Team Building with Claydayz and Richard Gibson, MA.
With more than 20 years experience as an artist, specialising in ceramics and public sculpture, Richard Gibson, MA is best placed to deliver superb, original team-building events that have art and ceramics at their core. No need to have prior experience of any form of art as Richard leads the team members, step-by-step to an outcome that is both astounding and astonishing! The outcome, which is kept by you and can be placed on permanent show, if you wish, at your place of work, will be a tangible, happy reminder of the fun experienced on the team-building day and the relationships that were cemented.
During this event groups of participants will be set the challenge of inventing, designing and making a clay mural that bears the image that they have created which they feel best represents their department’s ethos, character or experiences as employees of the company. The department will have the option of one of the finished pieces being taken away for firing glazing and mounting to become a permanent piece of work.
The outcomes of a team-building day, or half day don’t just include improving the communication and the collaborative skills of your people. Planning together, bridge building, problem solving, time management are skills that are also prominent throughout the whole process. As individuals, team members feel empowered and their morale is raised.
Contact Claydayz, 07967215745 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organising a clay workshop, mural or mosaic project with Claydayz
For more than ten years Richard Gibson, MA, of Claydayz has been organising clay workshops and mural and mosaic projects for schools and colleges.
As all efficient companies do these days, Richard makes the time to elicit feedback from schools once he has completed a project.
Interestingly, this feedback has thrown into focus some insights into what makes Claydayz workshops and projects stand out from the crowd.
Teachers and lecturers are the same as the rest of us and they have certain concerns when it comes to putting their neck on the block and inviting someone into school and college to take responsibility for a major art project. They worry about details such as will everyone see this as a success; will the artist be as good as I think he is; will he be able to cope with a range of pupil abilities and, in some cases disabilities; will he complete the project on time; will he accommodate our timetable and will there be an unholy amount of mess?
All of these concerns are perfectly valid and this is why Richard Gibson and Claydayz have been so successful over the years as these concerns are taken very seriously by Richard and are addressed as a priority on every project.
Firstly, Richard has been an artist for over 20 years. He has a BA degree in sculpture and a MA in installation art. He is also a fully trained ceramicist who has exhibited widely. Since completing his education he has always made a living from art; no mean feat in any era. Richard has also spent many years as a lecturer in art so when he comes into schools and colleges he has the professional skills and knowledge of a real artist, and he can combine these with the necessary skills of a teacher. Having worked closely with the ’Artists in Schools’ Project he has advised teachers on how they can improve their creative classroom practice, so he is an experienced educationist.
Richard has been commissioned to work with pupils in KS1 up to students studying at degree level. He has been commissioned to work with pupils with learning difficulties and those who have been identified as Gifted and Talented. He has also worked in referral units so is very competent when it comes to creating the right learning environment for those with behaviour challenges.
Richard is in demand so completing projects to a timescale is as important to him as it is to the school. He will also fit in with the school’s preferred timetable.
As far as mess is concerned he can work in a purpose-built area or he can adapt an ordinary classroom, making sure that when he leaves, so does the mess!
Here are some comments from schools that Richard has worked with, in the last few days.
`Richard’s passion for clay really enthused our students, they learnt many new skills and insights into the amazing world of clay! A very enjoyable and rewarding one day workshop.` Many thanks.
James Knight Head of Art/D&TBasildonLowerAcademy-Basildon, Essex
I would just like to thank Richard from Claydayz for the outstanding tile mural he has produced with our SEN students, which now stands proudly on display on our entrance wall. The project set was to produce a tile mural that reflected our SHAPE curriculum and that every student in the school could contribute to, and all this was achieved with a great deal of creativity and patience. Great relations with staff and school and kept to the time scales set. I have asked Richard to come back and do another project on Global Education with our students because I am so pleased with his first piece.
Claydayz clay workshops, murals and mosaics in your school
Over the past ten years Richard Gibson, MA, of Claydayz has been working with pupils of all ages, across the UK. Clay workshops are particularly popular with lots of schools and pupils benefit enormously from the ‘hands on’ approach to learning that takes place during a clay workshop. Teachers use the clay workshops to not only deliver the art and design curriculum but also to deepen pupils’ understanding in subjects as wide ranging as maths to geography. Pupils really understand the difference between a 2D shape and a 3D shape when they actually create that shape themselves! Remembering the features of a variety of shapes is much more memorable when you have actually made them yourself, and the shapes sit on the classroom shelf as a long-lasting reminder.
Mosaics and murals
Richard is also much in demand for the breathtaking mosaics and murals that he, along with the pupils of the school, designs. Schools contact Richard to arrange a mosaic or mural project for a wide range of reasons. During the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic years, schools across the country wanted to celebrate these events with their pupils by creating mosaics and murals to hang in reception areas, the main hall and even on the outside of the school building. Often a school has an anniversary of its own to celebrate, such as the passing of 25 years or 50 years since its foundation. Some secondary schools use the creation of a mosaic or mural to reinforce its mission statement to the pupils and the local community, or to underline to pupils the personal attributes that forge success in adulthood. Some schools have commissioned Richard to inspire their pupils to create a mosaic or mural that underscores the religious faith of the school.
