Reading College LLD/D Students MERL Workshop Nine 09.12.13

In workshop nine we first first reviewed the activities from the previous workshop, and on the tables we arranged the artefacts that the co-researchers had created: paintings and drawings on canvas to be attached in some way to either a bucket, boot or basket, the papier mache covered balloons which will be continued today, and will be made into a farm animal (or possibly even a speech bubble) and a brief review of how sounds could possible be added to their artwork to make them more active and interesting.

Table laid out with artwork

Table laid out with artwork from the previous workshop as a reminder of what we will be doing in the activities of the day.

The morning session started with a taste of orange, nuts and dried fruit provided by Robyn:

Robyn provides a sensory stimulus to start the morning session

Robyn provides a sensory stimulus to start the morning session

Kate then talked briefly about the aims of the workshop (continuing with the farm animal, and thinking about ways in which it might be interesting to make it more active by adding sounds and/or light or video) whilst Nic and Toni showed an example of how a sound could be integrated in a bucket using a surface speaker:

Luke listens to a sound in a bucket

Luke listens to a sound in a bucket, and really gets stuck into the task.

Another co-researcher recalls that in the workshop last week we had a bucket that would play a sound when you placed you hand inside or near to it. However, in this case it was not connected to the microcontroller so we applied a ‘Wizard of Oz’ technique instead (i.e. we faked it).

Guillermo attempts to trigger a sound by placijng his hand inside the bucket.

Guillermo was quick to recall that placing his hand inside the bucket (in last week’s session) would activate a sound.

Artwork in Progress!

Here are some photos of the artwork produced in this week’s workshop. As you can see, there are many different designs. The first shows a┬árather snazzy boot designed by Sian, and covered in fake cow hide, together with an acrylic painting. She has quite a clear idea of how she would like it to trigger a sound – by placing a foot inside the boot and pressing down. She will produce the sound herself during the next workshop, and this will be integrated during one of the subsequent workshops:

Sian's welly

Sian’s welly, in the style of a cow

Below is a picture of Sian showing off her wonderful welly:

Sian's enhanced welly

A snazzy design by Sian, which will eventually incorporate a mooing sound activated by placing a foot inside the boot!

The next two photographs show Rachel’s pig-in-a-bucket concept, which is coming along very well as you can see. The bucket is covered with bedding straw to give it a really rural look and texture.

Rachel's pig-in-a-bucket concept

Rachel wanted to make use of the bucket to house the pig she is creating.

The pig just fits inside the bucket, with the nose protruding. Rachel has also selected a potential activation method for the sound she wants the pig to make – using a squeeze sensor in the nose. Was this a result of her exploration of audio triggers using the littleBits kit?

Rachel's pig-in-a-bucket

Rachel’s pig-in-a-bucket (not yet finished). It will be enhanced with a sound triggered by squeezing its nose (and possibly either some form of light or movement), but this has yet to be decided.

Rachael (the other Rachael) has also decided to construct a pig, and is also coming along very well:

Rachael applies layers of newspaper to the balloons in the construction of her pig.

Rachael applies layers of newspaper to the balloons in the construction of her pig.

Mena is creating a chicken from her papier mache, and has painted it with some bright colours. The tail has been ingeniously constructed from straw and pipecleaners, the head will be modelled from a wooden spoon, and the comb from pieces of card, painted red:

Mena's chicken

A brightly coloured chicken, with straw and pipecleaners for the tail and a wooden spoon for the head.

Luke has decorated a basket with artificial leaves and a painting he created last week of a ducks head. The contents of the basket have yet to be determined … everyone loves the duck:

Luke's duck

Luke’s duck head attached to a basket.

Guillermo is painting his papier mache in a bright red. Will this be pig? His artwork is always very interesting, so we wait in anticipation:

Guillermo paint his papier mache in bright red.

Guillermo paint his papier mache in bright red.

Skye has also made progress with her papier mache and has constructed the beginnings of a cow, using the artificial cow hide:

Skye's balloon cow

Skye’s balloon cow


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