Art Stars offers bespoke school workshops, ranging from one-off hour long sessions to art days and longer residencies. Our lead artist, Ellie, is an experienced primary art teacher, having worked as an artist in residence covering two primary schools in Peterborough for five years. She has also visited many schools in her capacity as children’s book author and illustrator to run workshops based on her picture books (see Author Visits page for further information).

Ellie is able to create workshops using a range of media, including drawing, painting, textiles, sculpture, collage and printmaking. She can also work with groups of children to create large scale installations, which make a lovely permanent display for the school (see Collaborative Projects page). Ellie is happy to tailor workshops to cover a particular topic such as Romans, Ancient Egyptians or Aztecs. Ellie is also a qualified arts Award adviser and is able to deliver Arts Award in schools up to Silver level (more information can be found under our ‘classes’ tab and on 

Below are some examples of artwork completed with Ellie by primary school children, plus some testimonials from schools. Please click on a photo to enlarge.




It was a real pleasure to have Ellie in school. I contacted her with details of our Arts Week and she tailored and delivered workshops across the school to fit with our theme. Ellie taught the children many art techniques in the short 45 minutes she had with each class, and I was really impressed with the well-thought out ideas. All resources were provided and Ellie had a very caring, gentle demeanor with the children. Ellie was very clear with her instructions and the completed art work was beautiful! All teachers commented on how enjoyable the workshops were for the children and we received many compliments from parents. Thank you very much, we would love to have you back!

Lindsey Wilson, Nene Valley Primary School