Since 2012 Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop has been running a Schools Programme in partnership with our two closest primary schools, Trinity and Victoria. Each year every Primary 5 pupils from these schools visit the Sculpture Workshop for an hour each week to make work in our shared learning studio with invited artists. They are residents of the sculpture workshop for the year and are given a sustained and in depth introduction to the visual arts. Every week they come with their teachers, parents and volunteers to participate in practical workshops that encourage imagination, collaboration, play and experimentation.
It is an art school for Primary 5s. The first term gives the pupils a strong foundation, introducing them to various art movements, terminologies and ideas as well as encouraging them to develop their conceptual, creative and practical skills. This continues into the spring and summer terms where a faculty of visiting artists work with them on a series of projects that run for a number of weeks and cover everything from the working with clay to dance, casting objects to performance and film making.
In the workshops the young people have complete autonomy. There are no set outcomes, they work collaboratively, individually and are encouraged to evaluate their work and that of their peers in a supportive and constructive way which over time develops their critical skills, their articulacy and their explicit and tacit knowledge.
Find out more about our schools programme on our blog here
We are working in partnership with the schools to adapt our programme through the pandemic.