Friday, 11 July 2014

Priory Lane Community School visit Australia for the day!

Shadow Puppetry has triumphed once again!  We spent a day with year fives of Priory Lane Community School, this week. The year are studying Australia as their classroom topic and approached Education at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, to help them embed their topic in a fun and engaging way for the end of term. 

Our shadow screen with its plush and swanky red velvet curtains.
We began the sessions with discussions about Australia; the types of animals we find there, the sort of sport and recreation people get up to in that continent and places people might visit if they go on holiday. 

Luckily, almost all of the answers featured in the story that had been written by 20-21's Education Officer.

Pupils began making their puppets. Wallaby and koala templates had been made, but children were also given the opportunity to create their own animals and story sections, too. 

The boys' table concentrating on their wallabies and making effective use of the card they'd been given
Teacher assistants were really getting into the spirit!

This table were excellent team payers, helping each other out at various stages! They should be proud!

Some of the wallaby mums and babies and koalas waiting to go on trees.
When all the puppets were made and ready. Demonstrations were given as to how we create scenery and different effects, using a light source and a variety of objects. 

The Education Officer acted as casting director and we all had a few practice runs of telling the story, while the pupils acted out their parts. 

Then the performance was ready to begin:

The Goodchilds took a holiday last year. They went to Australia on an aeroplane! 

When they got there, the Goodchilds got into the spirit of things! Mr Goodchild wore his Australia hat and Mrs Goodchild put on her sunglasses.
They really looked the part as they headed off to Bondi Beach, where they saw lots of surfers and took lots of selfies with their modern camera, with the glistening sea in the background. 
Next, they hopped on a bus tour to explore Australia’s wonderful places:
They drove through the TV set of Neighbours
They drove passed the Sydney Opera House
They drove passed the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Then they got off the bus at the Australian Outback. Where they saw:
A family of koalas in the trees.
A court of wallabies hopping in the distance.
A slippery snake.
Some creepy poisonous spiders.
And they met a big friendly kangaroo.
The Goodchilds made friends with this kangaroo, who convinced them to move to Australia forever. 
One oft he year five classes has learned the words to the song "Land Down Under" and even had dance movements for each of the lines. This was a really special treat for the staff at 20-21, so we decided to add this mini performance onto the end of our shadow play. 

It was an honour to have seen the children acting this song out again! 

Shadow Puppets remains our most popular workshop, because we are able to embed class topic, science, literacy, drama and a lot of fun! Here's some of the feedback from children:

"I enjoyed the shadow puppets and acting out the play and there was nothig that could be better!!" - Brooke, 10
"I thought it was amazing and I loved it." - Anna, 10
"It was good team work. I liked everything." - Jessica, 10
"Everything was amazing and fun. I really want to do it again!" - Callum, 10
"I abserlutely loved it, the scenes was really good and all the sound effects was really good. Everyone got a part and it was just great fun. I would definately reccomend it. It was totally worth it!" - Amy, 10
"I don't think I can say anything bad about it. Haley and Anya do a very good thing to make children happy and laugh. Thanks for coming" - Katy, 10

And some feedback from Mrs Dickens-McCreight, Class Teacher of Year 5s -"A very successful workshop which fully engaged the children. Akk children enjoyed the making and the producing of the shadow puppet workshop."

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Newsletter Nine

Issue Nine of our Education at 20-21 Newsletter helps you uncover what we've been up to, exciting news, information on our brand new 20-21 Teachers’ Group and some top notch workshop and exhibition opportunities for you in the new school year!

This has been a really exciting and busy year for us here at Education at 20-21, we've delivered lots of bespoke workshops, run some projects with entire schools, gained a Quality Award from Learning Outside the Classroom Council and developed some fabulous teacher training opportunities. We hope you'll stay in touch for all the excitement planned for the next school year!

We love to hear from schools who are using the arts innovatively in the classroom and across the curriculum. Get in touch and send any photos you'd like us to put into our next newsletter, or onto our blog which features details and pictures of all the schools who engage with Education at 20-21.

For further information on anything that is of interest to you or your school, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01724 297070 or email
Hayley McPhun

Changes Afoot!

Our Education Officer is about to leave to have a baby! This is very exciting news which will have no affect on our services to schools.

We have been training up staff to deliver high quality learning  experience  and have been working with artists who have developed some excellent workshop offers to keep  us all busy and to respond to all school requests.

Contact will go through the usual channels, so call 01724 297070 or email to speak with our Audience Engagement Officer, Joy Buckley, who has vast experience working in schools. As normal, Joy will work with schools to ensure we meet all requirements of your class.

20-21 Teachers' Group

Developed on feedback from teachers across North Lincolnshire schools, 20-21 Teachers’ Group will be a space for arts educators across all sectors and Key Stages to meet, share and learn skills and ideas in the arts.

20-21 Teachers' Group will meet three times a year and will:
  • Be Inspired by 20-21’s changing exhibition programme, through tours and participation
  • Be Engaged by meeting and working with artists and arts educators
  • Get Involved in decision making regards our Education workshops
  • Realise Potential in your own  ideas and school equipment

You will also receive the following benefits:
  • 10% discount on your all school workshop bookings
  • 10% discount on all Teacher Training
  • One FREE Guided Tour per school year
  • 10% discount in 20-21’s cafĂ© and gift shop for the named teacher for one school year
  • A one-to-one consultation meeting with an experienced arts educator worth £50
Our Education Officer is currently working with teachers and artists to put together a programme of the three sessions for 2014-2015's academic year. This will feature talks from teachers who run creative curriculums, activities to take back to the classroom, thought provoking discussions about arts education, workshops by exhibiting artists and more.

