I worked with Kilsyth Primary School to help them engage with their heritage and the local community. Each class took part in workshops with me to create a temporary art installation that would form part of an art trails for the 140 year celebration of the school. Each artwork focussed on an area of local heritage and industry.
Campsie View is a school for children with a range of additional support needs. I was asked to work with each child (about 90 pupils) so they could contribute to a mural for the front entrance. Which such a range of mental and physical ability I developed a project that everyone could get involved in. I used a variety of medium and techniques to meet the needs of the children and although I only had a short amount of time with each pupil I think the result is very successful.
The aim was to give 100 teenagers from North Lanarkshire a taste of what its like to do my job. I focused on my work for music festivals as I thought it would appeal to their imagination. I asked them to create monsters from clay imagining that they were huge scale so people at a festival could walk around them and climb on them. Some great results and a lot of fun.
I have been busy running CPD training for nursery practitioners from all over South Lanarkshire. About eight years ago I created an education resource with the areas cultural coordinators to help teachers to introduce children to child protection issues. The resource focuses on the early warning signs and a network of support all tackled in an easy and fun way through art activities. Since we developed the resource it was proved to be very popular, effective and has been use each year in many establishments. As the resource is still very relevant we did not need to update it and we received funding to run another set of training sessions all around the county.