Greenhouse: ‘Making Mistakes for Learning’

E-Portfolio for Eleanor Hannan

I dubbed my Greenhouse session ‘Making Mistakes for Learning’. My aim was to engage participants in a range of ‘creative challenges’ that involved working alone, in pairs or groups, and included ‘leader-set’ and ‘peer-set’ instructions. Through these activities, we would explore an environment in which a mistake wasn’t possible, or rather a mistake felt inconsequential. I wanted this to open a discussion about what mistakes looked like in our different disciplines and an exploration of how we might set up an environment that enabled mistake-making for learning.

The idea came from a range of sources. Before my undergraduate degree, I did a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, then a pre-requisite for entering into Art School. The first term of this course involved a host of briefs and challenges, both individual and in groups. We would be asked to draw in new ways, make our own tools, be set time…

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