Katie Spragg workshops at Forde Abbey, Photo Caroline Duval

SAW offers a wide variety of opportunities for InspirED schools through Somerset Art Works (SAW) Projects and Somerset Art Weeks - many opportunities are free of charge to subscribers.  Keep an eye out for our emails to make sure you don't miss out!

Opportunities for InspirED Schools 2018

2018 – 100 Year Commemoration of the Women’s Suffrage Movement 

In 2018 SAW will be celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage with opportunities for schools to get involved in artist workshops and events. We have been commissioned by Artichoke to be part of the national Processions project and contribute to a mass participation artwork in London in June.  View our Somerset Processions project blog https://somersetprocessions.wordpress.com/

Free Education Resources for years 4-8 to explore and learn about the history of Women’s Suffrage, democracy and gender equality will be available to down load from the Processions website from 16 April https://www.processions.co.uk/workshops/toolkits/

Activities for Years 4-8 encourage responses through discussion, movement, debate, music and visual art.
Also banner-making toolkits are available to create your own banners and pennants inspired by the Suffragettes, KS2 – Adult.

We want to encourage pupils/students to explore their own views and opinions on gender equality today, as well as gaining an understanding about the importance of democracy and using your vote. Only 57% of 18-19-year olds voted in the last election (source YouGov website) and we want this project to encourage young people to vote in the future and inspire them to have their voice heard.
To request the resources by email contact: louise.dennison@processions.co.uk

Processions Workshops led by artist Dorcas Casey will take place at the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury in July 2018.  There will be 3 x full day, FREE, KS2 workshops available to InspirED subscribers*.  Dates available: Tues 3rd July, Weds 4th July, Weds 11th July. Make banners and pennants inspired by the Sufragettes.
* if workshops are oversubscribed they will be prioritised for schools who have not recently benefited from InspirED offers.


A Landscape of Objects – En Plein Air      

Artist Workshops in the Spring / Summer Terms – NOW FULLY BOOKED
A SAW offer for InspirED subscribing schools, a number of FREE and subsidised artist workshops are available. The opportunity to experience ‘en plein air’ working,  impressionistic styles of mark-making are explored,  involving close observation of nature, really looking and using all the senses to gain an understanding of working outdoors and the particular rewards and challenges this brings.

Somerset Art Weeks, Open Studios 15 – 30 September 2018
Showcasing a broad-ranging programme of contemporary visual arts and craft in more than 200 locations across Somerset. An education pack will be available to help schools engage with the event and we will be offering FREE /subsidised InspirED artist workshops and opportunities to gain a Discover Arts Award. Updates will be published in May.
Link to the 2017 Education Resources for reference.

Big Draw October 2018

The national Big Draw Festival takes place in October annually with a theme to inspire, educate and create – this year the theme is ‘The Art of Play’.  We can offer FREE and subsidised artist workshops with artist Megan Players w/c 22 October.

* if workshops are oversubscribed they will be prioritised for schools who have not recently benefited from InspirED offers.

A helpline is provided by SAW to assist InspirED subscribers. For more information on any items above please contact Beccy Swaine beccy.swaine@somersetartworks.org.uk 01458 253800