The project linked Plasmawr School with its neighbouring residential home for the elderly.
The Plasmawr pupils gained communication skills through engaging and collaborating with a different age group and developed interviewing skills by exploring their collaborator’s upbringing and memories. The Plas Bryn residents were encouraged to share their memories and work collaboratively with the pupils on their David Hockney style portraits.
The young people created imaginary childhood portraits of their collaborator, based on what they had learnt about their life. They used their partner’s scanned photographs as a starting point and added imagined information about the subject’s life, home and upbringing. The pupils used an open source version of Photoshop to create this photo collage which developed their visual literacy and computer skills.
In a separate workshop the paired groups worked on making a photo collage. This technique enabled participants to work more freely, focusing on the person in front of the camera and to continue the intergenerational dialogue.
Through this project the residents and students got to know each other closely and build up trusting relationships, which have formed the foundations for the two organisations to work together closely and collaborate on a regular basis.