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Introductory Activity

On the first day of the workshop, the Brownies were given a presentation by John Borland to introduce them to the history of the Picts and Pictish stones. They were encouraged to make notes and sketches during the presentation in order to help them with their challenge for the weekend- to design and write the content for a leaflet and map about Pictish stones in the Moray area that would be given to Graphic Designers and printed for distribution to tourists visiting the area!

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge & Understanding
  • Attitudes & Values
  • Enjoyment, Inspiration, Creativity

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of the history of the Picts and the different types of Pictish stones
  • Understanding the role of RCAHMS- Brownies displayed a positive attitude towards RCAHMS and recognised its importance
  • Creating sketches & drawings and being inspired to learn more to create the leaflet

Studying the Archive Material

Following their introduction, the Brownies explored the collection material brought along to the workshop by RCAHMS. A series of rare books and sketchbooks dating from 1706 - 1903 provided an illustrated history of the recording of Pictish stones that the Brownies could compare with RCAHMS modern drawings. A collection of RCAHMS photographs displayed modern recording techniques. These include lighting the stones from different angles to make the (often low relief) carvings stand out. All of these helped the Brownies learn about the different types of recording they would use on their field trip the following day.

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge & Understanding

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding archive material, how to use and interpret it
  • Knowledge about the different methods used to record Pictish Stones, in the past and present

The Field Trip

On the second day of the workshop, the Brownies were taken on a field trip to experience firsthand a selection of Pictish stones in the Moray area. These included the stone in Elgin Cathedral, Sueno's Stone in Forres, the remains of Burghead Fort (where the Burghead Bull stones originated) and stones now housed in Elgin Museum. The girls were encouraged to photograph the stones as well as take notes and make drawings to include in their leaflet.

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge & Understanding
  • Skills
  • Activity, Behaviour and Progression

Learning Outcomes

  • Making a connection between the features they learned about in their introductory activities and the real stones
  • New skills in on-site recording
  • Displaying an increased interest in the Pictish stones as a result of experiencing them first hand

Design Activities

During the afternoon of the second day, the Brownies were split into three groups in which they took turns to draw a Pictish stone using the 'stipple' technique that John employs in his drawings; complete worksheets to write their name in Ogham, design their own 'Pictish Beastie' and design a Pictish stone and finally, have a go at carving a section of their own Burghead Bull!

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Skills
  • Enjoyment, Inspiration, Creativity

Learning Outcomes

  • Developing and learning new skills in design, illustration and stone carving
  • Being able to apply knowledge gained throughout the workshop to their drawings and designs
  • Experimenting freely with their individual creativity

Leaflet Compilation

The final day of the workshop was devoted to compiling and laying out the leaflet. The girls were split into five groups to design their own sections. They used the information and images they had collected and made over the previous two days and wrote the captions and introduction to the leaflet as well as deciding on colours and layout. The sections were created on A2 size boards that would then be sent to O-Street Graphic Designers to be turned into a professional leaflet.

The leaflet was designed so that it could be folded out from A5 to A2 to show a map on the back.

  • Group 1: Who were the Picts? & How did the Picts Live?
  • Group 2: Pictish Symbols and Some of their Meanings
  • Group 3: Pictish writing & Our Pictish Brownie Adventure
  • Group 4: Front Page & Recording Pictish Stones
  • Group 5: Map- Where Pictish Stones Were Found in Moray

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Skills
  • Attitudes and Values
  • Enjoyment, Inspiration, Creativity

Learning Outcomes

  • Developing skills in planning, caption writing and teamwork
  • Consideration about each others work
  • Experimenting with their collective creativity

Leaflet Presentation

On the evening of the final day, families of the Brownies were invited to a display of the girls' work and a presentation by the Brownies on their leaflet. Each Brownie was then presented with a Certificate of Achievement.

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Skills
  • Attitudes & Values
  • Activity, Behaviour, Progression

Learning Outcomes

  • Developing presentation skills
  • Increased confidence and belief in their own abilities
  • Intention to further explore the topic and try new activities during their Brownie meetings

Event

On Wednesday 3rd June, the Brownies, Leaders, friends and family gathered for the launch of the leaflet. This was the first time anyone had seen the final leaflet and it proved a huge success. Leaflets were available to take away and everyone was delighted to know that the leaflets would be stocked in museums, libraries and arts centres around Moray.

Further Development

The Brownies could use the workshop activities they took part in and the work they produced to contribute towards Brownie Badges including Artist, Culture and Speaker.

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