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Arts Education

Working alongside our academics, Art Exchange, ESCALA and the Lakeside Theatre, our Arts Education team offer a variety of opportunities to primary schools. Our activities strengthen and deepen schools’ experiences with a wide range of tailored artistic programmes, exposing students to high-quality arts experiences and artistic facilities.

Our vibrant and varied programme offers primary school children the opportunity to explore and participate in the arts from an early age.

Schools in and around the Colchester region can contact us in order to access our programme, initiating exciting partnerships and new possibilities. Our programmes also support schools with their Artsmark journey.

For Arts Education’s latest news and updates, join the Arts Education Primary School mailing list (we’ll only get in touch when we have something really exciting to share), or follow us on Twitter.

Upcoming events

  • Discover in a Day - April and June 2019

    'Discover in a Day' will guide students through an exciting day full of hands-on workshops, captivating games, and opportunities to create their own pieces of art.

    Throughout the day the students complete their own log book, where they draw or write about their experiences and what they might like to do in the future. Each child receives an Arts Award Discover certificate, (entry level award in the arts) that sets them off on their journey through Arts Award.

    Dates available

    • 3 April 2019
    • 25 June 2019
    • 27 June 2019
    "What a fantastic day. The children loved all the workshops and have been inspired (so have the staff!) Very well organised."
    Teacher, 2018

    Contact

    Clare Ruffle, Arts Education Officer
    Email: cruffle@essex.ac.uk
    Telephone: 01206 873883

  • Primary School Teacher CPD - Tuesday 2 July 2019


    • Date: Tuesday 2 July 2019
    • Time: 9.00am - 3.30pm
    • Location: Colchester Campus, University of Essex

    Our annual teacher CPD brings together an array of experienced arts practitioners to guide teachers through a day of fun, helpful and practical arts activities that they can take straight back into class.

    We have an array of experienced arts practitioners who will guide teachers and support staff through a day of fun, helpful and practical arts activities that they can take straight back into class.

    This year we will look at non-traditional arts, such as animation and coding. Our hands-on workshops will explore the exciting possibilities of digital arts, while giving you fresh and inspiring ideas which you can easily implement in your lessons plan.

    The CPD is free to attend although booking is essential. Details of how to book will be shared closer to the date via this page, our mailing list or Twitter feed.

    "What a fabulous programme. Loads of useful and inspirational ideas! Fabulous networking opportunities. On a personal level - SOUL FOOD!"
    Teacher

    Contact

    Clare Ruffle, Arts Education Officer
    Email: cruffle@essex.ac.uk
    Telephone: 01206 873883

Previous events

  • Creative Writing Competition 2018

    Thank you to all the children who took part in the 2018 Creative Writing Competition this year. We received 665 entries in total.

    Contact

    Clare Ruffle, Arts Education Officer
    Email: cruffle@essex.ac.uk
    Telephone: 01206 873883

  • Schools' Creative Writing Inspiration Day

    Linked to the Creative Writing Competition, we welcomed schools on to campus on 9 October 2018 to take part in a range of hands-on workshops to bring storytelling to life through the arts.

    During the day, James Campbell shared his secrets of writing exciting stories with characters who stay with us even after we close the book. Children developed their imagination and ideas, as well as exercised their creative thinking.

    Workshops included creative writing, poetry, illustration and storytelling through drama.

    "The diversity of the activities has been very inspiring and has allowed all children to access the activity which most interested them, so all of the activities have been valuable."
    Teacher

    Contact

    Clare Ruffle, Arts Education Officer
    Email: cruffle@essex.ac.uk
    Telephone: 01206 873883

  • Gallery visit - Art Exchange

    It’s never too early to introduce children to a gallery environment and allow them to form ideas and opinions of professional artwork.

    We welcomed groups of KS1 children on to campus to take part in a hands-on workshop linked to Caroline Walker’s exhibition ‘Home’, hosted in our very own gallery, Art Exchange.

    Once the children explored the gallery and the themes that surround the exhibition, they worked with an experienced arts practitioner and used a broad range of materials to produce a creative response.

    Caroline Walker’s series of paintings, titled ‘Home’, presents a less familiar portrayal of the refugee crisis. The exhibition allowed learners to explore challenging worldwide issues in a creative environment at an appropriate level.

    The exhibition ran from 26 September to 3 November 2018.

    Dates available

    • 16 October
    • 17 October
    • 18 November
    • Other dates may available upon request.

    Contact

    Kate Beckwith, Arts Education Manager
    Email: kbeckw@essex.ac.uk
    Telephone: 01206 873889

Contact us

To find out more about our programme and ways we can support your school’s Artsmark Journey, please contact the Arts Education Team at artsed@essex.ac.uk