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Creative Display Training
Jubilee L.E.A.D. Academy, Bilborough
Staff from across the school spent three after-school sessions developing their year group displays. Initially, they were shown how to create easy eye-catching displays with practical activities. Then, with their own ideas, the staff developed unique wall displays in the school corridors to encourage all that pass them to take an interest and to see how wonderful the children's work is.
WW1 Commemoration Canvas
Dean Hole C of E Primary School, Caunton
Children from across the school contributed to creating a lasting piece of artwork on a canvas to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1. A flag was painted on the background and children also helped make poppies to attach to the edges of the canvas. The names of seven local servicemen were added to honour their lives lost during the war. The picture was displayed in the parish church for a special anniversary service.
Giant Beano Comic at
Jesse Gray Primary School, West Bridgford
Children from all year groups helped to create a giant Beano Comic for their themed arts week. The innovative Arts Co-ordinator had inspired the whole school to come up with many ideas based on the 80th anniversary of The Beano. As an artist I came up with the idea of working with the children during a day workshop to make a larger than life piece of original art. The children were great to work with and the finished result certainly had the wow factor!
Newark Book Festival
Children and families had an amazingly creative day making Peter Pan and Tinkerbell masks in the grounds of Newark Castle. As part of Newark's Book Festival, those that took part could become a character in the enchanted forest.
Creative Display Training at
Middleton St. Mary's C of E Primary School, Leeds
Staff from across the school came together to take part in learning new ways to display children's work and information. Lots of fantastic creations were made when they tried their hand at making quick and easy artwork to enhance their displays.
Radio Times Royal Wedding Cover Competition
St. John the Baptist Primary School, Colwick
Children from the school entered their own original artwork created during one of my workshops. One had his image chosen by David Walliams to be in his top 20 and given a signed book and another child was in the top 100. Both designs featured in the commemorative Royal Wedding Radio Times.
Art Clubs
Jesse Gray Primary School, West Bridgford Junior School
and Lowdham Primary School
Many super creations have been made by children in my art clubs. Their existing talents have been nurtured when sketching, making models and painting. The work they have produced always makes me feel proud of how imaginative they are and accentuates how many children enjoy the benefits of participating in art and craft.
Circus Themed PPA Art
St. John the Baptist Primary School, Colwick
Years 1 and 2 used the theme of Circus to design and make their own artwork for display and for the school annual 'show and tell' assembly. They studied the art of famous local artist Dame Laura Knight who loved to draw and paint the circus and its performers.
Newark Dementia Carers Group
Participants have been busy trying their hand at art and craft and have the opportunity to socialise at the same time.
'People that help us' PPA Art
St. John the Baptist Primary School, Colwick
Children have been practising their drawing skills by sketching people that help us. Ranging from gardeners to lollipop people, the children made some fantastic paintings that told a story for display.
Pupil Premium Art Workshops
St. John the Baptist Primary School, Colwick
Artwork for the school exhibition was created by some very talented children on the theme of 'Deadly Animals'. Initial sketching led onto the creation of a silk-painting and 2D and 3D complementary art.
Arts Week Papier-mâché Model-making
Newark Orchard School
Groups of children made some super papier-mâché sculptures. With a Christmas theme, the children made a variety of impressive models.
Christmas Craft Workshops
Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstone and
Sconce and Devon Park, Newark
Newark and Sherwood District Council
Children and their families had the chance to create their own Christmas penguin in Newark and Sherwood's Country parks.
Art and Craft Clubs
Jesse Gray Primary School, West Bridgford Junior School
and The Lanes Primary School, Chilwell
Many children have developed their art and craft skills in after-school art clubs. Artwork ranging from collage to painting has been produced by some wonderful artists.
Christmas Art Workshop
Newark Dementia Carers Group
Participants came along to a session where they could make a decoupage reindeer to be used as a decoration for Christmas. This was a great way to create art whilst socialising.
Halloween Lantern-making at Devon and Sconce Park
and Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstone
Newark and Sherwood District Council
A busy time was had by children, their families and friends when creating a Halloween lantern. Witches and spooky characters were added to the lanterns which were paraded around the parks.
Sketching Landmarks of Newark Art Workshop at
Devon and Sconce Park
Newark and Sherwood District Council
Children and families came along to this drop-in session to draw their favourite places in Newark on a long roll of paper. Linking in with the Big Draw's theme Living Lines, the artistic talent of those that contributed was highlighted with their fabulous drawings.
