Contemporary arts and education

Claire has combined her contemporary art practice at educational settings that include primary and secondary schools (KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5), early years settings (EYFS).  Previous projects in schools have combined Claire’s skills in drawing, sculpture, photography and animation with PSHE themes such as primary-secondary transition, positive behaviour or interaction with the school environment. Sessions typically involve working as a team, encourage creative thinking , problem solving and develop a practical skill.

“Claire’s fantastic transition project with our year 7 students offered them a unique and authentic experience, working with a professional Artist to articulate their own creative responses to their move from primary to secondary school. By helping them to create artworks on site, Claire gave the students a real sense of belonging and ownership in a very exciting and engaging way.”  

Evonne Bixter – Creative Learning Coordinator, St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic High School.

Galleries across the North West, including Harris Museum and Art Gallery and The Brindley Arts Centre, have commissioned Claire to engage schools with their contemporary arts programme.  Gallery education projects typically combine Claire’s practical skills with a selection of activities that encourage curiosity about the exhibitions displayed and develop young people’s understanding of what contemporary art is with why and how it is made.

In my workshops I aim to take people on a journey, from understanding an idea, deciding how to show that visually, using or learning  new practical skills, resulting in the production of individual and group artworks by the end of the process. – Claire Weetman

For examples of this process in action with KS4 & KS5, see this report on work at Knutsford Academy and Cowley International College.