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KT18 5TL
Tel:01737 350 865

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EDUCATION WORK (Outreach Workshops In Schools).


Heritage Ceramics operates as a collective of highly trained and practising African or African-inspired artists and designers. Our team of artists, who work in schools, specialize in providing an input in the cross-curricular delivery of arts in the National Curriculum.


Work in our schools’ program is grouped in two broad areas, fine arts and performing arts. Clay work and textiles are the two main fine art activities we undertake. For performing arts, we explore African story telling, drama, music, drumming and dance. Sometimes a workshop combines elements of two or more of these activities to create a performance.


Drawing links to one or more subject areas in the school curriculum, workshops usually engage, challenge, encourage and create fun for pupils and staff we work with.


In line with education guidelines, we have included general risk assessment forms for the two main areas of our work in schools. One for clay or textiles work,(fine art activity) and one for the range of performing art activities.


Artists undergo regular CRB checks. The company CRB forms are available on request during the arrangement and planning of school visits. Team members also train in aspects of business management, ICT- its impact on modern education, self-development in all the activities and skills on our schools’ program.


Artist-in-Residence Programme

·         We provide up to 4 sessions within the school day

·         A day’s residency usually starts with an Introductory Assembly for the whole school or Year Group (optional)

·         We offer the following activities:

  1. Clay work – 5 skill areas:

-          African mask-making techniques

-          Traditional coil-pot techniques

-          Coil-for-coil techniques

-          Benin sculptural techniques

-          Jewellery design/ making techniques

  1. Story telling/ Drama ie; African tales, legends and myths
  1. Rhythm, Music & Dance Movements

4.West African Cooking/Eating Habits linked with geography & environment

  1. Textiles (tie & dye or batik painting)
  1. African Drumming

. We have a cross-curricular approach to our work with emphasis on “low tech” application

   and workshop sessions are delivered on a flexible basis

. Our workshop sessions involve hands-on practical activities for pupils and staff

. Clay work and Textiles sessions are for a class of about 30 pupils per session

. For projects lasting 3 days or more, we offer a free INSET session for the teachers, parents

  and governors at school’s request

Workshop Fees:

* Full day                                         -                      £ 300.00 per artist per day plus travel costs

* Half day                                        -                      £ 220.00 per artist plus travel

* Hourly rate                                    -                      £  80.00 per artist plus travel 

We can provide artefacts and resources for our workshops sessions (excluding consumable items)




  • A mobile Board or a Flip Chart + papers & pens
  • Audio Cassette / CD Player

Note: All practical ‘hands-on’ sessions run for 75 to 90 minutes and we require a classroom space with access to running water 


We request the following items to be provided by the school or institution

  • About 500grams of clay per pupil / student. Natural clay – if there is access to a kiln or self-hardening clay if no kiln is available (12.5kg bag usually enough for class of 30 pupils)
  • Coloured slips (if available)
  • Aprons or other protective clothing
  • Work space for pupils / students with suitable tables
  • A supply of old newspapers – (2 sheets of old newspaper per pupil / student)
  • Some simple & basic tools e.g. pencils, paint brushes, lollipop sticks to make patterns

Note: We can supply natural clay at £10.00 per 12.5kg bag or self-hardening clay at £25.00 per 12.5kg 

TEXTILES – (tie & dye or batik painting):

  • Plain white cotton, primary colour dyes, urea, soda ash, table salt, strings, batik wax, wax pots, stove or burners, bowls, containers, disposal gloves etc

Note: We can supply the required materials for Tie & Dye and Batik workshops on request

On average, £50.00 budget allocation is adequate for a class of about 30 pupils / students 


  • Chopping boards, kitchen knives, bowls, colanders, sauce-pans and plates, access to gas or electric cooker

Note: We can supply a range of tropical food items required and invoice accordingly 


  • We can supply a range of African drums at £30.00 per session / school day

Finally, relevant artefacts and resources are provided by Heritage Ceramics for all workshops at no extra cost