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SMAS 2011.03.19


a happy customer

A very enjoyable morning was spent at the Saturday Morning Art School by pupils from the school and from Longlevens, Innsworth and Churchdown Parton Manor junior schools, plus local parents and teachers.

ashley does work!

another happy customer!

The children really enjoyed working with artists using packaging and thread to produce Louise Baldwin-inspired work with Karen Bunting, making decorative fashion accessories from recycled materials with Bettina Bunce, producing colourful animal sculptures using paper and card with Alison Cockcroft and making clay masks with Sue Belinfante. 

playing with clay

Fabulous accessories!

I think it might be a bird!

At the same time adult groups worked with printmaker Adrienne Craddock to produce ‘Art of the Machine’ collographs featuring cogs, wheels and pisterns, and in a 3D textile sculpture activity making sweets and chocolates as lovely Easter gifts for a loved one, Joanne Raywood assured her group that they would be ‘a feast for the eyes that won’t add to the hips!’

Tofty strikes again!

Fruity and fabulous!

Meanwhile, Andrea Dryland worked with a group of GCSE students who greatly benefitted from the extra time and attention to develop their exam work.

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Saturday Morning Art School 19th March


The next Saturday Morning Art School will take place on 19 March from 9.30am–12.30pm

There will be workshops on offer for children and adults

All places must be booked in advance through your school art teacher or Carolyn Roberts in the Curve Gallery

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Saturday Morning Art School 2011.02.05


Working with artist Laura Taylor in the Curve Gallery

Machine Embroidery with Sue Cumner working with adults

The GCSE kids do some cracking work for their exam with Andrea Dryland

No mini-beasts here! Painting big bugs with Hannah Gardner

The Saturday Morning Art School was very well attended by pupils from the school and from its feeder primary schools, Longlevens, Innsworth and Churchdown Parton Manor.

The children really enjoyed working with the artists: painting insects by blowing through diffusers with Hannah Gardner, twisting tissue paper and using bleach to produce collages with Karen Bunting, making 3D African masks from cardboard with Grahame Tucker and getting very messy with experimental art in the Curve Gallery with the school’s current artist-in-residence Laura Taylor.  Children learnt that ‘art doesn’t have to be neat, I can be a messy artist’, ‘I have an amazing imagination’ and that it was a ‘brilliant lesson with a brilliant teacher’.

There were two adult workshops running at the same time.  Whilst one group were improving their machine embroidery skills in a textiles session with Sue Cumner where ‘the atmosphere was very conducive to wanting to learn and enjoy the workshop and the tutor was excellent’, another group were encouraged by Sue Belinfante to develop a personalised approach making clay jugs.  All agreed that the workshops provide an enjoyable and productive experience.

Meanwhile Andrea Dryland worked with some of the GCSE students who benefitted from the extra time to spend on their exam work.

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Saturday Morning Art School


The next SMAS will take place on Saturday 5th February from 9.30am – 12.30pm. We are offering four workshops for children in Years 5-9 in painting and drawing, tissue collage, 3D cardboard sculpture and experimental art working with artist-in-residence Laura Taylor. For adults we are running a clay workshop and a machine embroidery session.

All places must be booked in advance through your art teacher or Carolyn Roberts in the Curve Gallery at Churchdown School

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SMAS 20th November


The first SMAS of this academic year was well attended with 36 children from Years 5-9 from both Churchdown School and our Arts Partnership schools, Longlevens, Innsworth and Churchdown Parton Manor juniors.

Alison Cockcroft helped her group produce 3D wirework sculptures, artist Kim Hill did some still life painting, whilst Barbara Disney and Karen Bunting explored different aspects of book-making.

At the same time two adult groups appreciated John Ring’s experience in helping them to produce paintings displaying knowledge of colour and space, and individual experimentation with materials and techniques to produce pieces of jewellery with Alison Harper, in a relaxing, friendly and creative atmosphere.

Family Art Workshop


The annual Family Art Workshop at Churchdown School on Saturday 2nd October, organised by Sara Rickard, community arts leader and teacher at the school, was very well attended by 80 families comprising over 220 people.  All ages coming together to take part in a range of activities led by 10 artists, including making recycled scrap sculptures, jewellery, felting, 3D bugs, bleach painting, paper stitching, collage, felt-making, wire dragonflies and a chance to draw faces in a big red double-decker bus.

Families  came away laden with things they’d made and making comments such as ‘my family had a great time, the event was very well organised with lots of skilled helpers and resources – we’d forgotten how much we enjoy artwork!’, ‘it was a great opportunity for mums and dads to enjoy creative time with their children’ and ‘an excellent day which I would recommend to anyone – the kids thoroughly enjoyed it and it kept them away from the computer and PS2!’.  The artists enjoyed the lively and welcoming atmosphere and the fantastic conversations.

Family Art Workshop Saturday 2nd October


The next Family Art Workshop will be held at the school from 10am – 3pm on Saturday 2nd October. This is a drop-in session, there is no need to book, and one can stay for as long or as short as you wish. There will be the opportunity to work with lots of different artists. The cost is just £3 per family. All young people must be accompanied by an adult.

SMAS 19 June 2010


The boys enjoyed making bugs!

Family fun drawing together

The final SMAS of this academic year was quieter than usual, but the 34 children and 11 adults who attended the workshops appreciated the intimate atmosphere. 

Artists Alison Cockcroft made 3D wire insects with her group and Kim Hill taught Matisse collage to her group who learned to ‘draw with scissors’.  Meanwhile Karen Bunting, an art teacher at the school, produced sketchbooks with her group who learned how to blend dies and use emulsion paint.  Another art teacher, Andrea Dryland, led a Year 10 GCSE extension group in developing the gum Arabic technique of printing. 

Textiles teacher, Sue Cumner, ran a lace-making workshop with a group of adults, who produced a ‘snake’ bookmark and proclaimed that it was a ‘very relaxing atmosphere, good switch off from everything else.  I have learned something new that I want to develop further.’

Saturday Morning Art School – 8 May


More than fifty young people from Churchdown Arts Partnership Schools attended workshops with artists, organised by Sara Rickard, Community Arts Leader.  Children took part in jewellery-making, clay, textiles and large scale collage workshops run by artists and teachers, Bettina Bunce, Sue Belinfante, Barbara Disney and Karen Bunting.

A group of adults worked with artist Simon Packard in the Curve Gallery learning printmaking techniques.

Andrea Dryland ran a well-attended GCSE extension session specially for Year 10 students.

Saturday Morning Art School


The next SMAS is due to take place on 8th May from 9.30 – 12.30, offering four different workshops for pupils within the Churchdown Arts Partnership of schools, and a printmaking workshop for adults with artist Simon Packard. 

The workshops for pupils will be in textiles, clay, mixed media and jewellery-making.

All places must be booked in advance.  For more details contact Carolyn Roberts in the Curve Gallery on 01452 713340