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Project examples

Looking for inspiration or ideas about how you can develop the arts offer in your setting? Here are some recent examples of Daisi projects in Devon and Torbay:

(c) Daisi 2011
'Imagine That' Children's Literature Festival

Daisi partnered 4 professional authors and an illustrator with classes from 4 secondary schools in Exeter and arranged for each group to spend the day at a cultural venue in the city, including Tuckers Hall and St Nicholas Priory, where they devised poetry and prose inspired by their surroundings.

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Celebrating Our World Festival 2009 ©daisi
Learning Community Arts Festival

The Central Learning Community in Exeter organised an arts festival using their shared Learning Community budget. Students explored cultural diversity through arts workshops with professional artists alongside their peers from neighbour settings. Click here to watch the festival film. 

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Jane Hodgson
Fantastical Fishes ©Jane Hodgson
Fantastical Fishes
Hawkchurch Primary School worked with artist Jane Hodgson to explore the world of deep sea fishes. Each student age 4-11 designed and made a three dimensional model of a fantastic fish, to hang from the classroom ceilings.
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Cara Roxanne at Moorland ©Cara Roxanne
Artists provide CPD for early years professionals
The Moorland Childhood Centre, South Brent, organised for two professional artists to work alongside early years children and setting staff for a week. The aim of the week was staff development, investigating innovative approaches to working with young children and creative arts.
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Double Elephant at Exmouth ©daisi

Arts and Enterprise

Exmouth Community College organised an Arts Enterprise day for their year 10 students. The students took part in practical workshops with a range of professional artists and also learnt from the artist about their career pathways.

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Jane Jobling at Parkham ©Jane Jobling
Investigating the local environment
Artist Jane Jobling worked with Parkham Primary School in North Devon to help students produce a mobile for their school hall, inspired by their village and its amenities.
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Roselle with Castle ©Caren Dickinson

Poetry at the beach

Writer Roselle Angwin worked with students from The Castle Primary School in Tiverton at Croyde Bay, North Devon, to write poetry inspired by the coast.
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Sally Clark at Coombe Martin ©daisi
Developing Social and Emotional Literacy (SEAL) through arts activity
Students from Coombe Martin Primary School, North Devon, took part in a SEAL centred project, designed to improve children's social and emotional literacy, based on the theme of 'getting on and falling out', led by artist Sally Clark.
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Students work with James Lake to create large scale statues of historical Tiverton.

Night at the Museum

Tiverton High School students spent a night in Tiverton Museum, working intensively with sculpture, animation and storytelling artists and the Museum staff and volunteers to explore creatively the history of mid Devon. The brave students also slept amongst the creaking exhibits and ghostly statues!
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Alex Norgate workshop
Funky Fortnight with Alex Norgate 2009 ©Emma Hall
Care Leavers Group Funky Fortnight
A group of Care Leavers put together their own 'Funky Fortnight' in the summer, taking part in street dance, DJing, street art and drama workshops with professional practitioners. The young people designed the project themselves and funded it through the Youth Opportunities Fund.
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Drama at Dame Hannah's ©Dame Hannah Trust
Dame Hannah Rogers Trust's School art week
Dame Hannah's residential school, Ivybridge, organised an arts week. Dance, drama and visual artists worked with students, carers and teachers to create a memorable, sensory experience through a range of creative journeys.
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Denise Rowe at Willowbrook ©daisi
Learning through dance
Willowrook Primary School, Exeter, put on an arts week where the whole school explored different cultures through the arts. The students took part in music, visual arts and dance workshops including this African dance workshop with Denise Rowe.
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Xiao Bai Li at Broadhembury ©daisi

Chinese brush painting workshop

Visual artist Xiao Bai Li visited Broadhembury Primary School in East Devon to introduce Chinese brush painting to the children and their teachers.
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Tim Burton ©Devon Libraries

Exploring documention through digital photography

Students from West Exe Technology College and St Peters C of E High School in Exeter worked with artist Tim Burton at Exeter Central Library to help document a week in the life of the library through digital photography. See students work at the West County Studies Library website.
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Doug King Smith at Widecombe ©Widecombe Primary School

Exploring different cultures through music

Artist Doug King Smith worked with Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary School, on Dartmoor, to explore Australian aboriginal stories, dot painting and making and learning to play the didgeridoo!
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Jill Beagley at Furzeham ©daisi
Science through the arts
Furzeham Primary School, Brixham, worked with artist Jill Beagley to explore the science of solids and liquids changing state. The students deepened their understanding of scientific principles through hands-on candle making.
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