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Art and Design PGCE students lead school workshops

Art and Design PGCE students recently lead workshops with a group of pupils from St Richard’s Catholic College, which included Gelli Printing, Mono and contact printing, simple photogram and light sensitive UV fabric work.PGCE students produced their own resources to inspire pupils and used techniques that can be strongly linked to numeracy through form, pattern, and repetition. They also focused on surfaces, textures and close-ups.

Pupils also produced a flick-flack A4 folding book to display and present their work considering simple lettering, composition and layout.

The day received positive feedback from St Richards’s pupils:

“It was an amazing experience that I would love to do again. I learnt so many skills that will help me with my art work but also a lot of fun’

“Today was very fun and exciting. I learnt a lot of new skills which will help me in my art GCSE”

“It was a really fun and interesting experience to be taught by the art students and the art teachers. I learned a lot about different techniques in art”

“It has built my confidence in art”

“….it gave me lots of ideas on how to present my art”

As part of the day, Miranda Pennington, Art Teacher at St Richards’s Catholic College, also presented a talk to students about practice. She shared her own portfolio and resources to guide and inspire trainees about interview procedures and talked about maintaining high teacher expectations to inspire, motivate and challenge pupils.

“The pupils had an absolutely fantastic day and were excited to use some of the new skills that they had learnt. The student teachers were brilliant”. – Miranda Pennington

The School of Education prides itself on its specialist art and design classrooms, and it was a privilege to be able to invite pupils along to the University. Our strong relationships with partner schools mean that students are able to gain hands on experience, whilst putting theory into practice.


Christina Camm • November 11, 2016

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