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DSP Jahrbuch 2017/ DSP Yearbook 2017

Browse through an eventful 2017 with our current yearbook!

Wortspiel Beim Besuch

Wortspiel Beim Besuch der Gruppe Wortspiel mit Mitch Miller, Fabian von Wegen, Jürgen Boese und Jan Mattenheimer an der DSP wurde unseren DaF-Schülerinnen und -Schülern klar, was ein Poetry Slammer, ein Singer-Songwriter und ein Improtheater-Duo gemeinsam hab… nämlich eine Bühne und viel Spaß an der Sache! Die Fachschaft DaF freut sich über die gute Zusammenarbeit mit dem Goethe Institut, durch die es möglich wird, die Sprach kennt nisse unserer Schülerinnen und Schüler auf interessante und un konventionelle Weise zu erweitern. Hier sehen Sie das Resultat der kreativen Workshops: 114 DSP Jahrbuch 2017 – Aus den Fachschaften

KUNSTAUSSTELLUNG “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” – Albert Einstein Vom 16. bis 21. Oktober fand an der DSP die Kunstausstellung statt. Bei der Eröffnungsfeier ermutigte Sprachtherapeutin Tessa Harmse Eltern wie auch Lehrer dazu, die Kreativität der Kinder nicht durch zu starre Grenzen einzuschränken, sondern stattdessen den Entdeckungs- und Forschungsdrang unserer zukünftigen KünstlerInnen zu fördern und ihnen ihren kreativen Freiraum zu ermöglichen. Eröffnung der Kunstausstellung Speech – Tessa Harmse Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen and of course, most importantly our young artists! I stand before you tonight not only as a SLT passionate about children and their education but also as a lover of art. My artistic education started at a young age when I was fortunate enough to attend art classes with one of your very own teachers – Diane Welvering. We are talking about a good 28 years ago but my love for art has never left me and more recently I rekindled this love by returning back to Diane’s art studio once a week to indulge in this pleasure. So, in fact, I stand as a fellow art student. There is a very strong link between my 2 passions because, you see, art is communication. We are born into this world pre-programmed to communicate – not only on a verbal level but visual communication plays a huge role in our earliest communication exchanges as infants. Babies are pre-programmed to respond first and foremost to the shape of an oval as that is the shape of the human face. Little newborns will spend their time staring at this shape in an attempt to make human connection. Later the eyes become of greater importance – babies are drawn to making eye contact and display absolute delight in the experience. A couple of months ago my husband and I were in stitches as our then 2 month old son sat smiling in delight at 2 rolls of kitchen towel lying on the kitchen counter as he responded to the 2 circles in their centres as eyes. A basic model of communication is comprised of 3 components. The sender, the message and the receiver in order to ensure a successful communication exchange, it is necessary for the sender to have sufficient skills to generate their idea, plan their message and then produce the final product, all while sticking to the accepted rules of communication. Part of my role as a SLT working with children with language difficulties is to focus on improving these abilities so that they are better able to express their thoughts and ideas. The second component of my job, however, is concerned with the receivers – namely the children’s parents. Equipping them with skills necessary to effectively receive and support their child’s communication attempts and to nurture these skills to ensure future communication and improve efficiency. Art can be viewed using the very same communication model as art is, after all, communication. The sender, being the artist, plans his/her intended message and then carefully selects their image, colours and composition, finally producing their message through their medium of choice – be it pencil, charcoal, paint, clay or any other material they may choose. Again, there is a 3rd component to this communication exchange – the people who will receive the artist’s message through viewing of the artwork. When looking at what others had to say about art as commu nica tion, I came across a webpage that described art as communi cation that has value. I found this an unfair description as pres sure was placed safely on the artist to create something that in the author’s words, had merit, worth or excellence. This immediately shifts the power to the audience – the receivers of the message and away from the artist him/herself. It becomes less about what the artist has to say and more about what people think of your work and whether they judge it a worthy effort. This is a recipe for poor self-esteem and lack of confidence in our young artists. The discussion continued outlining a variety of pitfalls that the artist should be mindful of as they can negatively impact the efficiency of communication through art. These included the following: • If the artwork is too original – it becomes difficult for people to understand • If it is too unoriginal – it is a bore • Too loud and it is irritating • But too quiet and it has no impact • If the subject bears no relationship with the experiences of the perceiver, then it is not likely to be grasped If we look around the hall this evening, we can see that the art teachers are doing a wonderful job nurturing the students’ artistic take and providing them with guidance and tools necessary to circumvent many of these pitfalls, while allowing their own creativity and individuality to shine through. We know that our learners are in good hands at school – so my challenge today is not for the artists in this room, but for their parents as perceivers. I want to encourage you all to try to nurture and support your child’s artistic abilities and their visual communication attempts. Rather than expecting your child to produce art in a certain way so as to be deemed “worthy”, I want to challenge you as parents to be an active participant in this visual communication exchange, attempting to interpret your child’s visual message and encourage this form of communication. When a child picks up a pencil for the first time, most parents beam with pride, but all too soon they are told to stay within the lines and to choose an appropriate colour. Call me crazy, but I get enough reality day to day. I think it is wonderful to escape to a world where purple people eat blue apples – and if they do so while riding on the back of a winged cat then all the better! DSP Jahrbuch 2017 – Aus den Fachschaften 115