Workshops

We offer a range of creative educational workshops that have been designed with the curriculum in mind. Central to all sessions is an arts-based activity (from printmaking to coding, clay building to electronics) that can be adapted to link with a specific topic or theme - this might be to coincide with a themed day or week such as British Science Week, to tie in with something your class are currently studying such as the Harry Potter books or the Solar System, or to link to an artist or arts movement. 

 

Listed workshops can be delivered as standalone sessions or built into longer-projects which allow for deeper learning to take place. All of our workshops are beneficial for students undertaking their Arts Award, or schools working toward Artsmark. Our CPD sessions are also built around these workshops.

Our sessions are delivered by at least one of our DBS checked team of facilitators. Sessions can be delivered in school or at our learning studio in Wigan town centre. Upon receiving your enquiry we will discuss your specific needs, so that we can ensure your students (and teachers) have the best experience possible. 

 

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To make an enquiry, please contact us by emailing louise@wigansteam.co.uk or using the contact form at the bottom of the page.

 

Creative Technology

 
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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Creative Coding & Digital Skills

 
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Intro to Scratch

In this session students get an introduction to Scratch, a block-based coding environment perfect for beginners. Students will learn about fundamental programming concepts such as iteration and conditional statements and create an animated scene complete with sound effects. This is a great precursor to our Scratch Game Design workshop.  

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Scratch Game Design

In this session students will create a fully 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. 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.

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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 and create a piece of digital music. 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.

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Intro to Micro:bit

The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that introduces you to how software and hardware work together. It has an LED light display, buttons, sensors and many input/output features that you can program and physically interact with.  In this session students will get an introduction to the micro:bit and learn how to program it using block code. Students will learn to display interactive messages on the micro:bit's LED display. 

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Micro:bit Inventors

This workshop follows on from our Intro to Micro:bit workshop. In this session students will invent a useful product which makes use of the micro:bit's sensors and features that they learnt about previously. They will then go on to create a functioning prototype of the product by coding it with block code, and adding additional parts using simple materials such as paper, card and string. Examples of products include a step counter, a night light, and digital instrument.

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Code a Drawbot

In this session students will code a drawing robot and create a colorful collaborative artwork. Students will first experiment with block code on tablets or computers to create mathematical drawings, before uploading their code to the robot and creating a physical drawing with it. This is a great workshop to follow the Intro to Scratch session, but also works as a standalone session.

 

Hands-On Making

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Ceramics

Work with one of our ceramic artists to make and create a ceramic piece. Students could make historic artefacts such as Greek amphoras and Egyptian canopic jars, or something to demonstrate their knowledge on a topic such as a tile depicting the Solar System — 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.

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Weaving

In this workshop students can try their hand at hand loom weaving to create a textured textile piece that could be turned into a wall hanging, a drinks coaster, or a patch for clothing. Students will learn about the historical craft of weaving and it's importance in the textile industry before going on to prepare their own looms and learn several weaving techniques. This workshop can be linked to environmental topics by using recycled and natural materials as yarn.

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Sewing & Embroidery

In this workshop students will learn basic hand sewing skills to allow them to create a piece of textile artwork. They'll learn how to thread a needle, fasten off, and use a variety of stitches to create different effects. This session can be themed to suit what you're studying at the moment, or can be framed as a purely creative session where students can experiment with different techniques and materials. This workshop works well alongside our Textile Screenprinting and Sewable Circuits workshops.

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Textile Screenprinting

In this workshop students learn about the textile screen-printing process from creating a design, cutting out a stencil, mixing inks and finally printing their design onto a piece of fabric. Students could use their piece to create a bag, cushion cover, or even a face mask. This session works well as a precursor to our Sewing & Embroidery session, where students could then stitch into their screen-printed creations.

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Lino Printing

In this session students learn about the process of lino printing from creating a design, safely cutting it into lino, and finally printing it. Dependent upon the age of our class, this can be developed so that students learnt about multiple colour printing processes and create a two colour lino print. This workshop can be tailored to suit a variety of different topics and occasions - students could create artwork for Christmas or birthday cards, or illustrations to accompany creative writing, or simply experiment with mark-making.

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Collograph Printing

In this workshop students will experiment with collograph printmaking. Students will be taken through the process of creating a textured printing plate using materials such as cardboard, fabric, and string, preparing it to print, and finally printing artwork with it. This workshop can be tailored to specific themes as it is perfect for creating illustrative images, or it can be approached as a purely creative session where students can experiment with a variety of mark-making techniques. 

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