Artist in Learning

I run workshops for schools, local authorities and similar agencies often using recycling, environmental and heritage themes. The meaningful involvement of all the children is paramount. I also run workshops based on my travels to Antarctica, the Arctic and China.

‘The workshops were printastic’

student at Yelvertoft Primary School following a printmaking week.

Year 7 students, Magdalen College School where I was creative practitioner for eight weeks on a project entitled The Fragile Earth. (SEE PROJECTS)

‘(I liked) working with my friends because we shared ideas – team work’. Alice Fisher
‘I liked the fact it was a double lesson because you had more time to do exactly what you wanted to do as you could finish it’– Natasha Keen
‘The lesson was really fun and enjoyable because it was a different type of lesson and is really creative – Lauren Knight
I liked this lesson because it was fun and different to anything else we have done’ – Connor

I am a qualified Teacher, Youth Worker and Adult Education Tutor, arts consultant and curator I enjoy working with people of all ages and abilities
Schools workshops – specific to your needs – a whole new look at life.

●Key stages 1, 2, and 3 flexible, adaptable workshops to fit your curriculum needs, arts based workshops with cross-curricular potential.
●Planning session included
●Resource pack with copyright free materials, reference web addresses and worksheets.

Duration – Workshops can be one day, a week, one day a week for half a term or other times.
Costs £220 per day to include planning visit to help you get the most from the experience, resources pack and most materials, travel up to 50 miles,reduction for bookings of a week or more.
Below is a list of specific workshops wRecycling
Workshops include a range of activities, mostly art based using recycled materials such as unwanted fabric, aluminium cans, old cds, paper, plastic bags, plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, ribbon, string, buttons and foil, but can incorporate elements of story telling, history, geography, science.
● Planning session – a selection of activities is offered and may be chosen in advance, for example the main activity could be on piece of work produced by a group of pupils or individual items.

One day workshops for schools and other agencies

Canal painting
Simple version of traditional canal painting, particularly good if linked with a trip to Stoke Bruerne but visual materials can be supplied, can be linked in with history of canals, canal life, wildlife and the environment .

Colour and light
Hangings, which can be made by individuals but linked to make a large piece suitable for a hall or entrance – can be used indoors and out.

Wall Hangings
Using recycled materials individual pieces re linked to make one large hanging or a number of smaller ones to make a real statement in your school.

Cut like Matisse
Taking the work of this artist as a starting point children learn to look carefully, to ‘draw with scissors’, see positive and negative shapes, explore colour and the relationship of one colour with another, to make different textures, to try using different papers and other materials, to see the effects of space. One day workshops are possible but workshops over several days – say one a week for half a term – will lead to a greater exploration of the above.

Chinese Puzzles

Include a range of activities, mostly art based, but can incorporate elements of story telling, journal keeping, history, geography, science and the environment, particularly recycling.
Planning session – a selection of activities is offered and may be chosen in advance, for example the main activity could be a lion from fabric and papier mâchė which could be work by a group of pupils, individual head-dresses (boys and girls) or design your own Chinese style characters
Based on my travels in China

Why don’t Polar Bears eat Penguins?
Based on my visits to the Antarctic and Arctic
Workshops include a range of activities, mostly art based but can incorporate elements of story telling, journal keeping, history, geography, science and the environment.
Planning session – a selection of activities is offered and may be chosen in advance, for example the main activity could be a huge group collage or individual illustrated books.

Murals
Working on murals, especially with young people, is something I have enjoyed for a number of years. Murals do take time to plan, prepare and execute, they are likely to be in place for some time and bring a lot of satisfactionto participants and viewers alike so it is worth getting them right. I painted my first mural as an ‘A’ level student at Brentwood County High School. It was based on paperback book logos as it was sited by the English block. Since then I have painted murals in Youth Clubs, Secondary Schools, Primary Schools, Community Centres, Nurseries, Leisure Centres and at swimming pools. These have been inside and out in Essex, West Glamorgan, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.If you are interested in having a mural painted or in me leading a group or community mural do get in touch.

Hand made books
There are a variety of styles and methods to suit the subject. Individual books can be made to hold creative writing and illustrations or projects made during the workshops – best to have three days or more spread over a number of weeks to develop ideas. Alternatively a small number of group books can be made. For longer term projects book boxes can be made which hold the hand made book and additional items to enhance the reading experience e.g. games (pupil made), recipes, instructions on items to make. Contact me for more details or how I can link this workshop to a curriculum area you wish to look at. The book could be an album looking at the self, home or a sense of place for example or maybe on recycling and the environment, the book made of recycled materials with projects designed by the children inside.

Special needs workshops
● Workshops include a range of activities, mostly art based . They can be individual or group activities.
● Planning session – a selection of activities is offered and may be chosen in advance, for example the main activity might be a group activity with a single piece produced at the end or individual pieces of work.
●Ideas for workshops include life size 3D figures, colour and light hanging, simple printmaking and workshops based on the ideas tailored to suit your needs, do contact me to discuss ideas you may have, If I can’t do them myself I may know someone else who can.

Other Services – community arts, schools, special needs, consultancy, curating exhibitions, visual art and creative writing
Community Arts
• Accessible to people of all ages & abilities
• Community Inclusion in your project or initiative
• Targeting specific groups
• Providing learning opportunities in an informal setting
• Opportunities for Community participation

“CCP has commissioned Sonia to lead a number of arts workshops as she is organised, reliable, creative and adaptable and we look forward to working with her again in the future.”
Angela-Gaye Mallory-Starks, Arts and Heritage Development Manager
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