Working either independently of alongside teachers, I can tailor creative workshops to enhance curricular activities that enrich provision in all Key Stages. This can include preparation for GCSE and A Level examinations and coursework.
Over the last 19 years I have worked within local education authorities delivering workshops and projects to children and young people in schools teaching digital photography, digital illustration, drawing and painting projects, graphic and creative design throughout all key-stages.
The projects that I have been involved with have been a great amount of fun and have brought about a fantastic amount of creativity.
Key Stages 1 and 2
The digital workshops for these key stages have entailed the exploration of image, deconstruction and reconstruction of digital photography, using the imagination to illustrate characters using various drawing techniques, then building narratives based around the imagery as it is formed, repeat pattern making derived from individually constructed graphics, building monster faces from digital photography, basic animation techniques and story building, illustrations derived from photographic elements, graphic design and text usage, image layering and much more.
Drawing and painting projects have looked at ways of forming characters and imagery based on different and unusual drawing techniques using a variety of pens and other mark making equipment. Further development takes young people on a journey of discovering how to transfer the designs from their ideas on paper to a bigger canvas. From here the designs that they have shaped can progress with the introduction of a variety of painting techniques and assortment of mediums enabling the building up of more and more detail culminating in fabulous and striking artworks.
Key Stage 3
Within Key Stage 3 the projects have been very much based around hands on skills exploring a combination of paper cutting and collage, use of newsprint for text elements, painting over collage and building on relief, the use of colour and black and white photography and the degradation of such imagery within the design process. Also a look at hand sketched material and light box work and the introduction of found materials when building up graphics.
Key Stage 4
Within key stage 4 I have very much been working within current curriculum activities, working closely with young people in ‘GCSE’ Art Graphics and ‘A’ Level Photography groups.
With the ‘GCSE’ groups I have been teaching a large amount of illustrative skills, unusual drawing techniques, light box work, idea formulation, Photoshop skills looking at aspects of graphic design concerning, typography, illustration production and placement, digital image manipulation, image degradation and image correction techniques, colour use, spatial awareness and layout, the scanning and preparation of hand drawn and painted media for use in the digital design process, effective layer use, and key aspects of available tools, what they do, how they work both on their own or in conjunction with each other.
The illustration workshops that I run in secondary schools are a great way of learning the basics as well as some of the more technical elements of Adobe Photoshop. Especially the building up of multiple layers, the power of layer masks, multiple blend modes, detailed texture use, colouring techniques and a lot more.
When working with the ‘A’ Level Photography groups the attention has very much been placed on the importance of planning the photo shoot and knowing what you need to achieve before heading out to collect the raw material. Also establishing an emphasis on volume of material, consideration of light, framing, depth of field, colour consideration and more. Further to this much of my expertise has been imparted dealing with the post production aspects of photography, focusing much more on the subtleties of image correction, tonal composition, use of light, effective framing, black & white / monochrome aspects, photographic manipulation, texture introduction and the teaching of how to use essential post production tools that are available in within the digital software.
It has been lovely to witness many EUREKA moments when students actually realise what can be done within the available software. Acquiring a better understanding of the kit that they are using enables them to really start thinking a lot more boldly about the projects that they undertake and truly expand on the ideas that they form.
For more details and information about the projects that I have delivered, please visit my education blog page that has more in depth examples of workshops and creativity. Link here: EMELBI – Creative Learning in Education
If you are looking at running creative educational workshops and would like me to get involved, please get in touch with me via the Contact Page