Schools and Learning Settings

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Artillery are very pleased to be an Artsmark partner organisation.

The Artsmark Partnership Programme is an Arts Council England endorsed network of arts and cultural organisations that understand the Artsmark criteria and can support schools and education settings on their Artsmark journey to embed arts and culture across the curriculum.

Artillery do this by supporting schools' participation in our neighbourhood projects, supporting artist residencies in schools, and creative continuing professional development, and so achieve their Artsmark strategic goals and ambitions.

Image: Stoneydown Sticks Together courtesy of Farah Ishaq
Image: Stoneydown Sticks Together courtesy of Farah Ishaq
Image: Metal Jungle courtesy of Katarina Crawford
Image: Metal Jungle courtesy of Katarina Crawford

Making Creative Futures feel Possible with the E17 Art Trail 2021!

“I love the Art Trail… as the Art Coordinator [for a primary school] it gives me a reason to speak to all the teachers about art, and find new ways to inspire creativity in our school.”

The E17 Art is a locally grown biennial festival which makes visible so much of the talent and creativity in our town.

Find inspiration with your colleagues

Spark new inspiration for your creative learning plans by visiting artists open studios or joining participative activities. Making these connections could be the start of a new creative collaboration for your school.

  • Step inside carpentry workshops, ceramics studios, print works, letterpress publishers;
  • Meet painters, sculptors, fashion designers, performers and writers.

Artists have been carefully preparing to welcome visitors safely, some ask you to book a time for your visit through our website: https://e17arttrail.co.uk/trail-guide/

Tip: Artists may be able to open their studio by appointment if you are not able to attend in their scheduled opening hours.

Find inspiration with your learners

Can you take an art walk with your learners and find exhibitions in your nearby streets? Lots of exhibitions are viewable from the street.

Tip: All daylight hours exhibitions will be in place by 1 July until 18 July giving time for a site visit to decide your route.

Look out for the sun symbol in the Trail Guide.

Find inspiration for your learners

So many participating artists are passionate about access to creative opportunities on our doorsteps: A cartoon workshop after school, sound sculptures in the local park, making Creepy Crawlies at the Vestry House Museum are just a fraction of the creative invitations for families in the trail.

Tip: Please help your school community feel confident that the E17 Art Trail is open to all by sharing the link to the programme: www.e17arttrail.co.uk in your parent mail or newsletters 

Find inspiration from other learners

15 settings - from pre-school to university - are sharing the artwork of learners and staff in their exhibitions. They will be delighted to welcome you and your learners to their exhibitions or events. Some are also hosting guest artists, for instance, Big Creative Academy has 17 visiting artists exhibiting alongside their students. 

Find Possible Futures and Curriculum Topics

Possible Futures is the theme for this E17 Art Trail. Many artists are exploring creative responses to the climate emergency:  

  • an audience with Madame Bouteille de Lait sporting a restoration costume knitted from milk bottles; 
  • a machine to make new fabric from shredded plastic; 
  • a cardboard forest celebrating the protection of our urban ecosystems are just some.

Other artists have responded to the theme by reflecting on global politics, youth perspective, contemporary medicine or wellbeing.

Tip: Links can be made to every curriculum area. if you would like support identifying these, please contact Morag: morag@artillery.org.uk  or 07899 904939

We realise that every school has had to revise its approach to off-site visits. Please do get in touch about online content that might inspire learning now or in the future. 

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Story Making Together:
Creativity & Wellbeing for EYFS

Artillery is pleased to be offering Creative Continuing Professional Development inspired by our London Borough of Culture project: Grandad's Island: From Page to Pavement.
We're delighted to be joined by theatre maker, Del Taylor, and forest educator, Rachel Summers of Curious Wilds, to offer two-part creative training for teachers, nursery practitioners, teaching assistants, childminders and artists working creatively with children age 3-6yrs. Using the award winning picture book, Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies as our start point, you will acquire affordable and age-appropriate techniques for creative exploration of our world, and our feelings led by your learners’ imaginations.
This will be hands-on training via zoom. Thanks to the Waltham Forest Cultural Education Partnership, this training is FREE. For full information and how to book go to: http://lbwfcep.eventbrite.com/
Midweek afternoon dates are: Wed 21 April & Mon 10 May
Saturday dates are: 24 Apr & 1 May. Special thanks to Benji Davies, the local author-illustrator who created the award winning book 'Grandad's Island'.

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