Residency: Natalya Martin and Sian Watson Taylor at Ellesmere College

Across May and June 2021, Natalya Martin, supported by Sian Watson Taylor delivered an 18 day residency at Ellesmere College. Sessions were to be delivered partly as live video call sessions, with additional pre-recorded and pre-planned provocations for teaching staff to explore with their students. Unfortunately, on the first day of delivery, 2 of 3Continue reading “Residency: Natalya Martin and Sian Watson Taylor at Ellesmere College”

Teachers JPD: Sightlines Initative

Between October 2020 and March 2021 we commissioned Sightlines Initiative, the UK reference agency for Reggio Emilia, to host 4 seminars, and 4 follow up ‘huddles’ with teachers form each of the 9 partner schools. Sessions focussed on the core principles of Reggio Emilia’s practice in infant and toddler settings, the work of Sightlines Initiative,Continue reading “Teachers JPD: Sightlines Initative”

Guest Post: Helen Duff

Laughing at Art – a series of workshops and reflections. Last week I had the privilege of running a series of workshops with the Attenborough Arts Centre Learning Team as their first associate artist for family inclusion. As hoped, it was a learning experience for everyone involved, and there are many frames through which IContinue reading “Guest Post: Helen Duff”

Residency: Children’s Hospital School at The Beacon

Artist Sian Watson Taylor delivered a 5 day residency at The Beacon Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services unit as part of the Children’s Hospital School. Sian Watson Taylor was brought in as the school were keen to explore messy art practices, mostly with a visual arts basis. The unit has restrictions on some materialsContinue reading “Residency: Children’s Hospital School at The Beacon”

Residency: Sian Watson-Taylor at Ashmount School

Between April and May 2021, Sian Watson Taylor delivered an 18 day residency with 3 classes at Ashmount School. The residency was facilitated by Sian spending the majority of sessions onsite, yet delivering to the class via zoom. Class risk assessments meant that we could not guarantee youngpeople would socially distance form Sian. Sian deliveredContinue reading “Residency: Sian Watson-Taylor at Ashmount School”

Residency: Little Inventors in Space

With the support of match funding from UK Space Agency and Arts Council, this partnership residency with Inspirate and Little Inventors was split across 3 schools, Ashmount, Nether Hall and Ellesmere College.Originally planned as in person delivery, we switched to digital resources for teachers and school support staff to use to run the activity inContinue reading “Residency: Little Inventors in Space”

Teachers JPD: exploring intelligent materials

Partner Teachers of the SENsory Atelier Programme have finished a 6 month Joint Professional Development programme with Sightlines Initiative, Britain’s reference organisation for Reggio Emelia pedagogy. In the final session, teachers presented on sessions that they had faciliated with their young people in their education settings. They explored intelligent materials and how children can learnContinue reading “Teachers JPD: exploring intelligent materials”

Teachers JPD: Doing Diversity Differently training with Open Theatre

To launch our first SENsory Atelier Teacher’s Joint Professional Development (JPD), staff from Attenborough Arts Centre joined teachers from Ashmount School, Ellesmere College and Oaklands School to attend a day of theatre training that showed us new ways of facilitating diverse theatre. At the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton, Open Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Richard HayhowContinue reading “Teachers JPD: Doing Diversity Differently training with Open Theatre”

Guest Post Helen Duff

“Be more playful!” “Let yourself go!” “Stop trying to get it right!” We are standing in a circle. 12 of the team who keep this fantastic organisation working day to day, from front of house to marketing, logistics to learning, and me. Well, some of us are standing. Others are jogging around the edge, gigglingContinue reading “Guest Post Helen Duff”

Guest Post: Helen Duff

Laughing at Art – a series of workshops and reflections. Last week I had the privilege of running a series of workshops with the Attenborough Arts Centre Learning Team as their first associate artist for family inclusion. As hoped, it was a learning experience for everyone involved, and there are many frames through which IContinue reading “Guest Post: Helen Duff”