Classes Design Thinking

Films Shot by Children Over Two Days

The Feature (Where the Wild Things Are)

and an overview of the learning:

For more videos from the two days (including one previously unseen film) go to the SAID youtube page:



Events Facilitation How children experience the world

Children Transforming Public Space

A still from the one of the films by children

The Northbridge Super Screen








A short time ago we wrapped up two days of film making. Whilst it was mostly about process, the participants will have memories to last a lifetime as their films took over a public space. It’s just so rare for children to occupy a public space in such a way. It’s just so rare to see children using such scale in a public space. It’s just so rare for the creative product to come directly from the children themselves. In fact, we can’t think of another comparable example, anywhere. If you can, let us know. We’d love to add a link.



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Why it Worked

Process over Product

Preparing for the Beaufort Street festival I mentioned the children would not be taking objects home with them. The person I mentioned this to stopped what they were doing and glared at me and said, ‘are you mad?’ They said it wouldn’t work. They said children would cry. They said adults would demand a product. I had the choice to change the event to include an object to take home. We didn’t. We stuck with the emphasis on process over product.

You know what? When you concentrate on process, the products come. In this instance, in the form of experience and a full installation. At the beginning of the event children would make something and swiftly leave it. Later, as the space filled with more objects, children began to interact with each other and the space.

Usually when we hear the word process we think of paper-work, of bureaucracy. Yet, in assisting people in art/design and innovation process is about what is valued. It’s about valuing products but knowing you sometimes need to sneak up on them in all sorts of ways. It’s about recognising the value of products and asking different questions about them.

I remember how this was brought home to me when I hit a rough patch in my painting. I stretched a number of canvases for painting and I wanted the results (the product) to be good. It was crippling. I put off painting. I made excuses. Then I made a double-sided canvas. One side to make mistakes on, the other for perfection. I never used the perfect side. It was enough to know I could make mistakes, concentrate on the process and it cleared the blockage. It’s so much better to know other ways into creative methods, more efficient ways. There are other ways to build self-discipline. After-all, when you talk to the great artists and professionals, they all, every one of them, know the value of grit and determination. I saw lots of that on Saturday. That people were enjoying themselves was a bonus. Underneath it, the grit and determination was strong. Did the kids care about not taking the monster shops home? I didn’t see any sign of that.