Moseley Primary School, Coventry
Teaching Assistants took part in a day of Creative Display training. Using a chosen curriculum theme, they spent the day using their creative skills to produce some amazing display boards.
Mowden Hall School, Northumberland
Creative Display Training
Inspiration was shared amongst staff at Mowden Hall School to develop creative skills for classroom display within the school environment.
Sunshines at Radcliffe-on-Trent Fun Day
The sun shone down on children creating their own everlasting sunshine to take home with them.
Summer Holiday Art Activities
Vicar Water, Clipstone and Devon and Sconce Park, Newark
Newark and Sherwood District Council
Drop-in family art sessions were very busy where children created their own pond-dipping themed artwork.
Tour of Britain Painted Banner
Newark and Sherwood Play Support Group
Children attending the annual Playday at Devon and Sconce Park had the opportunity to contribute to painting a banner on the theme of the Tour of Britain.
Tour of Britain 'Customise a Wheel' Art Workshop
Disabled Fun Club
Newark and Sherwood Play Support Group
Using bright colours, children decorated their own wheel shape to celebrate the forthcoming arrival of the Tour of Britain into Newark.
Create a Mr Men Character
Newark Book Festival
A fantastic time was had by children and their families when they created their own Mr Men and Little Miss.
Seaside Paintings
St. John the Baptist Primary School, Colwick
A group of Year 3 and Year 4 children worked in their woodland classroom to sketch and paint their own seaside-themed canvas for an in-school exhibition. They produced some stunning work that they should be very proud of.
Decorate a Bike Workshop for the Tour of Britain
Sconcefest
Newark and Sherwood District Council
With a bike kindly donated by Dr. Bike of Farndon, children helped to decorate it with insects and flowers to resemble a countryside view.
Pirates and Mermaids
St. John the Baptist Primary School, Colwick
Year 1 and Year 2 children made their own pirates and mermaids, plus a papier-mâché ship and palm trees to adorn the classroom wall.
Creative Display Training
English Martyrs' Catholic Voluntary Academy,
Long Eaton, Derbyshire
Staff were given training on how to design and create their own display as well as learn new techniques for a variety of display themes. Some super results were achieved by the talented group.
Armed Forces Day
Newark Market Place
Newark and Sherwood Play Support Group
A drop-in session was held so children could create their own Armed Forces 'Hero' from card and collage.
Art Clubs at Jesse Gray Primary,
West Bridgford and College House Junior Schools
Children have attended a variety of art club sessions ranging from puppet-making to spring crafts. With an opportunity to learn new skills, the children are always able to be as creative possible.
Newark Dementia Carers' Silk-painting Workshop
Newark and Sherwood District Council
There was a great turn-out at this silk-painting workshop. Participants painted spring flowers whilst socialising with others in the group, and everyone went away with a finished piece of artwork.
Staff Training for Family of Schools
St. John the Baptist C of E Primary School
Teachers and teaching assistants attended an afternoon workshop to learn how to create a 3D piece of art. These skills can then be passed on to the children they work with and be adapted to different year group themes.
'The Newark Tank' Banner Painting Workshop
Newark and Sherwood Play Support Group
Children, families and adults came along to the Millgate Community Centre in Newark to contribute to painting a banner featuring 'The Newark Tank'. After seeing action during World War 1, the tank stood in Newark Castle's grounds for 17 years. Those that came along learnt about its history and created a fitting tribute in this illustrative banner. The tank was named after the Mayoress in 1919 and a procession through the streets of Newark to the Castle was led by the bugle band of the 5th Newark Boy Scouts.
Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day
and Easter Craft Workshops
Newark and Sherwood District Council
Children and their families attended drop-in sessions to make themed crafts. These were at Vicar Water Country Park in Clipstone and Devon and Sconce Park in Newark.
Fence Mural at
Banks Road Infants and Nursery School, Toton
A new fence mural can now be seen on the gates and fence inside and outside the school grounds. Designed and painted by the talented Infant and Nursery children, they are greeted by their colourful artwork every time they arrive at school.
Newark Dementia Carers' Group
Those that came along to the Christmas card-making workshop had a lovely time creating their own cards. With Christmas music, mince pies and plenty of creativity a festive time was had by all.
50th Birthday Celebration Artwork
Banks Road Infants and Nursery School, Toton
A day of sketching took place to design ideas for a banner and a fence mural. The school wanted something special for the children to be involved in to mark the school's 50th anniversary. Some super painting was done by the children to enhance their school.
