“Ah” we muttered to each other as we arrived at Prestwich Arts College to find out it was actually a ginormous secondary school + not the advanced creative college for over 18s that we had pitched our unusual + highly experimental pedal powered paint game for.. Nevertheless we got stuck in + worked our way up through the years- conducting what might be described as sociological music studies on the baffled but highly enthusiastic kids.
-4 X highly contrasting 1.5 hour playlists consisting of jazz, classical, music from around the world and the fourth playlist can only be described as insane electronica
-Children are split into teams- some pedal power the music whilst the others were asked simply to respond to the music they were hearing- by playing with paint and expressing their surfacing emotions onto huge boards.
-The only rules of the pedal paint game were: everyone has to pedal, only one paintbrush per team to be used (other implements we made in a furious junk modelling session before painting began)+ 3 people have to be blindfolded at once (to heighten sensory responses..)
To say the day unravelled into absolute carnage would be an understatement- but the session results, atmosphere and behaviour of each class was fascinating- for example; the crazy playlist resulted in kitchen taps drenched in paint getting thrown and beaten onto the boards with frantic nutty neurotic kids flying around- to contrast so fantastically with the following jazz workshop- where glorious swirls, hearts and peaceful colours transcended throughout the finished pieces and calm, considerate children worked peacefully as a team to make their paintings.