CAA in Education 2002

Spring 2002  :  Summer 2002


An Outreach Project with a Local Camden School CAA maker HEATHER BELCHER has been involved with the garden re-design at Frank Barnes Primary School for Deaf Children, Swiss Cottage, London. During a three day residency Heather worked with the youngest school children ages 2-6 and one Year 4/5 class making a felt tent for use in the lower school's special garden. Heather worked with the children in all phases of production - carding (combing) together the coloured fleece, wetting and rubbing the fibres tightly to create pieces of felt and weaving long strips together to make the fabric pieces that construct the tent's sides.

The pole tent was strung between two trees to give the children a fun place to hide and seek under a colourful and cozy shelter when outdoors. Up in Scotland Thirteen CAA makers are exhibitors in Thirteen Hands, a Scottish Arts Council & Highland Council funded touring exhibition.

The makers have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this highly original contemporary craft exhibition that has been curated by the Caol Crafts Team, a group of primary children from Caol Primary School, Fort William. The participating CAA makers are: Julie Arkell, Louise Baldwin, Dail Behennah, Sara Brennan, Lucy Casson, Bob Crooks, Sally Greaves-Lord, Richard Hooper, Vanessa Johnson, Carol McNicoll, Sue Paraskeva, Freddie Robins and Susie Thomson.

Richard Hooper (wood/furniture) wrote to the Team after the private view in Fort William. "Well done for putting on such a fantastic show.""It was a privilege to be there on Saturday to see the enthusiasm and sheer joy on the faces of the Team during the day not to mention the lifelong educational value of such an undertaking." Susie Thomson (baskets) commented, "I am so pleased to be involved because the originality of the concept of having the children so deeply involved from the very beginning is so stimulating. As an individual I liked the idea that the individual ego was less important than being part of the whole."

The exhibition tours the Highlands and Islands through 2003. 


CAA Makers' Residencies at Special Needs Primary School in London

Basket maker Susie Thomson spent three days weaving a large willow basket in the Nursery, Reception and Year 1 garden at Frank Barnes Primary School for Deaf Children, Swiss Cottage, London. During her residency, children watched Susie construct the basket that is big enough for several children to play and nestle in. The basket was made with many colours of willow, much of which Susie grew in her allotment in South London.

Heather Belcher who made a felt tent during her residency earlier in the year and Susie celebrated the conclusion of their days spent working in the garden with the FBS children. Both makers designed unique, site specific pieces and created work that was far bigger than anything they had ever before made. Everyone involved with the project was very happy with the results and thoroughly enjoyed the new experiences involved in the making. The children and staff at Frank Barnes School are excited about being able to use the basket and tent in the years to come.

Basket maker Susie Thomson's willow basket in the Frank Barnes School garden; Susie at work weaving the basket, and help from the youngest children.

In the garden at Frank Barnes School, pupils enjoy the new felt tent they helped make with felt maker Heather Belcher.

Since 1999 CAA 's education programme has been working closely with the primary and secondary schools in our local borough of Camden. We have also worked in partnership with the University of London's Institute of Education, Teacher Training Programme and Cockpit Arts.

Our highly successful outreach programme included HANDS ON! a specially funded scheme of free projects sponsored by grants received from Foundations and Trusts. The education programme also included one -off projects commissioned by primary schools.

To mark the unique dynamism created in the Outreach Programme and highlight the achievement and enjoyment of the participating makers, CAA is planning a special exhibition CELEBRATING EDUCATION 16 April to 7 June 2003. The exhibition features work of the makers who have taken part in the 1999-2002 education projects. The inspiration behind the new work is the makers' experiences and expression of their involvement in the Outreach Programme.
A REVIEW OF 1999-2002

Over 100 practical sessions were conducted with :
Brecknock Primary School, Camden School for Girls, Cockpit Arts, Frank Barnes Primary School for Deaf Children, Hampstead School, Haverstock School, La Sainte Union Convent School, Parliament Hill School, University of London, Institute of Education

More than 375 Students and Pupils, and 37 Teachers have participated:
Art & Design and Design & Technology, Years 9-12, GNVQ, A-Level and GSCE Nursery - Year 1, Years 3/4 and Years 5/6

Over 250 PGCE and NQT students training for Secondary Level Art & Design, and 11 tutors and technicians at The Institute of Education were directly involved in practical workshops and lectures.

More than 130 CAA original objects made by over 75 CAA makers have been taken out of the CAA gallery and brought into the schools for close investigation and discussion in handling sessions.

25 CAA Makers have talked about their work, demonstrated their processes and techniques and conducted practical sessions.
Julie Arkell, Rushton Aust, Caroline Bartlett, Heather Belcher, Janet Bolton, Michael Brennand-Wood, Helen Carnac, Robert Cooper, Dawn Dupree, Carol Farrow, Marianne Forrest, Dawn Guylas, Julia Griffith-Jones, Tom Hill, Mo Jupp, Danny Lane, Beatriz Matud, Carol McNicoll, Alex Macdonald, Sara Roberston, Francisco Santos, Andrea Stemmer, Susie Thomson, Carole Waller and Lois Walpole

Jenny Leach, maker and certified British Sign Language signer and Yvonne Kulagowski, CAA's former jewelery manager also participated.

HANDS ON! funding and in-kind donations received: Anonymous, Clore Duffield Foundation, Daler~Rowney, Gulbenkian Foundation, Highland & Fox, VV Rouleaux, JPMorgan Fleming Charities, Waitrose, The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, The Worshipful Company of Grocers.

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