Helen has been working in education for 35 years and is returning to her roots to design and run specialist art workshops. Helen is committed to providing creative, meaningful and exciting art projects for schools and community groups. Making a unique piece of fused glass art gives each child a great sense of achievement as well as wonder at how their work has magically fused together during the kiln firing process.
A theme/item and duration are agreed in advance for each workshop.
Workshops can range from individual tiles or hanging decorations through to larger installations made from collections of children's work or panels incorporated in a stained-glass window.
Helen can work with small groups in rotation, up to approx 30 children in one day.
The workshop comprises of an initial safety talk about the glass. The children will then create their own design on paper before using a variety of glass chips, rods, ribbons and nuggets to build their design ready for fusing.
Some schools enhance the workshops by including links to other areas of the curriculum e.g science - changes of state: history - first glass from the Egyptians; RE - the significance of stained-glass windows.
The decorated glass is clearly labelled and photographed before it is taken away for firing in the kiln. Finished pieces will be returned approximately 2 weeks after the workshop.
A Q & A session can be conducted with the children when the work is returned as they usually have lots of questions once they have seen the completed pieces.
I have a current DBS and fully understand my responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children with whom I am working.
Spring 2022: Sarum St Paul's - 50 Fish for 50 Years
Summer 2022: St Martin's 70 years Anniversary Commemorative Window
Autumn 2021: Alderbury & West Grimstead Reflection Garden Art
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Christmas 2022: Looked After Children Christmas Decorations
Spring/Summer 2022: Horatios Garden Collaborative Art Installations
Spring 2022: Salisbury Headway Suncatchers
Summer 2023: THe Retreat @Salisbury Summer Fayre, Chakra Inspired Suncatchers
We often think about learning as important to children – we place a great deal of importance on making sure young people develop skills, knowledge and experience to help them on their journey into adulthood. But just as it is important for children to learn, research shows that if we keep learning throughout adulthood and into later life, this can have a positive impact on maintaining and improving our mental health and wellbeing.
Staff too can learn how to create unique pieces of fused glass art through a tailored workshop. I will bring all the tools and materials and you will each create something truly individual. I will take them away to be fired in my home kiln and return them to you within two weeks for you and your guests to admire and enjoy.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss a project or if you have any requests or ideas.