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Creative writing

2 hour gallery workshop for key stage 1 - 5

Visit the gallery to explore creative writing in response to Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture and The Hepworth Wakefield’s temporary exhibitions.

Alongside developing their own responses, pupils will explore creative writing techniques and develop skills in composing and rehearsing sentences orally, writing, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.

Delivered by Matt Abbott

Matt is an artist from Wakefield who has been writing and performing for over 10 years. His warm and engaging writing style makes his approach accessible to all ages and abilities, and enables children to connect with writing in a fresh and enjoyable manner.

Take back to school

  • Pupils will produce their own writing material to take back to school
  • Your class will receive a certificate of achievement to display at school

Cost

Wakefield Schools: £120

Other: £140

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Primary learning outcomes and curriculum links

Art and Design

  • Learn about Barbara Hepworth’s artwork and contemporary artists
  • Develop drawing techniques and understanding of sculpture
  • Evaluate, analyse and discuss the artwork in the gallery

English

  • Develop speaking and listening skills by talking confidently in new learning contexts and communicating ideas. Engage in discussion, confidently voice opinions and questions to show understanding
  • Engage with creative writing techniques to develop spelling, punctuation, vocabulary and grammar
  • Develop writing skills by composing and rehearsing sentences orally and using a range of conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause

Secondary learning outcomes and curriculum links

Art and Design

  • First-hand observation of Barbara Hepworth’s artworks
  • Explore ideas and imagination using experience of learning outside of the classroom
  • Develop understanding of contemporary sculpture, artistic process and materials
  • Develop drawing techniques and sculpture making skills using a range of techniques and media

English

  • Develop speaking and listening skills by talking confidently in new learning contexts, communicating ideas and critical analyse. Engage in discussion, confidently voice opinions and questions to show understanding
  • Engage with creative writing techniques to develop spelling, punctuation, vocabulary and grammar
  • Develop writing skills by composing and rehearsing sentences orally and using a range of conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause

Outline of session

Primary

Galleries

  • Introduction to Creative Writing, Barbara Hepworth’s art work, influence on 20th Century sculpture and tools on display
  • Quick fire warm up activities before asking pupils to select an artwork and record their own descriptive words before working in a small group to compose and rehearse words orally to make a sentence
  • Studying Kathleen Raine’s poems, pupils will consider relationships, imagery and inspiration aided by sensory objects
  • In response to our temporary exhibition, pupils will explore the titles of the work before individually creating a piece of creative writing inspired by the artworks on display
  • Open sharing plus evaluation, discussion and feedback

Secondary

Galleries

  • Introduction to Barbara Hepworth’s art work, influence on 20th Century sculpture, tools on display and artistic process
  • Warm up activities recording words, introduce vocabulary and language. Ask a couple of students to explain the case for writing about different works, and then cast a vote to decide
  • Further study of some of Barbara Hepworth’s influences using sensory objects and descriptive words before working in a small group to compose and rehearse sentences recorded orally
  • Studying Kathleen Raine’s poems, students will consider relationships, imagery and inspiration before writing their own responses to the artworks
  • Students will study the temporary exhibition on display and consider titles of works while questioning ‘would I change any of the titles? ‘Why is the title important?’
  • Pupils will work individually or in small groups to produce a piece of creative writing with words collated and inspiration taken from the artworks on display
  • Open sharing plus evalaution, discussion and feedback

How can teachers and group leaders help?

Please bring your enthusiasm, be prepared to join in and model good behaviour.

To support activity in the galleries please remind children about our three rules:

  • no shouting
  • no touching
  • no running