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Creative Workshops with Richard Gentle

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 (CDT).

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 can do.

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 for completion.

Typical examples might include:

  • Bird boxes
  • Small wind-operated vehicles or devices
  • A box with a secret compartment
  • Something with a mechanical component
  • Marble runs

Posting ideas
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:

  • To encourage children to enjoy working with physical materials
  • To develop skills in using tools and techniques
  • To foster self-esteem and personal worth
  • To encourage personal enquiry into the best ways to achieve personal goals
  • To promote a sense of enjoyment and camaraderie with other participants

Adult - pupil ratio
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.

Payment Terms
Payment Terms

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 Yorkshire 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:

  1. Location distance (up to 10 miles from WF4 4LG)
    Daily travel will be included in the normal supply fee.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 your invoice.

    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.

Terms & conditions may be subject to change without notice.

Payments 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.