I am delighted to be starting out on my fifth year of teaching regular Art and Graphic Design workshops for young adults with learning disabilities and special educational needs, in association with POST 19, and am over the moon to have an ever growing number of enthusiastic artists and designers joining each term. In September 2014 we doubled the amount of Arts based workshops we ran to accommodate an ever growing demand. In September 2015 we relocated to much bigger premises which helped us continue to expand our offering: running separate regular classes of Graphic Design, 2D Art, 3D Art and also 'Quiet Art' (Sessions for those that may find group work challenging and can benefit from one on one creative interaction) In 2016, we were no less ambitious, with a new programme of classes to cater for all our participants, including introducing one on one sessions in computer based skills such as Photoshop and typography skills. Now, in 2017 we have become a well established, ever growing, community of artists, and designers and our offering of classes reflects that. We now offer several art classes reflecting the needs and abilities of the participants and the graphic design classes range from learning the basic techniques and tools to actual live production graphics which will prepare our young adults for a potential career in the future.
Each class is bespoke and thoroughly considered to suit the abilities of the artists attending and are a lot of fun for staff and students alike. Whether we are exploring Cubism, designing our own board games, creating a font out of baked beans, or producing our own range of greetings cards to be sold online… all students are encouraged to enjoy the arts and develop their own unique talents and abilities.
For several years, as part of The Classroom Creatives Network, I have run a variety of Art and Design based workshops, clubs and events for Keys Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils in Hampshire schools. These sessions are designed to be fun, messy, hugely creative and are offered in addition to the Art available to primary schools within the National Curriculum.