I work with primary children over a series of workshops to design their own permanent artwork for their school. The resulting artworks can make for a striking addition to the school environment. See below for more details.
I also work with schools to allow pupils be involved in local public art projects. Public Art commissioners are often keen to have an element of community involvement in these projects and this can provide a rich learning opportunity for pupils.
School workshops are also provided on a variey of themes. See below for details.
I provide day and half day workshops for Primary schools focusing on:
- Science and art
- Maths and art
- Human body and art
- Islamic geometric patterns
- Mobile construction
Public Art and Sculpture workshops to create permanent artwork for schools
- Leading to pupils designing their own permanent artwork
- A wonderful opportunity to enhance school buildings/ grounds and provide a strong message that the school supports creativity
- I supports pupils through the creative process to design high quality artwork – sculpture, wall relief or text based work made in steel or other metals for the school grounds/buildings.
- For the pupils it is a wonderful opportunity for them to take ownership of a project that has an end product and that can visually enhance their school environment. It allows the children to work on a scale that is not usual in school.
- The workshops are designed to cover many aspects of the Art and Design national curriculum, including drawing skills, working in 2 and 3 dimensions, exploring a range of starting points. They will also investigate shape, form and space, exploring scale, understanding of materials and process, exploring ideas based work and abstract form, learning to collaborate on specific project, evaluating and developing work. The project also brings in other elements of the national curriculum such as technology – in terms of materials and process and science and maths in terms of structures, geometry, scale etc.
- Pupils are encouraged to visualise, explore, develop and clarify their ideas in images. They are introduced to the thinking processes of creative artists.
- The pupils are encouraged to discuss and compare their creative ideas and accept and give constructive criticism. They learn to collaborate giving up sole ownership of their artwork as part of a collaborative project.
- The designs resulting from the workshops are computerised, laser profile cut and then industrially fabricated and finished and finally installed at the school. The pupils gain insight into this industrial process tracking the work throughout as it is produced by slide and video presentation.
- All work is fabricated to a high standard, is durable in the outdoor environment and meets all health and safety standards.
- The overall budget of the project depends largely on the scale and type of work produced. A project like this is not as expensive as you may think, however suggestions for possible additional funding include sponsorship from local business. Firms often like the idea of high profile visible public work.
- Finally these workshops provide students with wonderful opportunity to meet a professional artist, who exhibits regularly and has work sited throughout the country and to gain insight into an artist’s career. The workshops allow them be fully involved in the design, and then follow their project through to completion.
- The project gives students an immense sense of pride, seeing their resulting work installed on the school premises.
- I very much enjoy working with young people, encouraging their creativity and sharing my experiences and skills as a professional artist.
See Gallery for more examples of permanent school artwork
From beginning to end Pete worked with the children’s ideas – guiding and encouraging them, suggesting alternative ways of developing the plans and sketches – but he never took control away from the children. The pupils were enthused, motivated and inspired and the finished product is a stunning addition to the school environment and, judging by the praise and positive comment we have received from local people, something that enhances the local community as well.
We feel very proud of the work that the children did with Pete and believe that the pupils were able to share in something very special working alongside him. The process and the end product were both of the highest standard – a testament to the approach Pete takes in his work.
I would whole heartedly recommend Pete to work with groups of school children – he shows professionalism, humour, empathy, understanding, warmth and a commitment to producing high quality work alongside children.
Headteacher, Ashley Down Primary School