Look In, Look Out...
Learning & Engagement
The Observatory is a beacon for engagement - encouraging people from all walks of life to explore art, architecture and their environment. The public have direct access to look in and look out - meet the artists, see their work and watch the process of their work unfold.
The Observatory aims to create a sense of shared ownership and experience between artist, audience and landscape.The project offers many opportunities for engagement, from formal learning, to chance encounters with artists and the Observatory. We aim to work with school pupils, college and university students, adult learners, community groups and the public throughout the course of the project, by creating opportunities for conversation, collaboration and meaningful engagement with working artists and architects.
Learning and Engagement Enquiries
For all enquiries regarding school, university and community workshops, visits or other learning opportunities for The Observatory, please contact:
Scheme of Work
Design and Build Your Own Observatory
Resource Sheet 1
The Observatory Competition Brief
Resource Sheet 1a
The Observatory Competition Brief:
Resource Sheet 3
The Observatory: Design Criteria Planning Grid
Resource Sheet 4
The Observatory: Design Competition Score Sheet
Resource Sheet 2
Resource Sheet 5
Rationale on Winning Design
Schools Scheme of Work and Resource Sheets
Click on image of Observatory cabin to download each PDF
Resource Sheet 7
Engineering Design Challenges
Take One Observatory
A Cross-Curricular Learning Resource Pack for Primary Schools
Resource Sheet 6
Change Your View
A Drawing Resource Pack for Key Stage 2 & 3
Below is the first of a series of talks being held at Winchester Science Centre. In the frist talk, artist Simon Ryder uses the planetarium projection system to provided an interactive look at his work and the focus for his residency.
The Observatory for Schools
The Observatory offers a range of opportunities for schools to engage with contemporary art, architecture, engineering and the local landscape. To find out more about our FREE workshop offer for schools, please take a look at our schools flyer.
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Learning & Engagement...The Latest
More films from the Lecture Series to follow:
Why not attend one of the free lectures. Details can be found on the downloadable flyer
The students are about to embark on a project using Flash animation software, but Sean took them back to basics to understand the ingredients of good animation - storline, characters, and of course, imagination! The students learned that there's more to animation than computers, by exploring Sean's animated films using paper cutouts and his hand made flip book boxes.
Sean Harris Animation Masterclass
Observatory artist Sean Harris recently led an animation masterclass for Year 10 IT students at Arnewood School in New Milton.
Animation at Hollycombe Primary School
Observatory artist Sean Harris recently led an animation workshop for Year 5/6 pupils at Hollycombe Primary School. The children had the chance to explore Sean's flip book boxes and paper cut animations and learn about how Sean will use the inspiration of the night sky to create new animation narratives whilst working at The Observatory. The children used some of Sean's paper cut outs to create their own stop-frame animation sequences. You can see the children's films below.
Sean Harris - End of Residency Event:
Sean Harris delighted crowds with his magical and mesmerising animations and mechanical flicker boxes. Accompanied by a field of candleight in star constellations, starlight above and ambient music emerging from the Observatory cabins, the hillside at Winchester Science Centre was transformed into a place of mediatation and inspiration.
The videos and photos here give a little glimpse into the magic of the evening.
Seeing the Landscape - Workshop at St Swithuns School with Isabella Martin
Isabella Martin led workshops with Year 8 students at St Swithuns School in Winchester. The girls explored and sketched the landscape using viewing devices, that Isabella made and is using for her own work whilst in residence at The Observatory. Over the coming month, the St Swithuns girls and Isabella will be working on parallel tasks looking at and capturing the landscape in different ways. The work will be brought together for a small exhibit at The Observatory studio in June 2015.