Teaching staff from Cornwall College are inspiring a new generation of crafters through a new project, Make Your Futures.
The Creative Academy, at Cornwall College St Austell, has collaborated with the Crafts Council on the project, a hands-on programme that connects traditional craft, digital technologies and STEM learning.
The programme delivers professional development workshops to teachers, enabling them to take the activity back into their schools and share with their own students. This increased knowledge of specialist craft technique raises awareness of how to engage with sustainability in craft practices and highlights diverse routes into craft careers.
Amanda Wood, Cultivator Manager for Cornwall College, explained why the project is an “important opportunity for creative education in Cornwall”.
Amanda said: “Not only has it been a valuable experience bringing teachers and makers together to develop skills to take back into our secondary schools, the Crafts Council has connected us to schools across the county, enabling us to collectively share knowledge and have some really important discussions.”
“Ultimately, it’s proven that Cornwall has a strong creative community and with help from the Crafts Council, it will bring huge benefits to creative education locally.” Amanda continued.
At Cornwall College, two specialist workshops from the programme were delivered by the Creative Academy’s own practicing specialists; basket weaving led by artist Phoenix Clough and a felt-making workshop led by art lecturer Amanda Beason.
Team Lead for the Creative Academy Jess Leonard was thrilled to be able to share “the wealth of specialist skills we have in our team”.
Jess said: “There is so much passion and industry knowledge within our specialist teaching team at Cornwall College St Austell. Helping to inspire school teachers and students to engage with traditional craft techniques has been so wonderful to be involved with.
“The Arts are such an important aspect of the school curriculum for the imbedded physical, cognitive and social benefits they provide to students. We hope that our workshops have helped to awaken the creativity that lies within each of us; they’ll be amazed where it can take you.” Jess continued.
Over the next few months, local schools such as Brannel School, Poltair School and Treviglas Academy will continue the activities, working with hands on craft workshops supported by a pool of professional makers also involved in the project.
The programme of activities will culminate in an exhibition of student and teacher work in July 2020.
To find out about studying at the Creative Academy at Cornwall College St Austell, please visit HERE or call 0330 123 2523, or come see for yourself at our next open event on Saturday 14th March 10am-12pm.