Arts Workshops in Schools and Community Settings

Daisi works with schools and local communities across the whole of Devon and Torbay, offering a wide range of creative experiences for children and young people, including Early Years. 

Daisi has over 130 registered artists who have a wealth of skills and techniques to provide workshops in Dance, Drama, all Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Digital, Animation and Music. 

Workshops are always tailored to the individual needs and objectives of the school or setting. Workshops and projects can be designed for individual schools, or for collaborating school clusters or MATs.  They can be designed to achieve curriculum-based outcomes, or to support personal, social, health, and community outcomes or to fulfil your arts week objectives. 

“We made bird houses and bug hotels. We made them all out of recycled wood, metal and plastic. The best part of the day was building the stuff because when I’m older I’m going to be a builder. It was one of the best days of my life so far. My team made a bug house. I learnt a lot of stuff. I learnt that your imagination can turn something into anything. I even learnt how to use tools! I had a lovely time”

Alex, Shaldon Primary School 

Daisi workshops in secondary schools allow students the opportunity to expand their skill-set and develop their course work.  Workshops engage and inspire GCSE and A level students, as well as providing unique, creative experiences for harder to reach young people.

The National Curriculum programmes of study states: 

  • An artist in your school will help students develop skills for investigating and making, and knowledge and understanding. 
  • An artist in your school will offer your students the chance to experience different approaches to art, craft and design, working in groups, classes or individually.  
  • An artist in your school will help students to develop visual perception and literacy.  
  • An artist in your school will encourage students to experiment with alternative materials, tools and techniques, whilst remaining in accordance with health and safety requirements. 
  • Finally, and perhaps most importantly, an artist in your school will enable students to be introduced to artists, craftspeople and designers, thereby developing their appreciation of the richness of our diverse cultural heritage.

“A few of the participants have high social and emotional needs, which usually hinders them from taking part in group activities in class. However, by the end of the 3 sessions, it was these children that I felt had made the most progress, not only with their focus and skill development, but also with their ability to work collaboratively.” 

Primary School Class Teacher from a Print workshop working with children who had witnessed domestic violence or had parents in prison.

Examples of recent Daisi school workshops: 

Primary schools:

Denbury Primary School – Mosaic artist Monica Shanta Brown, worked with children across the whole school to design and create a collaborative large-scale commemorative piece of art, celebrating the local church’s 700-year anniversary. The project was a powerful, fun and creative way of bringing the school together in a shared venture. The finished mosaic was installed and displayed in the grounds of the church. 

Rydon Primary School, Kingsteignton  – Year 3 children were involved in a creative sculpture project with artist James Lake, designing and creating individual and a collaborative Greek urn to fit in with their theme Greek Gods and Goddesses. The aim of the project was to give the pupils the opportunity to work with a professional artist on a larger scale with a material that they have used before but applied it in a different way.  

Secondary Schools:

Exmouth Community College – 3 artists spent 2 days working with groups of year 10 students as part of their enrichment week. Three different art forms were explored whilst also supporting key units of work from the set art curriculum. Print making, illustration and sculpture were all covered in the two days and the students gained so much from working alongside a range of professional artists. 

Tavistock College – A group of year 10 underachieving art students had the opportunity to work with an amazing cardboard sculptor James Lake, to help build their confidence and skill set in order to support their course work. They used the theme of ‘identity’ to really explore some aesthetic and technical issues.

How do I book a Daisi arts workshop?  

Please click on the button below to complete an online enquiry form to contact Daisi and get your arts project off the ground. Daisi can support you to develop your project design, so please do get in touch even if you only have the beginnings of an idea or would like some inspiration for a project. 

Costs:

A Daisi arts workshop costs £360 per day plus travel and materials for your artist.  Discounts may be available for eligible bookings of more than one day with the same artist. 

Costs for one day and longer projects, shorter events, training and INSET, may vary according to individual project features, or the individual requirements of a particular artist or setting. 

If you are a school in the Teignbridge area you may be eligible for a subsidy from The Helen Foundation. 

In order to maintain the highest quality in all our projects Daisi regularly reviews its fee structure and offer to artists to ensure that fees are in line with the regional and national norm.