The RA Learning Department offers tailor made workshops for SEN schools. These are taught by experienced artist educators and include a gallery tour and practical session. They can involve both on site and outreach activities. Multi sensory props, Photosymbols and Makaton are used to support the sessions where appropriate.
Outreach Workshop based on 'The Real Van Gogh' exhibition, led by Harry Baxter at Richard Cloudesley School
Special Schools Weeks: Multi-Sensory Workshops
RA Access welcomes SEN schools for a programme of workshops: Special Schools Weeks. This multi-sensory workshop programme includes conversation, object handling and creative sessions. Specially trained RA Access volunteers support these workshops, which take place between 10.30am and 2pm.
2012–13 Special Schools Weeks dates are:
- Portraiture: 28 January to 1 February 2013
- Summer Exhibition 2013: 1 to 5 July 2013
'Modern British Sculpture' Special Schools Week (workshops led by artist educators Abigail Hirsch and Harry Baxter)
'Last Friday I took my class to an educational visit at the Royal Academy. All my pupils are disabled, use wheelchairs and some are visually impaired and non-verbal. The pupils had a brilliant day. The activities were adapted so everyone could participate and join in all the experiences. The tour around the galleries was made into a multi-sensory experience and everyone joined in the art activities in the workshop because they were especially designed to meet our pupils' very special needs. We very much hope we can continue our link with the Royal Academy. Thank you for a brilliant experience.'
Mary Kelly, Oaklands School, December 2010
Feedback from 'Treasures from Budapest' workshop for a SEN school
'The staff were so friendly and considerate. We have never been made so welcome anywhere else as we were today.'
Feedback regarding a workshop for a SEN school, December 2010
'Degas' Special Schools Week, (workshops led by Abigail Hirsch and Harry Baxter)
Special Schools Week Summer Exhibition 2012, Richard Cloudesley School
Special Schools Week Summer Exhibition 2012, College Park School