Whatever the reason behind the school’s desire to create a mosaic or mural, Richard project manages the entire experience. He can advise on the direction of the project and then he will come into school and involve as many pupils as the school wishes in the composing of ideas for the mosaic or mural in art workshops. He then assembles the final piece at his studio, glazing and firing the mosaic or mural. He can even arrange the final hanging of the artwork.
These projects are not costly but their value is incalculable. The enthusiasm, creativity and pride that a project such as this inspires in pupils are a joy to see. It is the sort of event that takes place at school that is remembered by each pupil throughout his/her lifetime.
To arrange a mosaic or mural project, a clay workshop, an earth oven project or INSET training contact Claydayz, Richard Gibson, on 07967215745, studio: 01780 470477 or email: email@example.com. See http://www.claydayz.co.uk for further information. Follow us on twitter and facebook.
Clay workshops by Claydayz
When Richard Gibson, MA, goes into schools to deliver clay workshops invariably teachers are delighted and amazed at the professional results that pupils are inspired to produce under Richard’s tutelage.
Not only are they excited by the quality of the artwork that is formed by the pupils but also they often remark on the greater depth of learning that takes place due to the nature of the learning experience, which is a kinaesthetic one.
So many pupils, who are predominantly kinaesthetic learners, miss out on learning through the style that suits them best because the nature of many subjects taught in schools does not lend itself to kinaesthetic learning. However, clay can be a medium through which kinaesthetic learners can learn in a number of subjects if a little ingenuity is employed. This is where Richard’s skills in teaching kinaesthetically come to the fore.
Claydayz Clay workshops for core subjects
For example, Richard runs courses for KS1 and KS2 in mathematics, using clay to help pupils recognise the different features of 2D and 3D shapes. Pupils learn how to turn 2D shapes into 3D shapes and they gain a deeply memorable idea of the difference between these shapes in the process. Workshops on the Italian mathematician Fibonacci are also very popular. In literacy Richard utilises the medium of clay to help younger pupils understand how to form letters and correlate what they have composed to the letter sound.
Producing animal models assists in children’s understanding of literature and aids discussion of characters’ actions and motivation in stories.
There are so many ways in which clay enhances creative thinking and independent learning. Richard always takes the time to discover what the learning objectives are and spends time helping the teacher compose the best workshop to suit the children’s needs.
Teachers often comment that the handling of the materials involved, the physical activity involved and the making of sculptures and models add up to lessons that are not just satisfying for pupils but very memorable. The learning is embedded much more firmly when constant activity is involved in the lesson. Even those reluctant learners respond positively to a well-organised Claydayz clay workshop.
Richard offers clay workshops for KS1 –KS4. He also runs mosaic and mural projects for all ages and earth oven building projects.
Teacher training INSET days with Richard Gibson, MA, of Claydayz
Following the success of his clay workshops in schools and colleges, many teachers asked Richard Gibson if he would come back and take staff INSET, training teachers how to make the most of clay as a medium through which learning can take place. Richard created a workshop-style INSET and has for many years been going into schools to help teachers develop exciting and creative curricula that use clay.
Many pupils, if not all, respond exceedingly positively to learning that involves them kinaesthetically. Teachers who have introduced Richard’s techniques into their lessons have, on many occasions, remarked that pupils who have behavioural difficulties become totally absorbed in the lesson when the use of clay has been at the centre of the learning. The keen interest that is aroused by using clay helps the individual pupil feel more fulfilled and this has a positive knock-on effect on behaviour generally.
Richard Gibson’s INSET programmes cater for KS1 to KS4. Richard usually works closely with the teacher in charge of CPD before the training takes place so that the INSET training is individually tailored to the needs of the teachers. The topics that Richard has covered in these training sessions are wide and varied, helping make maths, English, science, geography and history come to life, as well as teaching clay making techniques, of course. Richard also explains firing, glazing, kilns and appropriate health and safety.
Richard’s training sessions move at a brisk pace and are highly kinaesthetic which teachers usually find stimulating and fun. The time usually flies! It’s also a great way to team-build at the beginning of a new academic year or term.
A typical INSET session will commence with a short introduction on the history of the use of clay and then move quickly into the specifics of what can be taught and how it can be taught. Teachers find this kind of training memorable because they work with the clay and experience the lesson from the pupil’s perspective.
The following topics are ones that Richard has been asked to teach on numerous occasions and they have proved particularly popular and effective in the classroom.
Shapes found in maths – 2D – 3D Coil pots using cylinders (African, Greek, Roman, Egyptian)
Spiral pots and sculpture using improvised moulds (link with natural science)
Mini beasts: exploring shape (rope, spiral, ball), plus ‘Hungry Caterpillar’
Literature, for example decorating letters
Rainbow bird and fish.
Decorating with shapes
Pinch pots with eyes closed!
Animal modelling: solid body and hollow body KS1 elephants
To slip or not to slip
Richard Gibson can come into school to do training at the beginning or end of term. He can also be booked to do twilight sessions. To book contact Claydayz on 07967215745. Call the studio on 01780 470447. Follow Claydayz on Twitter and see our Facebook page.
Claydayz also offers clay workshops for pupils, mosaic and mural projects and earth oven building.