In the beginning
The creative making workshops originated from an experience I had on a
teaching practice whilst undertaking my PGCE in Craft, Design & Technology
As every new teacher discovers, managing a new class for the first time
can be a challenging experience on many levels. In some of my first lessons,
I quickly became aware that a number of the pupils were struggling with
the curriculum task given by their regular teacher. This resulted in some
frustration leading to disinterest in the project... and this in turn
led to a breakdown in behaviour.
By the time I got to the second lesson with this particular group, now
teaching alone unsupervised, I decided to ask a couple of the pupils what
they would rather be making! One said a wind-surfer toy and the other
a bird box. Okay, I said, come along at lunchtime and we'll see what we
By the second lunchtime, I had 6 pupils and by the end of the week, most
of the class of 20 were turning up. The interesting thing about this experience,
aside from missing my lunch breaks, was that pupils started approaching
me with intelligent questions about the best ways to proceed with various
stages of their work. A further knock-on effect was an improvement in
regular lesson behaviour and a willingness to have a go at the curriculum
project, previously rejected.
Ideally, workshops take place both outside (weather permitting) and inside,
with access to materials and tools on site. However, in a school situation
this may not be feasible. If you are not a school organisation, you may
have more flexibility on usable locations.
In times of digital media, the opportunity to
do something both physical and creative provides plenty of opportunities
for positive memories, personal and team working... okay... and selfies!
Project work starts with the interests of the individuals, as engagement
tends to be greater when you are personally interested in something
you wish to produce and thought should be given to this in advance of
a workshop session. Ideally, participants should have two or three possible
ideas about what could be made - bearing in mind realistic timescales
Typical examples might include:
- Small wind-operated
vehicles or devices
- A box with a secret
- Something with
a mechanical component
- Marble runs
It is helpful if suggestions from each participant are posted for initial
appraisal to determine feasibility and material requirements. Details
of how to post ideas will be given prior to the workshop. On completion
of this task, information will be given to the participating organisation
or group, as to the types and quantities of materials that will be required
for the project and the tools needed to be available.
The aim of workshops is:
Adult - pupil
Including the facilitator, a minimum of 2 adults per 10 children is
advisable. In any event, an adult or teacher known to the children should
be present with the group, whatever the numbers.
Day visits to schools
If you would like Richard to facilitate lessons in creative making projects,
daily costs apply in line with your normal school teacher supply rates.
Richard is based in the WF4 area of West Yorkshire, UK and close to the
Sculpture Park. Daily travel will be costed at 40p per
mile for anything over a 20 mile round trip.
Please note the additional information below:
- Location distance
(up to 10 miles from WF4 4LG)
Daily travel will be included in the normal supply fee.
- Location distance
(up to 40 miles from WF4 4LG)
Daily travel will be costed at 40p per mile after the first 20 miles
of a round trip.
If you are between 20 and 40 miles from WF4 4LG, only full day workshops
will be considered, limited to one in a week.
- Location distance
(over 40 miles from WF4 4LG)
Daily travel will be costed at 40p per mile once past the first 20 miles.
If a journey is deemed easier by train, ticket costs will be added to
If you are over 40 miles from WF4 4LG, and a workshop session needs
to last more than one day, overnight accommodation may be required.
This should be arranged/provided by you.
conditions may be subject to change without notice.
should be arranged through your school or organisation in the usual way
and/or by means of a purchase order or supply payment.
Payments can be made via BACS, by cheque or through PayPal.