Category Archives: Dundee Contemporary Arts

Inky Adventures

On Tuesday Johanna Basford joined us live on Glow TV from the DCA.

Johanna Basford at DCA - taken by Phil Wilkinson for The Scotsman
Johanna Basford at DCA - taken by Phil Wilkinson for The Scotsman

Sadly we faced serious technical issues and lost our wifi connection. Another camera was recording the session so we are editing those clips and aiming to share those as soon as possible.

During the interview Glow TV viewers asked lots of questions and we are working on a transcript of the answers. Watch this space ūüôā

Johanna, thank you so much for your time on Tuesday! We can’t wait to share the Blue Peter moment¬†you created for viewers after the live event. We will give you a clue – what does Glow begin with?…

In the meantime if you have access to YouTube – The DCA interviewed Johanna and the clip can be viewed here!

Johanna Basford Interview at the DCA on YouTube

Wondertales – Watch again!

Wendy Woolfson, a storyteller from Glasgow¬†used Johanna Basford’s exhibtion to tell stories. She looked carefully at 3 of Johanna’s wallpaper designs. ‘Botanic Crazy’, ‘Peking’ and ‘Hamlet’. You can view these on Johanna’s website.

The three designs were combined to create an incredible¬†‘Wondertale’.

Learners across Scotland then explored the exhibtion and began to create a collaborative story with Wendy. Johanna’s boat inspired a flood of ideas and an octopus caused chaos reeking havoc below the boat! Many of the suggestions involved superhero animals, bees, penguins and mermaids. Wendy used ‘Wonderbeasts’ to help generate ideas.¬†You can explore¬†‘Wonderbeasts’ here. Johanna¬†has also created a PDF of Wonderbeasts which can be downloaded from her site and this could help¬†to inspire¬†your Wondertale.¬†

Wendy took us on an incredible storytelling adventure yesterday. To listen to her stories, undertake the warm up activity and begin to breakdown how she created her stories you can watch the Glow TV event again by clicking here. (Glow username and password required)

Wendy, thank you so much!

Before and after the live event we recorded Wendy telling more stories in the gallery and we will share these and behind the scene photographs from the event later this week.

Welcome to Wonderlands

On Monday 13th May¬†at 10 am Dundee Contemporary Arts will open their¬†Gallery doors to Glow TV viewers and we will step into Johanna Basford’s exhibtion ‘Wonderlands’! Wendy Woolfson will be our storyteller and she¬†will¬†help us to learn to¬†look carefully¬†for detail in Johanna’s exhibtion, capture the detail in words and create a¬†Wondertale!

To join the Glow TV event click here (Glow username and password required)

First 10 schools to sign up for 2 or more Creativity Challenges receive REWARDS!

Please visit the Glow TV schedule to sign up for

Look, Capture, Create Creativity Challenges.

The first 10 schools to sign up for 2 or more Creativity Challenges will receive rewards!

Incentives for participation in the 'Look, Capture, Create' Creativity Challenges

Creativity Challenge 1

Monday 13th May at 10am, live from Dundee Contemporary Arts

Learners will have the opportunity to tour Johanna Basford‚Äôs exhibition ‚ÄėWonderlands‚Äô at Dundee Contemporary Arts through storytelling. ¬†Johanna draws intricate designs and the storyteller will model how to look carefully for detail, capture those details in words and create a Wondertale!

Creativity Challenge 2

Week 2 of the Look, Capture, Create project coincides with ‚ÄėWalk to School Week‚Äô and ‚ÄėScotland‚Äôs Nature Festival‚Äô. This Glow TV broadcast gives learners the opportunity to journey on an inky adventure with the Scottish illustrator/designer Johanna Basford to learn about her art techniques, what inspires her designs and her success commercially.

Johanna will share how she looks for detail and inspiration in nature, how she captures this and creates beautiful hand drawn inky designs.

She will share her

  • influences and sources of inspiration.
  • sketchbooks, techniques and choice of media.
  • approach to collaboration
  • ability to be observant, use her eyes to spot natural treasure

Johanna will invite the young people of Scotland to become a Co-Creator by drawing their own inky picture of a creature which lives on land or in water to create a Glow stampede of fish, flora or fauna which reflects the beauty and diversity of wildlife in Scotland. The creature could be real or imaginary.

Creativity Challenge 3

During week 3 of the ‚ÄėLook, capture, create‚Äô interdisciplinary learning experience we will be joined by a scientist/mathematician from Dundee University live in the Dundee Botanic Gardens¬† to learn more about the importance of Scottish Biodiversity and how we can do simple things to help nature survive and grow.¬† We will look in particular at the types and purposes of the beautiful patterns nature creates.

Creativity Challenge 4

For the final ‚ÄėLook, capture, create‚Äô Glow TV broadcast join the learning team at Dundee Contemporary Arts to explore the visual elements ‚Äď line, shape, form, colour, tone, pattern and texture¬† to create a design to promote Scottish biodiversity. And watch as we reveal and celebrate the Glow Stampede of Scottish fish, flora and fauna, your collaborative artwork.