Paper Circuits

Make a light-up artwork this workshop where science and art collide. Students will learn about simple and parallel circuits using LEDs, copper tape and batteries. Once they've experimented with the components, they will design and make an artwork featuring coloured lights. This workshop is perfect for making space themed artwork, Christmas cards, and more.

Sewable Circuits

Stitch a circuit! Students will learn about simple circuits using conductive thread, sewable LEDs and batteries. Then they'll use the components along with a sewing needle to stitch a light-up circuit with onto a piece of felt. Students can incorporate the LED into a felt motif that could become a bag tag or keyring. This is a great opportunity for students to learn the key skill of sewing whilst exploring technology.

Contactless Bag Tags

In this workshop students learn all about the contactless technology which is becoming a prominent feature in our lives. Students will explore what this technology is used for before designing a bag tag or keyring that features it's own contactless NFC chip. Students will program their individual chips to display a short message on a mobile phone. 

Drawbots

We LOVE making drawbots. Students will be guided through creating a drawbot - a really simply robot that doodles as it moves. This is a really fun workshop that promotes engineering and experimentation as students try to get their drawbots to create different patterns and movements. At the end students will have created a giant collaborative artwork produced entirely by their robots. This workshop is a great precursor to our Code-a-Drawbot workshop too.

Green Screen Fun

The possibilities are endless with our green screen workshop! Students will first learn about chroma keying - the process of compositing images together, commonly known as green screen and used in famous films such as Star Wars and Harry Potter. Students will then draw and craft their own backdrops before being photographed and transported into them. This one can be adapted to fit in with all kinds of themes - it works especially well for World Book Day.

Digital Portraits

In this workshop students delve into the world of digital drawing. Using a free app on a tablet, students will photograph and draw each other, exploring colour, layers, and brushes. This session can be built around a specific style or artist, such as Andy Warhol or Vincent Van Gogh, or it can be centred around a different subject matter, for example book characters or animals. This is also a great precursor to our doodle animation workshop.

Stop Motion Animation

We'll turn your class into a mini Aardman Studio with our stop motion animation workshop! Students will be taught about the process of stop motion animation before going on to produce their own. They'll begin by storyboarding a short scene, then create and photograph a scene out of movable objects - we love using Lego, plasticine, and even handdrawn images on pieces of paper. It's an opportunity to get really creative!

Doodle Animation

In this workshop students learn all about digital animation. We'll give them a quick introduction to hand-drawn animation, referencing Disney and the like, before setting them off on the task of producing their own animated image using a tablet. 

 

Intro to Scratch Coding

In this session students get an introduction to Scratch, a block-based coding environment perfect for beginners.

Game Designers

In this session students will create a full functioning game using Scratch. Participants will learn about fundamental computing concepts such as variables. iteration and conditional statements to create timers, scores, and design characters and backgrounds that change with events. Content of the game can be themed by importing images related to a specific topic - for example a class might code a space-themed game, or an animal-themed game. This workshop is most suited to classes who have had an introduction to coding in Scratch. If your class has not used Scratch before. we recommend our Introduction to Scratch workshop.

Drawing with Code

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Code a Drawbot

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Intro to Micro:bit

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Micro:bit 2

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Digital Music Makers

There's not a recorder or triangle in sight in this workshop! Students will be introduced to the Sonic Pi platform - a text-based coding environment that enables you to create musical compositions with code. Students will learn about basic programming concepts such as variables, iteration and conditional statements. This session is great for those who might be ready to make the transition to text-based coding, but it can be enjoyed without prior coding knowledge.

Intro to Idea Award

The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA, is an international programme that helps you develop and demonstrate your digital, enterprise and employability skills for free. In this session we'll get your students started on their iDEA journey, by introducing the award, getting them signed up with an account, and getting them started on their first badge. Badges cover everything from online safety to creating animated GIFs, 

Online Safety

What does it mean to be a good digital citizen? What is digital treasure? How do I stay safe online? The internet is a brilliant resource for learning. socialisation, and fun. but it is evolving at a faster rate than ever. In this workshop students begin by mapping out the places they visit on the internet and where they leave 'digital footprints' (pieces of information about themselves). Students will then go on to learn about what information is okay to share and what they should be keeping safe (and how to do that). before considering what it means to be a good digital citizen. This workshop is interactive and group discussion is encouraged throughout .The session can be tailored to focus on a specific area of online safety or provide a more general overview of the topic. It would work well during Get Online Week. Safer Internet Day, or Anti-Bullying week.

 

Ceramics

Work with one of our ceramic artists to make and create an artefact related to a topic of your choosing. Students could make historic artefacts such as Greek amphoras, Roman oil lamps. and Egyptian canopic jars, or they could make something to demonstrate their knowledge on a topic such as a tile that depicts the Solar System. or a character from a book. This session really can be tailored to suit any topic — or it can be framed as a purely creative session that encourages pupils to experiment and create something individual to them. Participants will also learn about the science behind making things out of clay, including the process of glazing, firing, and vitrification.

Mosaic

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Weaving

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Sewing & Embroidery

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Lino Printing

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Collograph Printing

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Textile Screenprinting

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Drawing & Illustration

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Collage

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