Creative Workshops

Creative Workshops




Budding artists, writers, film makers and musicians from Tupton Hall School explored their creative side at a series of workshops at Clay Cross Library.

The project, for Year 9 students, was called Liberate - a fusion of 'library' and 'create'. The aim was to point the youngsters towards careers and opportunities in the creative industries, and show them the range of facilities available at their local library.

Writer Chrissie Hall led a writing and journalism workshop which revealed the huge variety of writing jobs available within the creative industries. She inspired students by talking about her work in journalism, radio, theatre and television, and got them writing imaginatively for different audiences.

Creative juices really began to flow during a workshop with Baby People who run education, events and development sessions through music. Students were encouraged to create their own music track using GarageBand software, before adding lyrics inspired by the sounds and rhythms they had created.

Artist Paul Davis from Derby's QUAD education programme hosted an arts and graphics workshop which saw students let loose and try new creative techniques - drawing, painting, collage and printing.

The illustrations made in this session were used to form a basis for a film and media workshop, also led by Paul. Students used poems as the inspiration for creating an animation using iPads. You can see their final clips below...

"I liked the fast drawing tasks which tested your creativity and imagination," said one student, Kiera.

Another student, Chloe, said: "I enjoyed being creative and letting your feelings out. You could put your own spin on your piece of music - it was personalised."

"I do want to work in a creative job when I'm older."

Teacher Mrs Clarke said the workshops were a success. She said: "It allowed students to push their creative skills beyond the classroom. They were fully engaged, amazingly well behaved and tackled all challenges. overall, an exciting and invigorating day."