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Documentary portraiture project by photographer John Frederick Anderson.


Community photography project based in inner city Bristol.


Visual art, photography, decorated eggs, poetry and prose from a Steiner community.


Photographic and cultural exchange project involving young people from Bristol and Oporto.


A collection of music, movies, animations and more by young people participating in creative digital media projects at Watershed.


Visual art, poetry, theatre performance and film made by artists with learning difficulties.


reveal Learning Resources

John Frederick Anderson's reveal learning resources provide study material for those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of photography, carry out a photography project or to exhibit their work. The section includes an in-depth look at the idea of the glance and the gaze in photography, and some thoughts about the use of text and captions with images. There are a number of suggested activities, some requiring the use of a camera. Users of the study materials in the resource can select their own level from the following choices;

Beginners - GCSE / Open College Network Level 2 / City & Guilds Photography 6923 Level 2

Intermediate - A level / Open College Network Level 3 / City & Guilds Photography 6923 Level 3

Advanced - Undergraduate / Postgraduate / City & Guilds Photography 6923 Level 4

There is an extensive bibliography and links section which provides further information about the issues discussed in the resource, photography venues in the UK, and other photography projects which examine issues of culture and identity.


Neighbourhood Learning Resources

The learning resource that accompanies Neighbourhood explores the concept of community photography and provides information and advice for anyone wishing to set up their own community projects. There is a history of photography that traces the growth of the medium as it moved away from being an exclusive activity of the rich and privileged towards becoming the part of everyday life we accept and take for granted now. Whether it was seen as an art, a science, a method of documentation or a way of representing the world in order to campaign for change, the use of the photographic image has often been controversial and innovative.

In the resource there is an extensive technical section that gives practical information about many aspects of photographic equipment, materials and processing, plus a section on ideas to help inspire and amuse. These resources are designed for teachers, students, and anyone wishing to know more about the practicalities of picture making, and are suitable for beginners through to more advanced photographers who are researching new ideas.

The learning resource was written by Terryl Bacon, a tutor on the Neighbourhood project.


Imagem Learning Resources

Amy Harrison, Bristol Architecture Centre's Education Officer, has compiled this resource for the Imagem project, a photographic and cultural exchange between young people in Bristol and Oporto. The material is primarily aimed at teachers and students of history, geography, art and design, or anyone with an interest in photography, architecture and the built environment.

In the resources you can find a brief history of each city, fact files about selected locations and architects whose work has impacted on the buildings in each city, a fun animated quiz, a worksheet on bridges, information about food from each region with recipes to try, and lots of helpful notes for teachers. There is a detailed links section where you will find further information and ideas including related online learning activities to try in the classroom.


Cherry Orchards Learning Resources

Accompanying the creative material for Cherry Orchards are some games and practical ideas for activities that individuals or groups may like to try, at home or in community or school settings. These resources are suitable for all learners of any age, although children will need help with the recipes.

The Games section features an interactive bragging game, where participants can try to out-boast the programme about their achievements and attributes - great for self-esteem! There is also a talking tree who will play a question and answer game, to encourage you to make up imaginative meanings to random selections of words.

The Recipe section reflects the setting of Cherry Orchards on an organic farm, and encourages you to try making ice cream and other delicious vegetarian dishes.

In the Techniques section you can find practical advice about egg blowing and decorating, and watercolour painting.

There is also a links section which points to further information about Rudolph Steiner philosophy, art therapy, gardening, and environmental building.


Alchemy Learning Resources

The Alchemy learning resources concentrate on the art of VJing. (Video jockeying) You will find a transcript of talk given at Watershed by VJ expert, Matt Black of Coldcut, with movie clips demonstrating tips and techniques, plus an excerpt from the track, Cooking with Coldcut, complete with kitchen visuals. There is an extensive links section for budding musicians, DJs and VJs, and an evaluation link where you can tell us what you think of the site.


art + power Learning Resources

The resources for art + power concentrate on two productions:

‘Faustus’ is an adaptation of Marlowe’s play by the Portway Players, art + power’s theatre company, premiered in 2004. The resource examines the way the Players developed the material and interpreted the themes of the play, and shows how this process provided inspriration for new visual art and poetry by members of the company. There are ideas and exercises for theatre groups and schools to experiment with and adapt for their own use, along with a glossary of theatrical terms and links to further information and resources.

‘The Wrong Flowers’ is a film made by Nicola Williams in 2001, in conjunction with Picture This Moving Image, adapted from a poem by Brenda Cook, one of the art + power artists. The film is about Brenda’s schooldays in the 1940’s where as a young girl with learning difficulties she was bullied by her classmates and oppressed by her teachers. Brenda escapes into a fantasy world filled with colour and never gives up her dream of becoming an artist.

The Wrong Flowers resource includes detailed lesson plans for Key Stages 2 and 3; the complete film with clips and stills; information from the filmmaker; a gallery of children’s work; ideas for planning your own creative unit, a glossary of filmmaking terms, and links to other resources for teachers. It is hoped that this material will be used as a transition project between Primary and Secondary schools in the future.


Making It!

This Internet resource looks closely at As I was Falling, the 60 second micro-film which won the Brief Encounters Depict prize in 1999.

It takes this film as a case study, and through interviews with its filmmaker, Rachel Tillotson, examines the context in which the film was made and the filmmaker's working method. It provides information for new filmmakers about funding and the opportunities offered by festivals. For students of AS level Film and GNVQ and Media Studies, there are a wide range of tasks, and suggestions for further reading.


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