Arts Award News

This week, two of our Arts Award classes had a visit from the lovely Muni, who ran a mosaic workshop for each group. We learned how to create coasters using glass tiles, and produced some wonderful pieces! We’ll be grouting the tiles next week- we’re looking forward to seeing the finished coasters!

We’ll be reviewing the visit as part of our Arts Award. A huge thank you to Muni for visiting us! 

Find out more about Muni’s wonderful work here.

Cerise Class


Sapphire Class

Summer Holiday Workshops!

We’ve been having a lovely time running our workshops this summer! Here’s what we’ve been up to in week 1…

Thursday 8th August

Creepy Crawly Pebbles


Watercolour Jellyfish (Session 1)


Vegetable Printed Tote Bags


Watercolour Jellyfish (Session 2)

Wednesday 7th August

Shaving Foam Marbling (Session 1)


Watercolour Crystals and Gems


Hair Braids and Feathers


Shaving Foam Marbling (Session 2)

Christmas Workshops

We had a lovely couple of days of workshops last week! Here’s what we’ve been up to…

Matchbox Monsters 


Silhouette Selfies


Matchbox Monsters 2


Christmas Crafts


Festive Pebble Painting


Watercolour Birch Trees

Summer Holiday Workshops

We’ve had a lovely couple of weeks of workshops! A big THANK YOU to our fabulous visiting artists (Sam Hope, Clare Turner, Lee Mason and Rose Croft), and of course to our fantastic students! We hope you had a wonderful time.

Here’s what we’ve been up to… (Please click on a photo to enlarge)

Mandala Pebbles with Sam Hope

Sam showed us how to create beautiful Mandala-style patterns onto pebbles using cotton buds, cocktail sticks and acrylic paint. The results were really effective, and looked especially lovely once varnished!

Tuesday Session

Thursday Session


Watercolour Skies with Clare Turner (Paisley Art)

Clare showed us how to create atmospheric skies using different watercolour techniques. The results were really effective!

Clare’s Facebook page- Paisley Art


Charcoal Trees with Clare Turner (Paisley Art)

We learned two different techniques for creating trees using charcoal, achieving some stunning results!


Painting in Virtual Reality with Lee Mason

Wednesday Session

These sessions were so exciting! The students picked up the technique very quickly and were soon producing fantastic three-dimensional virtual art. They particularly enjoyed the sound effects, and the fact that they could teleport around their virtual space to see their artwork from different angles. The photos of the laptop screens show a glimpse of what the students could see, but they really don’t do it justice!

Lee’s website-

Monday 2:30pm Session

Monday 5:00pm Session


Mosaic Flower Pots with Sam Hope

We decorated flower pots and coasters using lots of different glass tiles, beads and buttons. They looked lovely when they were finished!


Giacometti Figures with Ellie

We made sculptures based on the work of Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti using lolly sticks, wire and tin foil. The students came up with some brilliant poses and the results were very effective!


Circle Weaving with Rose Croft

We used coloured yarn and different beads to create wonderful woven patterns. The students got the hang of it quickly and produced some wonderful work!

Rose’s website-


Festival Hair Braids with Rose Croft

We learned how to create colourful clip-in braids using coloured threads. It was a fiddly job- the students showed real patience and concentration!


Discover Arts Award

Session 1

This session was all about discovering the arts around us. We identified different art forms such as photography, painting, sculpture, animation, poetry, drama and music. We sorted photos into the different categories and recorded them in our log books. We then played ‘Creativity Bingo’ (see photo)- our artists had the opportunity to try out a range of media through short activities, ticking them off as they went.

Session 2

In this session we investigated the abstract paintings of British artist Anthony Frost. We researched his life and work as a group, and produced our own work inspired by the techniques and colours he uses. We then reflected on the work we’d done, both in the Arts Award sessions and in other workshops we’d attended, and shared our thoughts with the group. 

At the end, we were presented with mini certificates to show we’d completed the Discover Arts Award course- soon we’ll be receiving official certificates from Trinity College in recognition of all our hard work!

Arts Award

Sapphire Class- Bronze Arts Award

Sapphire class took part in a workshop run by the wonderful Clare from Paisley Art this week! We learned how to create beautiful beetles using inks- we especially enjoyed using pearlescent colours to add a shimmery quality to our work.

Clare runs wonderful adult art classes- you can find out more about them on her Facebook page, Paisley Art.

A big thank you to Clare for visiting- we really enjoyed the session!

Easter Workshops

We had a lovely couple of days of workshops over the Easter holidays! Here’s what we got up to…

Rockin’ Robots

We designed some fantastic robot characters using cardboard, gold acrylic paint, metallic paper and other bits and pieces!

Leaf Collages

Visiting artist Clare (Paisley Art) showed us how to make vibrant mixed media artwork, using leaf shapes as inspiration. We used inks to create a background then chose different papers to work on top. We got some lovely results!

Clare runs adult art classes too- please use this link to her Facebook page Paisley Art for details.


Drawing with Ink and Twigs

Clare showed us how to use twigs dipped in ink to draw expressive birds! 



Visiting artist Rose showed us how to weave our own dreamcatchers using willow, yarn and thread. We incorporated beads and feathers into our designs. It was a fiddly job but the results were great!

You can find out more about Rose’s art on her website.


Paper Flowers

Rose showed us how to create lots of different kinds of flowers using tissue paper. We made them into headdresses!


Fluttering Butterflies

We painted colourful backgrounds onto MDF using acrylic paint, before adding paper butterflies!

Session 1

Session 2


A big thank you to Clare, Rose and to everyone who came to our workshops- we had a lovely time with you all!