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Family Workshops


Creative workshops for parents and their children to participate in together. Workshops can take place in school time, at weekends or as a holiday activity.

Example activities include:

  • Everyday Objects: Teaching parents how to use recycled materials or everyday objects to make affordable artwork at home with their children
  • Photography: Family member or group photographic portraits, taken by pupils, peers or friends. Participants can take photographic prints home with them
  • Aspirations: Projects to explore pupil and parent aspirations
  • Collage / Mixed Media Portraits: Participants create collage portraits of each other, annotating them with the positive characteristics about that person, their favourite people, places and objects of significance
  • Storyboards or comic strips: Creating original creative stories that incorporate their families into their journeys or adventures
  • Mosaics: jointly creating a sign for their house or a specific room at home
  • ‘Imagined Towns and Cities’ – Sculpture and Installations: The creation of simple model building structures of imagined homes. The individual models can collectively be made into a group installation over the course of the workshop.

School Improvement:

Community Programmes

  • Family Learning or parental workshops
  • Improving relationships between school and home, and enhancing parental engagement
  • Shared learning opportunities

The Arts:

Skills Development | Arts Enrichment

  • Skills-based workshops – drawing, painting, collage, 3D, photography etc
  • Enriching curriculum provision 


“The children are gaining access to a far richer curriculum.”  Year 4 Teacher

“It was a very warm, friendly experience. Thank you.”  Parent

“I loved making my painting with my Mum.”  Year 3 pupil

“I’ve really enjoyed spending time together with my son.”  Parent

“We have never had so many parents taking such an active interest in school life outside of parents evening.” Headteacher

Outcomes and Impact:

  • 100% of parents reported the experience as a positive and constructive interaction with their child
  • 100% of parents and children learnt new skills together
  • 100% of children said they had enjoyed the day
  • A number of parents reported learning new things about their child as a result of the day
  • 70% of parents said they would repeat similar activities with their children at home

Project Costs:

From £210 + materials per 30 participants (based on half day workshop session @ £135 + planning meeting @ £75)
Costs vary dependent on the number of groups and participants

Further Ideas:

  • Run a family learning project during school time to launch or celebrate the end of a topic
  • Support pupils to lead short activities for their parents to share their learning
  • Join forces with other local schools and host your activity jointly at your local secondary school, with a cross over of age groups taking part to support transition
  • Include a gallery or artist studio visit, encouraging parents to use local cultural provision
  • Theme your workshops around particular books, events or celebrations

Illustrative Outputs:

  • Artist-led workshops
  • Original artworks to take home – 2D, 3D or photographic
  • Individual and family artworks created
  • Parents and children spend time together taking part in creative activities
  • Parents actively taking part on the school site 

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