Schools, Colleges & Community

Our Big Hand, Little Hand charity helps plan craft workshops in schools and colleges.

Find out about our: Community education work

Giving a BIG hand to schoolsSchools leaflet  /  Gallery visits
Mosaic makingWe can help teachers plan a project with a professional maker who will visit the school and run practical craft sessions. Where possble these can tie in to key stage curriculum subjects such as Art and Design/Resistant Materials.

Our previous sch
ool workshops have included: figurative ceramics, ceramic sculpture, textiles (felt-making, silk painting and screen printing), wood sculpture, paper, mosaic (panels and seating) and willow sculpture. We have also run larger crafts projects to make ‘outdoor classrooms’ using cob building. see pictures of some of the projects here: Projects and Activities.

Benefits: craft residencies can be used for a variety of educational outcomes which include:
willow weaving
- Specialist help with GCSE, NVQ, BTEC, Arts Award and A level studies

- Pupils and artists making permanent work for installation in school grounds

- Being creative and having fun during an arts week

- Learning about use of tools, materials and design techniques

Big Hand, Little Hand projects are a educational partnership between school,
artist/maker and the Devon Guild. Funding is shared between the Devon Guild and the school.

Craft residencies are usually between 1 - 5 days at a school

The Devon Guild pays 50% of artists' fees

School pays 50% of artists' fees plus crafts materials costs and mileage

Craft residencies are evaluated and documented by the Guild Education Officer

Work made at schools during residencies (or photos) may be shown in Guild Showcases 

We are constantly looking to expand the range and diversity of our Craft tutors' pool. Please contact us if you are interested in joining. All artists are CRB checked and insured. 
Plese refer to our
 Child Protection Policy.

Summer exhibition collage making Gallery visits: 
We also welcome
gallery visits from schools, community and informal learning groups - providing a valuable learning outside the classroom experience and way to engage with the arts in a new context. Our venue is happy to host Arts Awards students.

We can provide Educational Resources for teachers to accompany each exhibition and also offer a Quiz Trail or making activities for younger visitors to the gallery. Access our 'Courses for School Leavers' info sheet here.

We do ask that any group of over 10 members is pre-booked and that the group is accompanied by an appropriate number of adults. 

To book a school group visit to the Devon Guild please contact us
Big draw 201101626 832223     

If you would like more information or would like to discuss an idea for a project, contact Philippa de Burlet our Education officer.

Images: (top to bottom) Big hand Little Hand craft projects in local schools;
gallery display; kids at the Big Draw 2010


Seminar programme:
Every year we programme
educational events relating to our contemporary craft exhibitions. Our talks are for the benefit of our Membership, students of craft, art and design, teachers and anyone with an interest in contemporary craft. More...

Get Fresh is a biennial exhibition, devoted to new makers from the South West. We seek to encourage graduates from the South West’s art colleges and universities. 2015 will be our seventh 'Get Fresh' exhibition. More...

Further & higher ed.
 We aim to enhance courses of study at local schools and colleges through presentations, gallery talks and events focussing on aspects of their design and contemporary craft courses. We have offered mentoring to students, foster research links with universities via our critical networks. materiality. For UP courses go to:   or find a general course list here.

Graduate Awards:
We support Plymouth College of Art also Plymouth University and when possible Somerset College of Arts and Technology by annually offering an outstanding student a showcase for their work in our shop. This  Visual Arts Prize is awarded for quality of making, design innovation, use of material and saleability. The winners all get to display and sell their work in a special graduate showcase in our craft shop. 

2013 Winners:
Plymouth College of Art
Anna Hall, Jewellery 

31 August - 28 September

A g
raduate from Plymouth College of Art Anna Hall won the Devon Guild award for quality of design, originality and saleability. makes individual jewellery from found materials. She is exhibiting some of her prize winning products in our Bovey Craft shop - items are all for sale. Info.

University of Plymouth:
Matt Parrish,
Lighting design 
Showcase: September (TBC)

This University of Plymouth graduate won our award for his craftsmanship and skills in design ie these beautiful contemproary lamps. He will be exhibiting his lamps in the Devon Guild shop in early Autumn 2013.
We will let you know when dates are confirmed!

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