Creativity in the classroom grew out of the Canal Communities Partnership’s attempt to address social and educational disadvantage in a dynamic way, with the hope of eventually impacting on early school leaving endemic in our area. As a result of consultation with local schools, it was felt that through the visual arts children could be given the opportunity to have new learning experiences, an exposure to learning in a creative way, and at the same time exploring concepts and ways of working individually and collectively.
The project runs for thirty weeks in total in each of the six schools. This is divided into three groups of ten-week sessions. Therefore, three classes in each school are facilitated each year.
The basic materials used are paint, clay, fabric and fibre, chalk and oil pastels. Each school receives a budget for materials, documentation and transport.