I am available on a whole day/half day basis to work with members of your school community to lead art and craft projects with a defined end product – for example a wall-hanging to display in a newly decorated entrance hall, or perhaps to commemorate an event or to celebrate links with the local area.
I am happy to teach the skills involved, source materials and lead the project from conception to completion; or to act simply as project manager by providing inspiration and design ideas, perhaps through INSET training with your staff.
I also provide in-school workshops to develop particular art, craft and design skills, from patchwork and embroidery to papermaking and felting – the perfect way to enhance a creatively planned curriculum and to provide creative challenge for your Gifted and Talented pupils, as well as to meet the needs of the ‘Excellence and Enjoyment’ criteria.
- 2009: Led the first prize winning Primary School entry, International Festival of Quilts (Kingsbury Primary school)
- 2010: Led the second prize winning Primary School entry, International Festival of Quilts (Kingsbury Primary school)
- 2011: Led the ‘highly commended’ Primary School entry, International Festival of Quilts (Kingsbury Primary school)
EXAMPLES OF SCHOOL /COMMUNITY PROJECTS 2011:
- Y5/6 G&T ‘The Seasons’ stitched panels, Marston Green Junior School.
- Y3/4 G&T ‘Royal Wedding’ printed piano panel, Marston Green Junior School.
- Y 6 ‘Leavers’ wall-hanging, Marston Green Junior School.
- Henley-in-Arden Cluster Community Conference Quilt project.
- Family craft workshop, Burntwood Wakes Family Day (Burntwood Town Council).
- KS2 G&T Coventry Cathedral commemorative banner, Wootton Wawen CE Primary School.
- Y3/4 ‘Crosses’ printed piano panel, Wootton Wawen CE Primary School.
‘A wonderful enriching experience for our pupils; highly enjoyable and resulting in memorable display work. Mary is an excellent artist and teacher with a contagious enthusiasm and fresh ideas. A pleasure to work with!’ – Sarah Haynes, Assistant Head Teacher, Marston Green Junior School, Birmingham (Solihull MBC)
“Mary worked with Henley Cluster of Schools on a community project where we all worked together to produce a community quilt. We all had a wonderful day, sewing together and producing a wonderful piece of work. Mary inspired us all, children and adults alike, to pick up our needles and cotton and enjoy the art of quilting. I am sure most of us are converts and look forward to working with Mary again in the future.” – Janet Strugnell, Extended Services Cluster Coordinator, Henley-in-Arden School (Warwickshire)