Star Lanterns at Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstone,
and Devon and Sconce Park, Newark
Children and their families made some fabulous stars on sticks to be displayed during Halloween.
Creative Display Training at
Cottingley Primary Academy, Leeds
A full day Creative Display workshop took place with teachers and teaching assistants. Inspirational displays ranging from The Three Little Pigs to Greek Myths now liven up the school boards.
Creative Display Training at
Berkhampstead School, Cheltenham
Staff from across the school had the opportunity to learn new creative skills.
Guide Dogs Fundraiser Event at Newark Castle, Newark and Sherwood District Council
Skeleton ghost masks were made at a Halloween themed fundraiser for Guide Dogs at Newark Castle. What a great setting for a spooky spectacular!
Art and Craft Workshops at
Devon and Sconce Park, Newark and
Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstone
Newark and Sherwood District Council
As part of the Big Draw, children and their families drew images of creatures and scenery found in the parks. At Clipstone they helped to decorate giant headstocks with collage and drawings.
King John 800th Anniversary Workshop at Newark Castle,
Newark and Sherwood District Council
To mark 800 years since the death of King John at Newark Castle a re-enactment took place. During the day and early evening schools and members of the public could make a King John mask.
After-School Art Clubs
Jesse Gray Primary School, West Bridgford Junior School
and College House Junior School, Chilwell
Papier-mâché superheroes of all descriptions have been made with amazing results.
'Magic' Art PPA Cover St. John the Baptist Primary School, Colwick
Year 1 and Year 2 children have developed their drawing, cutting and collage skills. They created imaginative sketches and wonderful witches and wizards.
Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstone, Newark Castle
and Devon and Sconce Park Art Workshops
Free art and craft sessions were held in three of Newark and Sherwood District Council's parks. Proving popular, these activities included castle making and designing your own tree, insects and birds.
Summer Holiday Art Workshops
Newark and Sherwood Play Support Group
A series of workshops took place at Devon and Sconce Park and Vicar Water Country Park. These ranged from parrot mask-making to decorating your own fairground horse at Newark's Playday.
Sutton Bonington Playscheme
Children had the opportunity to make their own 'Alice in Wonderland' themed mask. Lots of super artwork was created at the very busy session.
Willow Star-making 4uth Event
Bilsthorpe Young People's Centre
This yearly event saw young people taking part in many activities, with one being the making of colourful willow and ribbon stars.
Fence Artwork
Hawtonville Young People's Centre
To help decorate the fence that surrounds the Young People's Centre's allotment area, participants had a go at making artwork to help make the space look much more appealing.
British Values Banner Painting
St. Philip Neri Primary School, Mansfield
Children from across the whole school helped to design and paint images for four colourful banners. The 'British Values' theme was interpreted by the children with relevant images and wording for their school. Some very talented children came up with some super ideas and contributed to the finished results.
Newark Castle Book Festival Art Workshops
Two workshops were held at Newark Castle to accompany the book festival that was taking place there. Children who had been on the Newark to Farndon 'Pirate Ship' had the chance to make a pirate hat and telescope. On the Sunday they helped celebrate the life of Beatrix Potter by making a Peter Rabbit model.
Newark Castle History Banners Launch
With representatives from the six groups who created the King John and Castle history banners, a launch event was held at the castle itself. The banners are now on permanent display to the public.
Children and adults had the opportunity to look around each group's banners and thanks were given to those who helped fund and organise the project: The Gilstrap Trust, Newark and Sherwood District Council and Newark and Sherwood Play Support Group.
Mural Painting
Ollerton Young People's Centre Link Club
Young People attending the Link Club helped to design and paint images for a large scale mural in their Young People's Centre. Using bright, vivid colours it features sport, helping hands, flowers and stars.
Tropical Watercolour Painting
St. John the Baptist Primary School, Colwick
Year 1 and 2 children looked at images of animals, birds and insects which live in the Amazon rainforest. They sketched and watercolour painted their choice of subject.
Mask-Making Art Clubs
Jesse Gray Primary, West Bridgford Junior School
and College House Junior School, Chilwell
Many children had a go at designing and making their own papier-mâché mask. Some wonderful creations were made.
British Values Wall Display
College House Junior School, Chilwell
Children took part in a day's workshop to paint a background and to collage a street scene based on their local area. People were made with pencil and collage to form our multi-cultural society and all artwork was added to a corridor display board for all to admire.