Membership into the group costs £120, which is payable in September 2014. Membership terms and conditions apply. Please contact us for details of these.
Crowle Primary Seaside Shadows

Crowle Primary’s Top Casting!

Our BIG project with Crowle Primary came to an end this June. We worked with staff there, to ensure that every child had an experience with 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, and our time with them came to an end in the form of two full days’ outreach shadow puppet workshops.

And what a time we had, discovering top talent in acting, puppets and narration with the younger classes.

Shadow puppets remains one of our most popular workshops because of the flexibility to include class topics, while covering Science, Literacy, Drama, teamwork and basic craft skills. Get in touch for how we can write stories to suit your classroom topic!

Artist Workshop

Dr Beans Makes a Grand Return!

Do you remember our friend Dr Beans? He's the character of one of our favourite local artists, Dominic Heffer! Dr Beans has made a return, but on the other side of the river. Since getting City of Culture 2017, Hull's schools have been taking up a lot of Dr Beans' time and we think it's time to claim him back!

Dominic Heffer is offering some unique art workshops to schools, to help teachers deliver some top quality art in the classroom; "Dr Bean's Shows You What It Means" is a series of workshops that are bookable as a whole offer or as singular workshops, covering artists and movements from Van Gogh, to Warhol, covering a range to materials and techniques along the way.

An appearance from Dr Beans is guaranteed to get creative juices flowing and ensures a buzz of excitement around the school, and his rates are more than reasonable considering he is at the height of his artistic fame!

If you'd interested to find out more about Dominic Heffer's Dr Beans character, and what he can do for your school, please don't hesitate to get in touch!
Dr Beans' Bean Making Machines
Dominic Heffer, touring through his exhibition
Burton Art Superheroes

Art Superheroes

Burton Upon Sather Primary School have proven themselves as true Art Superheroes! The year ones visited us again, to discover their favourite art in the centre, as well as making themselves a screen printed Art Superhero cape, using our specialist equipment.

Pupils were taken on a tour of each exhibition in the centre, so they could choose their favourite piece of art and complete a worksheet on it. The worksheet encouraged the children to think about why they liked the artwork, who it was by and what sort of materials artists use to create work.

Once the children were in an arty state of mind, we began designing ourselves as Art Superheroes, with some fabulous names like "Clay Boy", "Paint Brush Girl" and "Thor"! We designed logos and made stencils to recreate the logo onto our Art Superhero capes.

The children's imagination was really spectacular and they made some really creative designs, mixing different coloured inks to get rainbow effects.

We'd definitely claim Burton Upon Stather Primary pupils as Art Superheroes!

Literacy Links

Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants
The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt!

20-21 Visual Arts Centre has worked with world renowned children's illustrator and author, Nick Sharratt, to create a new exhibition bringing to life his colourful world of instantly recognisable characters.

His distinctive illustrations have captured the imagination of children across the globe, depicting characters from books including The 100 Mile An Hour Dog by Jeremy Strong, Jacqueline Wilson's The Story of Tracy Beaker, the hugely popular picture book You Choose and the hilarious Ketchup on your Cornflakes, written and illustrated by Nick.

Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants promises to entice young and old alike into Nick's world of vibrant and humorous characters, creatures and food. The exhibition tells the story of how he became and illustrator, what inspires his work, and what brings to like Nick's characters through fun "hands-on" displays.


History Links

Mark the Centenary of the First World War with Education at 20-21!

We have programmed some exhibitions in line with the memorial of the First World War. These exhibitions would enrich any classroom studies. If you'd like to take the opportunity to meet artists and work through the arts to deliver lessons attached to the centenary, please contact us on 01724 297070 or email

Martin Waters "On A Beach Somewhere" 

This exhibition is a perfect starting point for your First World War studies. The show includes assemblages, paintings and prints created from tar collected from the beach.

In 2007 Waters worked as "artist in residence" at the Spurn Point lighthouse where he collected objects washed ashore; recording, arranging, mounting and displaying them back at his studio. Fascinated by discarded remembrance poppies he'd find on the beach, juxtaposed with the former WW1 gun placements at Spurn, he began a new body of works reflecting on war, conflict and remembrance.

This exhibition runs from 2 August until 20 September 2014.

Henry Tietzsch-Tyler "Nothing is Lost"

This is work created between his Sheffield and Berlin studios. Tietzsch-Tyler's abstract paintings are "an attempt to tackle the legacy of geographical and psychological dislocation of peoples displaced or affected through conflict. Influenced by stories passed down from his Anglo-German parents, he is especially interested in the residing inherited memories of trauma among successive generations."

Henry aims to be present in the gallery, to discuss his work for the first two weeks of this exhibition. This is a first for 20-21 and we highly recommend that teachers and secondary schools come along to visit during this time.

The artist has stated that this work is probably not suitable for children under the age of 12 years, because of sensitive and potentially disturbing imagery.      

This exhibition is open from 2 September until 27 September 2014.

Photographs by Simon Longworth.

In 2003 Simon Longworth worked as an army photographer for the 1 Mechanised Brigade during a six month tour of Afghanistan. Brought up in Winterton, the photographer gave up his role as a helicopter pilot to take up the challenge of working alongside British troops in the Helmand province, documenting modern military life from the dramatic to the mundane.

As well as his day-to-day work, he photographed numerous portraits of local life and people, alongside military personnel, often on request of family members and loved ones who contacted him via social media. 


This exhibitions runs from 4 October until 6 December 2014
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