About our Education

Silk screen printingLearning about craft: outreach

The Devon Guild runs an educational charity called 
 Big Hand,Little Hand. It funds projects where professional makers can work in
schools and colleges or community groups in the South West. These are usually hands-on workshops and teach techniques working in clay, textiles, print, withy-work, recycled art - and much more. Projects can tie into key areas of learning, lead to a permanent stucture, or fit to outdoor settings. 

Learning though making - helps people of all ages gain confidence using design and construction skills. The creative process helps active learning about problem solving, materials and creative thinking.

Have a look at some of our projects. Call us to find out more: 01626 832223  

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Learning brochure 

Learning about craft: on-site

Gallery visits        Learning resources    
Craft media
          Tutors/courses        Craft events

Gallery visits 
On-site exhibitions and events
at the Devon Guild cover the full spectrum of contemporary craft making from the traditional to the cutting edge. Our programme puts learning at its core to promote people's understanding of contemporary craft. Most exhibitions have associated
supporting notes to help interpret the work in the gallery and put it in context. We are delighted to accommodate students from schools and colleges and groups from the community to our exhibitions at no charge. 

maiking mosaic
Please let us know in advance if you are visiting. We can supply tutors with learning resources for the exhibition. Groups are also very welcome to talks and workshops (there is a small fee for many of these), which are often of great value to students and emerging makers as they look at career paths plus creative and professional development issues.
Find out more about our craft education work in schools, colleges and the community and check out some great pictures of craft projects and activities we have organised. 
Contact: If you would like more information, to book a group visit or to discuss an idea for a Big Hand, Little Hand project please contact Philippa de Burlet (Education Officer) on 01626 832223  or e-mail: phil.deburlet@crafts.org.uk

The Devon Guild has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom
Quality Badge which provides a quality assurance for organisations who work in partnership with schools and youth groups.


Withy deers at Chagford

felt rope making

Images: (top left) silkscreening, Torre Primary; recycled plastic flowers; printing at Bidwell Brook; Bearnes mosaic 2011 

(Top right) making willow deer, Chagford Primary; felt rope-making at Feniton Primary