Creative Display Training
St. John's Primary School, Newcastle
Staff (and myself) had a fantastic day kick-starting their own themed classroom displays for children to add to. These ranged from Superheroes to Spain, Castles to Cities to name but a few. With great enthusiasm the staff produced some highly original displays to inspire their classes.
"An amazing day - you have reminded me how much I love doing displays, how important it is in inspiring the children and how I need to make more time for it. I have learned so many new things too. Excellent session, you have given lots of ideas and things to think about!☺"
Creative Display Training
Leeds School Library Service
School staff from across Leeds took part in a day of creative display training. Using the library topic books as inspiration they created some wonderful displays in the School Library Service training room. A lovely day with super results!
'Sunshine' Corridor Banner at
College House Junior School, Chilwell
Year 4 children helped to design and paint a new banner for one of their school corridors. With a bright sunshine, abstract shapes and colourful paintwork the children created something they can be very proud of.
Art Club at
Jesse Gray Primary School, West Bridgford
Children from KS1 and KS2 had the chance to draw, paint and stick their own watercolour collage with great success.
Newark Castle History Banners
Six colourful and informative banners have been completed to display some of Newark Castle and the surrounding area's history.
The following groups sketched out ideas for the designs and then painted them with stunning results: William Gladstone Primary School, Barnby Road Academy, Bishop Alexander L.E.A.D. Academy, Newark Young Archaeologists, 1st Coddington Brownies and Lovers Lane Primary School.
The banners are to be displayed at Newark Castle and help the public to understand the life and times of Newark and King John's presence in Newark.
Newark Castle History Banners
Newark and Sherwood District Council, Gilstrap Trust and
Newark and Sherwood Play Support Group
Hand-painted artwork is to commemorate the history of Newark Castle and this year's 800th anniversary of King John's death in the gatehouse. Six banners are being designed and painted by local community groups and initial sketching workshops are taking place to draw images associated with a specific time in the castle's history.
The rise and demise of King John, the Magna Carta, the Saxon and Viking settlements and Bishop Alexander's Palace have so far been covered after an initial talk by Floss Newman, the Castle's ranger. William Gladstone Primary, Coddington Brownies plus Bishop Alexander and Barnby Road Academies have taken part with a couple more groups to participate in this exciting visual history of Newark.
Silk-painting Art Club
Jesse Gray Primary School, West Bridgford Junior School,
College House Junior School
An after-school art club has provided the opportunity for children in their own schools to design and paint their own silk picture. Some super paintings were produced and the children have developed their creativity through a new skill.
Creative Display Training Day
Brays School, Birmingham
An introduction to how to make school displays more creative and inspiring took place at Brays School at the beginning of term. Staff also had the opportunity to make a start on their own class display area in readiness for their new topic Ice World.
Creative Display Training
Benhall Infants School, Cheltenham
An after-school training session on how to make classroom and hall displays more creative took place with enthusiastic staff at Benhall Infants School. The training finished with all staff working together on a joint display to start off the new year. Some great ideas and artwork by everyone will be inspiring the children in 2016!
Christmas PPA Art
St. John the Baptist Primary School, Colwick
Throughout the half-term Year 1's and 2's have been developing their artistic skills. For Christmas they produced some super imagery for display and something Santa would be very pleased with.
Creative Display Training
Yeadon Westfield Junior School, Leeds
Staff at the Junior School had the opportunity to learn new ideas for quick and easy displays. By trying their hand at some creative techniques they can now pass on these skills to children in their classes.
Robin Hood at St. John the Baptist Primary School, Colwick
Year 1 and Year 2 children created a larger than life Robin Hood from paper, card and fabric to link in with their topic. He stands proudly in the classroom and brings the story of the man himself to life.
Halloween Lantern-making and Art at
Vicar Water Country Park, Sconce Park and Bilsthorpe YPC
Families had the opportunity to make their own willow lantern for a Halloween parade funded by Newark and Sherwood District Council.
Young people at Bilsthorpe Young People's Centre made Halloween art from papier-mâché during a series of workshops.
Sons and Daughters Event
Nottinghamshire Fostering Service
Children attending the event had the opportunity to make their own personalised name board, keyring and jewellery.
Creative Display Training Day
Shropshire School Library Service
Ideas for creative display were given at a training day for Shropshire School Library Service in Shrewsbury. Those who booked on the course created their own original artwork to link in with school topic work and were made aware that library books can be a great source of themed inspiration.
As one delegate said, "An enjoyable day! My displays will never be the same again. ☺"
House Team Banners
Jesse Gray Primary School, West Bridgford
Using design ideas drawn by the children, four colourful house team banners have been painted. Each team's colours and images have been used creatively on the individual banners to adorn the school entrance.
