Education and Outreach
2019 included a stimulating Fresh Air Education programme, designed to specifically relate to the onsite contemporary sculpture. The workshops were led by our excellent tutors and aimed to inspire the senses by providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences. Participants of all ages and abilities had the chance to respond creatively to the sculpture and the surrounding natural environment. We also offered artistic weekend workshops, open to adults (18+), to include techniques of collage, lettering, paper cut out and printmaking.
Since its inception in 1992, Fresh Air has grown into an invaluable resource to visiting educators, artists and students of the arts. In that time, we have fostered an extremely productive relationship with foundation students from local colleges with students being invited to exhibit at Fresh Air, as well as being featured in the Fresh Air catalogue.
Alongside the degree work, our education programme takes pride in the rewarding outreach work we do with special needs and community groups. Through generous donations from The Summerfield Trust and The Coln Children’s Fete, we were able to provide workshops for groups from the Alderman Knight School, Peak Academy, St Lukes College, and Paternoster School, Milestone College, Betteridge School, Heart of the Forest Community Special School, and Cotswold Chine School.
Over 5,000 children from many local schools took part in either a tour of the show led by professional artists and tutors culminating in sculpture workshops, or self-led visit supported by the curators. We have a very experienced art team and each workshop is tailor made to suit each group’s age, needs and abilities – challenging their expectations and inspiring them to make work of their own.
Some Comments after the last Education Programme
Short activities and tour were guided by the children and their interests and explained well
I thought the tutors were brilliant. They engaged the students well and some students who find it hard to work with people did.
Loved the large sensory construction pieces. Excellent preparation by staff.
Alongside the schools and colleges…
… we also work in partnership with organisations such as the Nelson Trust, the National Star Centre, Art Lift, the Churn Community Project and many others who work to combat exclusion from the arts with particular focus on adults facing disabling barriers. We offer drop-in orientation sessions for teachers the week before the exhibition opens, allowing them to plan their visits and get the most from the show for their students.
Our Education Programme
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