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School Improvement:

The Arts:

Community Programmes | Extended Services

  • Creative curriculum / Topic-based projects
  • Cross-curricular links, eg. Literacy, Art, ICT
  • Learning outside the classroom
  • Applied learning on a live project

Skills Development | Arts Enrichment

  • Skills-based programmes – photography
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Improving the school environment - temporary or permanent artworks






Artist-led workshops to upskill children in photography and support them to produce original artwork. The project includes children learning how to take an effective photograph by employing composition, background and perspective and technical camera skills.

Example activities include:

  • Portraits: children consider what makes a good portrait (considering props, setting etc) and create photographs within or outside of the school grounds. 
  • Collages: using the work of David Hockney as an inspiration, children produce their own photographic collages, exploring perspective and shapes. 
  • Investigations: children invent a strange or unusual event that took place in their school and produce evidence of it. They take photographs of the evidence around the school grounds and make their own investigation board. 
  • Narratives: children select key points in an existing or their own narrative and produce a photography storyboard based on these.

Illustrative Outputs:

  • Artist-led practical workshops
  • High quality photographs
  • Artworks for display

Outcomes and Impact (taken from two recent photography projects in primary schools):

  • 100% of participants reported that they had learnt new skills
  • 100% of participants reported that they had enjoyed the project and their learning
  • Increase in technical camera skills and related vocabulary; macro function, zooming, focusing, flash, composition
  • Increased confidence using a camera for staff and children
  • Teachers reported new approaches; new ways of engaging children with books, using cameras in creative ways and for recording topic based work
  • Applied learning through live projects


The children have a much clearer understanding of what makes a good photograph and how to use a range of settings. Children are taking more creative photographs as a result.” Year 4 Teacher

I am much more aware now of how to use the camera features myself and the type of language and skills I can use to teach children how to take a great photograph.” Year 4 Teacher

There was a lot of positive energy in the learning of techniques and outcomes were highly creative, using learned compositional skills and initiative to try new things out.” Artist

I learnt to use different functions on a camera, such as zoom in and out, macro, view point and flash.” Participant

Further Ideas:

  • A staff INSET or twilight session in photography
  • An stop motion animation project based on a class or year group topic

Project Costs:

From £345 + materials (based on 1 day @ £270 + planning meeting @ £75).

Costs vary dependent on the type of artwork, number of class groups, workshop days or sessions.


Education & Learning

Bow Arts, 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ

T: 0208 7095293