Creative Display Inset Training
Haywood Grove School, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Teaching assistants and teachers had a Creative Display Inset day to start the new term. Inspiration was given with a vast array of ideas and the talented staff came up with some super ways to make the school environment vibrant and welcoming.
Papier-mâché Art at Bridgfest
West Bridgford Young People's Centre
Young people had the chance to create papier-mâché cupcakes and burgers and be as creative as possible. A variety of other great activities were on offer for the young people to take part in.
Silk-painting workshop
4uth Bilsthorpe Young People's Centre
A great evening of activities took place at Bilsthorpe Young People's Centre, one of which was the opportunity for young people to have a go at silk-painting.
Playday Dragon making and Summer Holiday Workshops
Newark and Sherwood Play Support Group
Many children were able to try their hand at a number of art activities over the school summer holidays. These included making mini dragons, over-sized insects and pirate masks.
Youth Bus Banners
Newark and Sherwood Locality
Young people across the Newark and Sherwood area have created their own inspirational quote banners to be hung up on the mobile youth bus. The youth bus travelled to various locations where young people could paint either inside the bus or outdoors.
Sconcefest
Devon and Sconce Park, Newark
A great family day out was had at Newark's annual 'Sconcefest'. Children and their families made sunshines with funding from Newark and Sherwood District Council.
After-School Art Clubs
West Bridgford Junior School, Jesse Gray Primary School and College House Junior School
Children have had the the opportunity to take part in themed art clubs to develop creativity and artistic skill.
Carnival Arts Week
Cotgrave Candleby Lane School
As part of the school's arts week, children had the chance to create a colourful watercolour collage as well as a couple of large abstract pictures for display in school.
Creative Display Training
Leeds School Library Service
Teachers and teaching assistants from schools across Leeds came together for creative display training. The importance of using library topic books was confirmed when developing ideas for themed wall and table displays. By creating their own boards those attending could learn new skills and re-awaken existing ones with a great sense of achievement.
Children's Craft Workshop
Locally Produced For You Gift Shop
Central Avenue, West Bridgford
Children came along to try their hand at making hand puppets. Creative characters were made in the inspiring environment of this unique art and craft gift shop.
Wall Art at Bilsthorpe Young People's Centre
The kitchen/coffee bar area at the centre has been transformed. The young people attending the evening sessions designed and painted striking images to brighten up what was previously a dull and uninspiring space.
'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' PPA Art Workshops
St. John the Baptist Primary School, Colwick
Children from Years 1 and 2 have been studying the work of author Roald Dahl. Using the book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' as inspiration, some super sketches and artwork were produced.
Latest Robin Hood Screenprint Design
Once again to celebrate Nottingham's most famous character Robin Hood and other legendary characters, a new textile image has been designed for cushions and bags. The colour and design complements the Nottingham themed cushion and bag. These can be found in Nottingham's Tourism Centre and Locally Produced for You in West Bridgford (which is now above The Health Store on Central Avenue).
Creative Display Training at
Belgrave Children's, Young People and Family Centre, Leicester
Staff from the Leicester North cluster of children's centres came together for creative display training. Seeking inspiration for their information boards, they were introduced to many ideas. Using these as a starting point, the participants created their own original boards with great success.
Art Ideas for Creative Display
Gledhow Primary School, Leeds
Teachers from Gledhow Primary School had the opportunity to look at different ways to display their current topic work in a creative way. This staff meeting workshop introduced them to how to plan and experience some practical skills. As one participant said, "I have been re-inspired".
Artwork based on Julia Donaldson Stories
St. John the Baptist Primary School, Colwick
As Year 1 and Year 2 were studying Julia Donaldson stories, artwork was created to accompany their literacy work. The children used paint and collage to interpret the storybook characters.
East Midlands Arts Conference
Making the Arts Count
TMC and Affinity and Transform Teaching School Alliances
A great day was had at the East Midlands Arts Conference in Nottingham with like-minded 'art in school' enthusiasts. A display stand was set up to show visiting school staff the different types of workshops that I run.
Speakers at the event stressed the importance of the arts in education and how forging links with an artist can benefit the whole ethos of a school.
Nottinghamshire TA Conference
Teaching assistants from across Nottinghamshire had the opportunity to learn how to develop creative display ideas and techniques in the school environment.
"Excellent workshop, practical advice and tips."
- Comment from one of the delegates
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