The ongoing Schools Education programme has been set up in memory of John Jacob, a founder member and chairman of the Suffolk Craft Society. The program is intended to give young people the opportunity to be introduced to crafts under the guidance of professional makers.
Here are some of our past projects:
To Know Our World Through a Plot of Land - 2011
For this project the Suffolk Craft Society partnered up with EastFeast to deliver the schools education program. EastFeast are experienced at working in schools and by linking up with Suffolk Coast & Heaths and Dedham Vale & Stour Valley AONBs (area of outstanding natural beauty) it enabled us to take the project outside. Schools were selected that had links to the AONB areas and this offered the stimulus for the varied work done with the artists.
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‘Ebb and Flow’ schools print making - 2008
Six schools from rural and urban areas along the Rivers Alde, Ore, Gipping and Orwell in Suffolk took part in this series of print based workshops. Working with members of the Suffolk Craft Society this was part of a larger Ebb and Flow project initiated by Suffolk Coastal District Council to celebrate and explore regional heritage and the natural landscape.
Rags to Riches - 2007
Part of the ongoing Suffolk Craft Society John Jacob Young Makers’ Programme RAGS TO RICHES took place in the summer term of 2007 culminating in exhibitions at Leiston Long Shop Museum and Gallery 2, The Town Hall Galleries in Ipswich. Professional textile makers from the Society worked with teachers in Suffolk schools helping over 300 young people to experience the joy of craftwork and to develop their creative skills in the visual arts.
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Schools Jewellery Workshops - 2006
2006 was the first year of an educational programme aimed at providing an opportunity for young people to experience the joy of craftwork, to develop their creative skills in the visual arts and to provide "hands-on" workshop experience with professional makers. A further aim was to encourage parents and other members of rural communities to develop their and their children's interest in craft and design. It is hoped that the 2006 programme will help to establish Suffolk Craft Society as an effective agency for providing creative craft programmes in schools and communities in Suffolk.
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