Art

New for 2022, our Art Workshops provide a half or full day of learning and demonstrations and a chance for pupils to get creative.

Workshops for the 2021-22 academic year are fully booked.

Designed for pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6, the workshops will take place at primary schools on Wednesdays in the 2022 spring and summer term.

Delivered by our Art Fellow and ceramics specialist, Nicky Collins, there are three workshops to choose from, each lasting between 1.5 and 3 hours, and suitable for a maximum of 30 children. All equipment and resources will be provided, but an art studio space would be ideal, if possible.

Workshop 1: Introduction to clay – Making a pinch pot (1.5 hours)

Pupils are introduced to the medium of clay and where it comes from. They are shown the history of pinch pots in Neolithic Britain and given a demonstration of how to make their own. Pupils then have time to handle clay and try to make their own decorative pinch pots, using a variety of pottery tools. The session ends with a discussion of what the pupils have learnt and found challenging/enjoyable. The finished work can be fired at KES upon request and available for collection from KES later on. The bisque ware can then be decorated in class using any of the available painting mediums in the primary school. 

Workshop 2: Introduction to clay – Clay fish (3 hours)

Pupils are introduced to the medium of clay and the various ways it is utilised within both fine art and studio pottery. They will be given the challenge of making a 3D fish inspired by resources provided.  Pupils are introduced to different methods of manipulating clay including carving, pinching and modelling. They will then create their own 3D sculptures using pottery tools. The session ends with a discussion of what the pupils have learnt and found challenging/enjoyable. The finished work can be fired at KES upon request and available for collection from KES later on. The bisque ware can then be decorated in class using any of the available painting mediums in the primary school. 

Workshop 3: Using an Armature – Giacometti clay figures (1 day)

Pupils are introduced to the sculptural work of Giacometti, and discuss how he created his walking figures using clay and bronze casting. They will look at the proportions of the body and sketch figures in action using each other as models and photographic resources provided. They are introduced to the techniques of creating a figurative sculpture using a metal armature and create their own Giacometti inspired work based on their own sketches. The session ends with a discussion of what the pupils have learnt and found challenging/enjoyable. The finished work can be fired at KES upon request and available for collection from KES later on. The bisque ware can then be decorated in class using any of the available painting mediums in the primary school. 

Nicky Collins biography

After graduating in Fine Art from Liverpool John Moores University, Nicky taught art and design for seven years prior to completing her Postgraduate Diploma Artist Teacher and Contemporary Practices. She has since exhibited her work at a range of galleries and festivals, including at Goldsmiths University, Kasama Ceramics Festival in Japan and the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke on Trent. You can view Nicky’s work on her website



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