Participants sculpt relief heads out of self-hardening clay. Simple animation software is then used to animate the heads to participants own voices.
Participants could make heads that are characters from a story or a scene from a favourite film. They could then take turns telling the story and even use different accents to use as an audio track. With a little help, a quite complex film could be created with appropriate dramatic music etc.
Ways to adapt for less able residents:
Pre-rolling and cutting the clay can be helpful. These heads can be as simple or complex as the participant makes them, so the less able could try simply drawing into the clay with different tools to get a variety of details and textures.
Ways to adapt from group to individual and vice versa:
The heads make great individual sculptures but it’s really interesting to bring them into an animation and have them holding conversations. As I’ve mentioned, this could be as characters telling stories or jokes, or even as a clay head choir! I’ve also had participants each answer questions on a questionnaire- on favourite places, things to do, things people miss etc. and compiled this as a little video.