Artist Workshops

5th May 2015

On the 5th, 6th and 7th May 2015, Mill Water School played host to willow artist Stefan Jennings. Our new art room became his base for the two and a half day project linked to an exhibition at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton.


Stefan brought objects from the current exhibition at the gallery, entitled Drop me a Line, which contained sculptures which could be played like instruments.

Every Child had the opportunity to attend a workshop and create sculptures using a range of media, including willow, wire and string. Some of the outcomes resembled instruments while others were more abstract. The pupils were shown new techniques and processed and were given the freedom to explore the materials and be creative in their approach to making work without the limitation of knowing what the outcome should look like. The work created will be shown at the gallery, which is open to the public.


Every child at Mill Water benefited from the project.

The project:

  • exposed the pupils to an artist as a member of our community and art as a career choice.
  • allowed the pupils to meet new people and learn new skills.
  • allowed pupils to think creatively and experiment with ideas and material.
  • provided opportunities for children to communicate effectively with adults and other pupils.
  • was inspiring and motivating.
  • provided opportunities for sensory exploration and experimentation.
  • exposed the pupils to the notion of galleries and their function in the art world.
  • exposed the pupils to abstract and mixed media art.
  • introduced the pupils to sculpture in a multisensory way, using sight, sound, touch and scent.
  • was fun and enjoyable.