My work as a community artist.
When I run a workshop I like to encourage freedom to experiment, have fun and to be fully creative, within the framework of the topic we are starting with. I bring small samples of the technique we are using as well as references to artists and images that we might use for ideas and inspiration, and I try to give an impression of what we’ll be working towards, rather than showing a fully finished version so that no-
Most of the materials I work with are adaptable for lots of topics, I began working with felt making in schools and events because I identified a need for a material that was suitable for a group working together to produce a large, colourfully impressive end result, in situations where there wasn’t either the time or the budget to create a tiled mural.
Over the last 7 years that I have worked as a community artist I have gained experience in what can reasonably be achieved in the time available and to what finished result. I am happy to advise on this, especially for schools where I can help define what could be done in class in preparation before I arrive, or could be carried on as continuing development after I leave. This ensures that the project is an integral part of the class work across both the school curriculum and the rest of the term or even the year’s work.
Something that has been said to me over and over when I’m at a school is how relaxed the teacher feels while I am there working with the class –
I have experience in working with children, teenagers and adults with special learning needs and I ensure that the tools I use in workshops are accessible and safe.
Whether you need an artist for school for a day, a week or as part of a longer term residency.
If you are looking for an artist for a community event, if you would like an artist to work with adults, young parents and families, if you would like an artist to arrange an activity for your social group or evening meeting, just contact us to discuss your needs.
We work with organisations such as corporate sponsors, hospitals and heritage organisations and can manage larger projects including tile murals, willow sculptures and installations for landscape gardens, hospitals and community centres.
After many of the workshops, whether in schools or at public events, I find that adults, children and teachers ask how can they continue to develop their new interest and skills. Our links page on this site has many of the suppliers that we use for that reason, to help people find the materials to continue.
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