I work with pupils over a series of workshops to design a permanent artwork for their school. See below for details.
I provide workshops that compliment Public Art modules of GCSE and BTEC and provide opportunity for pupils to gain insight into a professional artist. I talk about public art in general, my practice and have pupils work on an imaginary brief exploring concepts and designs.
I also work with schools when possible to allow pupils be involved in local public art projects. Commissioners are keen to have an element of community involvement in these projects.
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
- Pete 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, that 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 examples of permanent school artwork