What we do
If you would like to have an artist visit the school and run a workshop that will inspire or compliment something you are teaching then you have come to the right place. We come up with fun arts and crafts based ideas to help the children achieve a greater understanding of the topic they are studying and to gain a insight into team work, different artistic skills and experience the joy of creating something with their hands.
'How fabrics are made'
For Key stage 1 & 2
Timescale: Half a day workshop. We will set up and tidy up!
The activity: An explanation about the origins of fabric making, the difference between looped and woven fabrics and how looms are used to make fabrics. During the workshop half the class will learn to use a peg loom whilst the other half learns how to finger knit, they will swap activities half way through.
Learning outcome: The children will learn how fabrics have been made throughout history and the basics of how the clothes they wear are constructed. They will also learn how to use a loom and to finger knit which are both great ways to improve dexterity and concentration. The project will give them a real sense of achievement as the results can be quickly seen.
Lead up lessons: We can provide you with an easy paper weaving project that can be used in the lesson prior to our visit which will help them to practice weaving and get excited for the workshop.
Materials: Wool, scissors and string. We will provide all the resources needed.
'Lemon bowl' ceramic painting workshop
For Key stage 3
Timescale: Half a day workshop
The activity: A workshop in the two step process of how ceramics are made and a lesson on how to create an eye catching yet simple design with glazes, to be fired in our kiln. We will teach a double stroke technique in how to paint a lemon design, add details and complete the project with a specialist crystal glaze. The bowls will be taken back to the studio to be fired and delivered back two weeks later.
Learning outcome: The students learn how ceramics are made and gain confidence in using a new art medium.
Lead up lessons: We can provide you with a sample to show them what they will be making on the day and a short information sheet on the process they are going to learn.
Materials: Bisque fired bowls, brushes, glazes. We will provide all materials.
'How to enamel onto copper'
For Key stage 4 & 5
Timescale: Half a day workshop
The activity: This workshop will teach the art of fusing glass onto metals to create decorative pieces of art. They will learn how to clean copper, apply glass and how to fire it in a mini kiln so that it fuses in a decorative design. This workshop can also be run as a jewellery making class.
Learning outcome: They will learn how glass fusing works, about melting points as well as an understanding of how to make decorative pieces of art or jewellery using glass and metal.
Materials: Copper and glass. The workshop requires us to bring a mini kiln and we will provide all materials.
More information about the workshops can be found in the document below...
Costs: We charge a day rate which does not include materials. We can source materials or the school can. We always endeavour to keep the cost of materials as low as possible. Once we have discussed the project we can give a complete quote. We can also help you to make a funding application (more details below). We provide a detailed risk assessment for all activities.
To help with funding:
Here are some organisations that help with funding for art projects in schools. We can help you put together a funding application. Please note that funding applications can take a few weeks to come through.
· Awards for All scheme - www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
· Arts Council England
· Ideas Tap funding opportunities http://www.ideastap.com
· NADFAS grant scheme www.nadfas.org.uk
We have enjoyed working with…
- St John’s primary - Finger knitting and peg looming workshop now run as an after school club
- BBC Cbeebies - Arts and crafts provider for children aged 0-6 on the Cbeebies Mr Bloom South East Tour
- Barming School - Staff development day
- Bobbing Primary- Finger knitting workshop
- Maidstone Mencap - Ceramic painting and t-shirt making
- Central Academy East Anglia - Two day ceramic painting workshop
- Kent Police - provided art related activities for the "Stay safe" campaign
- The Beat Project - provided family orientated art activities to encourage working together
- 1000+ Scouts and Guides - teaching them to knit
- Stitch and Crafting shows - Excel, Olympia and Alexandra Palace, needle felting and weaving
- Maginford Summer Playscheme - t-shirt designing
- Maidstone County Council - Jubilee community art project, Uprockin skate and music festival community graffiti board, Summer play schemes, jewellery making and ceramic painting
- Maidstone Mela - bracelet making and fabric painting
- Maidstone Army Barracks Community day - Large self portrait banner with all the children who live at the barracks.
- Kings Hill Pre-school – Ceramic painting for Mothers day
- Dulwich College Prep school - Finger knitting and Peg looming lesson
- Park Way primary - Finger knitting with the whole school followed by a Ceramic Christmas baubles workshop
- Sutton Valence Primary - Sewing sock animals, a full day workshop
- Mid Kent College - Ceramic mug painting
- Highsted Girls Grammar - Weaving, bracelet making and knitting day
- South Avenue Juniors - T-shirt designing and ceramic painting
- Sunrise Nursery – Christmas ceramic bauble painting session
- Regis Manor School – Ceramic snail painting project
- Hilden Grange School - Finger knitting project with whole school
- We are also part of the Kent Children’s University
- We are qualified Art Award advisors and can help run the Award at your school.
All of our artists and staff have enhanced CRBs and previous teaching experience in schools and other educational establishments.