Date with Little Prince

This is a rather late post.

In my second collaboration with Marinate (which will be officially open on 7 Jan 2018), we created another immersive dinning experience – Date with Little Prince on 18 and 25 Nov 2017.

As before, Betsy, Edward and I discussed and toyed with several ideas at the beginning stage. Finally, we went with the idea of a huge board game that involved all diners and this eventually became a dramatic presentation with theatre games thrown in for everyone.

After reading through the Little Prince story again, and again, soaking it in, I wrote a monologue featuring the pilot many years after meeting Little Prince and reminiscing. In total, we went with 7 segments with each one ending with a line from the Little Prince.

Edward designed a wonderful 7-course dinner to match each episode, and food was served after each piece of monologue. Rita valiantly took on the role of the pilot.

The diners were “assigned” the role of reading out the line from Little Prince and took their turns depending on the icon on the envelope they were given. I was the “game master” and the “prompter” with my special chime to cue them.

For the two nights, the diners were wonderfully game in taking on their roles and some really showed flare and spoke their lines with zest and creativity. They also appreciated how the food tied-in with the drama.

Each diner went home with a Little Prince puppet they made and enjoyed a special slow meal with friends new and old, and most definitely created pleasant memories of a Date with Little Prince.

I certainly enjoyed this one-of-a-kind artful and heart-ful experience.

Here’s wishing Betsy and Edward all the best in their Marinate venture as they invite everyone to soak in life’s flavours.

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Reminiscing with Dad

It has been something on my mind for a while to do and finally got round too. Talking through some of the few old photos that my dad has with him.

The Say Something and Sound Board features of TinyTap makes it wonderfully simple to create interactive multimedia photo albums, just like the recent art albums co-created with some seniors. This time, I took shots of the old photos with my iPad, cropped them, and they are ready for use in TinyTap in under half an hour.

At 80, my dad’s eyesight is not exactly at the best and so at times, so I had to enlarge the shots on the iPad to help him see much better. He might not be able to recall many details but did find it amusing enough to hear his recorded voice which he said didn’t sound like him. It was as much making a TinyTap creation together as it was a lovely conversation with him.

After that I added the subtitles, and it is ready to be shared.

http://www.tinytap.it/activities/g2kkp/andrews-wedding

What do you think of it?

I certainly look forward to doing more of this with more seniors.

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Art Residency with Seniors

I recently had the privilege of creating art as part of an residency at a nursing home. This is an AIC-NAC pilot and I am glad to have been a part of this meaningful project.
Starting with making faces, they then created the bodies and clothing and the setting together with tables and chairs to make the final artwork, one of which is seen above. That’s not all though. Using TinyTap, they added their voices too (links below).

While initially I had thought that the participants could do more, I did end up simplifying or rather breaking into many guided steps. However, I am happy that the element of each participant creating something unique and personal was still possible. Very happy to see their creativity shine through, and hopefully with more exposure to art making, their techniques can be more confident.

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One of the most encouraging moment was when I was told that one of the participant’s face lit up when she was told that there would be art session that day, and later I saw that she came prepared for the session. She had cut out patterns for the clothing and also a rose pattern she had found in a magazine. The rose pattern fitted perfectly around the window in the artwork.

 

In my initial plan, each session included a round of group sharing about what they have made for that day. However, this was not possible as many of them were not as ready to speak, and a few of them have enough stamina only to complete the art making. Like everyone, they also needed time to warm up to working as a group. Some were a little less patient with those who were a little slower.

When we finally did the recording, a few of them surprised me when the sang with great gusto.

I must also add that the staff’ members’ warmth and delight in seeing what the participants made went a long way.

 

 

http://www.tinytap.it/activities/g2k29/happy-kopi-1

http://www.tinytap.it/activities/g2k46/play/happy-kopi-2

http://www.tinytap.it/activities/g2k6t/play/happy-kopi-3

One of my concerns at this point is how to present the participants artwork so that it does not come across as being too “preschool-ish”. Yet, I recognise that these participants did not seem to have had much experience in art making, and in some cases, do have to work around some limitation. So, as a first effort, they have done really well even if without the background context, their art might seem immature.

Do take a look at their TinyTap art album and let me know how you feel. There will be a public exhibition in mid-March next year too.

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Voices of Seniors on TinyTap

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Last Friday, I was able to spend an hour with some senior friends at an activity centre in Ang Mo Kio. As we had only 1 iPad to work with, we created a TinyTap game collectively with a focus on using Sound Boards.

http://www.tinytap.it/activities/g2hr3/play/voices-of-amk

Each participant was given the chance to circle out a spot on the image and add their own audio recording. While they had some difficulty reading English, the colourful icons were enough for them to participate actively.

What is wonderful is the range of language that they spoke in, and the quietest actually had beautifully composed lines and nuggets to share. Not forgetting the burst of laughter in between that captured the joy and energy of this seniors. This truly reflects the unique real-life language soundscape.

There is such tremendous potential of seniors using TinyTap to capture and share not just their memories but also the gleanings from their rich life experience. I am excited about this. Are you too?

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Inktober

I took part in Inktober for the third time this year. Inktober is a month-long challenge in October every year to create an ink drawing every day.

For the first time, I used the official prompt (see it below). It was interesting and also challenging coming up with a response each time. I posted my drawings on my Instagram account and then repost that to Facebook.

Typically, I would give myself less than 30 minutes each morning to draw. I used a small moleskin sketchbook given to me many years ago, and I drew quite small too. First a quick sketch in pencil and then inking in. Completed all 31.

I used puns and contrast for humour, and most of them turned out looking like possible kidlit illustrations.

It was fun.

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Hour of Code


It has been a wonderful learning journey getting ready for today’s Hour of Code which took place across 16 libraries and had around 500 seniors participating. 

The participants were introduced to and guided in their use of the Playgrounds app to Learning Swift coding. The facilitators are Silver IT Wellness Ambassadors and I met them twice to help them become more familiar with the app. Their enthusiasm and interest in learning is inspiring.

For today, my task was to facilitate the session in Chinatown Library, the only one conducted in Mandarin. With the good help of a SIWA facilitator , Mdm Yam, and a team of young guides, we had a fun time of learning. Once again, the level of enthusiasm and the spirit of willingness to learn is as amazing as it is encouraging to me. 

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Silent B’s

Here’s my latest TinyTap story-game http://www.tinytap.it/activities/g2f7a/silent-bs

Introducing some words ending with silent b’s through this baby brother adventure story. I have used the Houdini effect so that if the reader taps on those words while reading, a bee would appear. 

But it is pretty much a discovery by chance for the reader and I wonder how many would. It is fun and if the reader does use this feature, it means that the words have been spotted and that’s good. Or is this just gratituous use of the feature?
The inspiration struck me when I saw the word “climber” on the back of a t-shirt while on a crowded train. I then did a search for words ending with silent b and the list looked like it could be spun into a story. The illustrations, done using Procreate on the iPad, and creation of the TinyTap story-game were done within 3 hours in one sitting last night.

Did you like the off-set effect on the colours for the illustrations?

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