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Schools Workshops

During Folkestone Triennial 2014 there will be a number of FREE weekly schools workshops available.  The maximum capacity for each workshop is 30 (unless otherwise specified) and workshops will last for two and a half hours. Please see list below for the title, theme and age-range that the workshops will be suitable for:

Wednesday 10 September: 12.30 – 3pm, ‘Stories from the Stade’ workshop inspired by Sarah Staton’s sculptural work, suitable for Key Stage 3 – 4 pupils.  Using willow based structures participants will create a number of group sculptures within the session.  These will be papered in text and story gathered from memories/paper/rubbish/books that can be viewed/read and created into new stories.  Workshop to be led by local practitioners, Wide-Eyed Theatre.

Thursday 11 September: 12.30 – 3pm, ‘Skyfall Silhouettes’ workshop linked to rootoftwo, suitable for Key Stage Two pupils.  Workshop to be led by local arts practitioner, Matt Rowe. Light blast a chicken! In this photographic workshop participants will experiment with a variety of photographic and lighting skills. They will learn how to create dramatic effects using the power of light, colour and motion inspired by rootoftwo’s sculptural works.

Thursday 18 September: 12.30 – 3pm, ‘Mud, Leaves and Stones inspired by Andy Goldsworthy’ workshop  suitable for Key Stage 1 – 2 pupils. Workshop to be led by local arts practitioner, Nicholette Goff. Andy Goldsworthy has changed the way we think about ‘art’. He brings us back in touch with the materials of the landscape, asking us to look closely at these simple elements – to take the time to see the structure and colours of a leaf, or the texture and temperature of a handful of soil. He asks us to observe and ponder as things change over time.

Thursday 25 September: 12.30 – 3pm, ‘Pent Stream Sounds’ workshop linked to Pent Streams artworks.  Join Triennial artists Diane Dever and Jonathan Wright for a sound workshop in listening to the Pent Stream as it flows under Tontine Street and into the Harbour.  Students will be able to use different microphones to hear the sounds that water makes as it passes through different types of spaces. Together students will create short recordings and then students will have a chance to effect these samples using music software to create short experimental sound track.  Suitable for students interested in Music and Music Technology, Key Stages 3-4.  Workshop to be led by Triennial artists Diane Dever and Jonathan Wright. Numbers limited to 12 spaces.

Thursday 2 October: 12.30 – 3pm, ‘Recycled string and light workshop in response to Jyll Bradley’s work’, suitable for Key Stage 2 – 4 pupils.  Workshop to be led by local arts practitioner, Tracey Falcon. Learn how to make string from recycled materials and use this to make your own small light installation.

Thursday 9 October: 12.30 – 3pm, ‘Taking Words for a Walk, inspired by Tim Etchell’s work’, suitable for Key Stage 1 – 2 pupils. Workshop to be led by local arts practitioner, Emrys Plant. Using the neon work of Tim Etchells as a starting point, this workshop will explore ways in which letters and words and ultimately stories are embedded in our environment and how we can find them. The group will go on an alphabet hunt around the harbour railway station, each student will make their own letter inspired by what they have discovered.  Maximum capacity is 15.

Thursday 16 October: 12.30 – 3pm, ‘Yoko Ono inspired screen prints’, suitable for students in Year 6 and above.  Workshop to be led by local arts practitioner, Susan McKenna. Using basic screen printing techniques participants will create printed ‘Instructions’ inspired by the work of Yoko Ono.

Thursday 23 October: 10.00am – 12.30pm, ‘Soft Earth to Sculpture, inspired by Andy Goldsworthy’, suitable for Key Stage 2 pupils.  Workshop to be led by local arts practitioner, Annie Begley. Andy Goldsworthy often uses spiral forms in nature as an inspiration for his work.  This workshop will follow his lead encouraging participants to experiment with texture and pattern using clay as well as creating a three dimensional form using the coil hand-building technique. The final outcome will be fired in a kiln.

Teachers’ Twilight Guided Tours

In addition to the schools workshops, we will be offering four Teachers’ Twilight guided tours in September.  On arrival, teachers will be offered a chilled refreshment of wine or fruit juice and will then be given a shorter guided tour of some of the Triennial artworks.  Teachers’ resources will also be available to take away.  Booking is required for these tours and the maximum for each tour is 20.  Please choose from the following dates below:

Monday 8 September: 4-6pm

Monday 15 September: 4- 6pm

Monday 22 September: 4- 6pm

Monday 29 September: 4-6pm

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To enquire about any of the above schools workshops or Teachers’ Twilight tours, please contact Folkestone Triennial Public Programmes Coordinator: Schools and Communities, Frances Chiverton on 01303 760752 or e-mail