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Home Education: January – June 2018

Since January, we’ve been running visual arts workshops for home-educated children in Doncaster. Funded by Doncaster MBC, the sessions provided opportunities for home-educated children to make the most of our art materials in hands-on workshops led by our brilliant visual artist Karen Hall.

Sessions usually take inspiration from the exhibitions in our Gallery space. Since January, our Gallery has been home to Rebel Daughters, celebrating 100 years since the first women got the vote in the UK; International Images for Science, showcasing the role of photography in science; and Celebrate, a showcase of work by Doncaster College graduates including fashion, textiles, illustration and much more.

With such varied exhibitions, there’s been plenty for our Home Ed participants to be inspired by! How they use the inspiration is up to them; they might try to re-create one of the artworks, such as the brilliant clay work below.


Alternatively, some participants decide to use the artist’s style or concepts to inspire their own artworks – for example, the colours and themes of the plate below finding its way onto the participant’s Suffragette poster.

Home Ed sessions have taken place on one day per month, but we ran two sessions on each of those days to try to make the workshops accessible to as many people as possible.

We ask participants in all our programmes for feedback wherever we can, so here are some of the lovely things which have been said about sessions!

The tutor is lovely and the atmosphere is very relaxed.
I really look forward to it and get excited.
[How could we make the sessions better for you?] More sessions!
My child learned how to felt… she taught her sibling and now they both enjoy felting and it has become a hobby!
The exhibitions create talking points for us to discuss after our visit as well as during - such as seeing workings depicting Women’s Rights which sparked a great deal of creative art, story writing and suffragette banner making in our house afterwards!
We've met other Home Ed families and children from other areas we may have not otherwise met.

As of June, our block of Home Ed sessions has come to an end. We are hoping to receive more funding to run another block of Home Ed sessions – in order to keep up-to-date with what we’ve got coming up, you can sign up to our mailing list here. You’ll receive our monthly e-newsletter containing information on upcoming activities, events, opportunities and more, which which you can opt out of receiving at any time.

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