good at saying that what we do is good enough."
There has been an ongoing mutual alignment of expectations.
Henrik: "A good path has been found together."
How have children's perspectives been expressed/included?
Throughout the project, the childminders have learned to "sit on their hands" and let the children take the lead.
Childminder: "It would be great if the rest of the district could have an experience like this. I could dream of a full-day playgroup once a month for LegeKunst. Then everyone can experience the peace and quiet and what it gives to follow the children's preoccupation. It's important that the adults sometimes sit on their hands."
Do the children play different games and with different people than they usually do?
It has been great that the children have been able to run around more freely - due to the fencing and shared responsibility for the children.
The children's behavior has changed, now they seek other games and play areas.
There are almost no conflicts between children as long as they stick to natural materials.
They've accepted that others will build on or break down something they've made. They can co-create.
A child who is normally easily distracted could immerse themselves in something for a very long time - and it was transferred to the childminder's own home.
The daycare providers find that the children have gained Pippi courage and dare to walk around the area on their own.
The kids are not afraid to touch anything anymore.
How do pedagogical staff act differently than they did before PlayArt?
The daycare providers articulate that it has been very relaxing not to focus on a product.
They now base their daily rhythm on the children's signals rather than the clock.
There is also inspiration to try some new activities. "It's exciting to be introduced to clay - it probably wouldn't have come into my daycare before".
It's been good to slow down and not have too many plans.
What has it been like to work with action learning?
It has been good to have frequent reflections and dialogs about what works.
To the artist/cultural educator/cultural school teacher, if present: What have you gained from participating in LegeKunst?
Everyone has had an openness to being present in the now. Look at what is in what you are in - what do we have to make good with. You've been good at being in that.
For the artist, it has also been instructive to think about process rather than product and to sit on your hands when the project takes a different turn than you had thought. Then something different emerges than you could have imagined.
What are educators still/now curious about?
They will continue to see if the calm, attentiveness, curiosity and openness of the adults rub off on the children.
How will you use art, culture and aesthetic processes in the future?
The adults themselves have been open and curious to go out into the space of possibilities, and they will continue to do so.
They will think about base placement differently the next time the kids get new ideas in new places.