and we are off……….


Years 5 and 6 have made a fab start, they have done some amazing designs for the schools own heraldry banners. We looked at the history and reason for heraldry, looking at symbolism and what it mea…

Source: and we are off……….


WW1 Herritage POPPIES.


I have just finished embellishing some wonderful poppy prints by the artists of St Mary’s RC Primary Horwich. Alongside this I needed to attach the stems to their beautiful blood red poppies created out of stoneware clay. I feel this rich red glaze depicts the blood shed during this cruel war. The children created all the flowers and each was unique.

A great collection of works inspired by their work with Neil West. Written pieces and poems. A real credit to a great creative class. YEAR 6 2016.



All Saint’s C of E Primary School Batik


Well what a privilege it was to be asked to do a design and create day in All Saint’s primary C of E school.. It was a fast whistle stop day, going into each class to get every child to make their mark and each class to decide how they as a class would like to be portrayed for the final batik and creation.  It was an amazing day.. although time was limited the children and staff came up with some amazing ideas and illustration to depict the values and mini mission statements for each class..

Early years had fun drawing eggs with patterns, having just seen baby chicks, hatch, and grow they thought it very apt that as the newest members of All Saint’s primary they too would be like the chicks growing and developing..

In year 1 class they decided to draw flowers, bright and colourful like them.. and their statement was growing together..

Year two had fun drawing amazing stars, everyone was different , just like each member of the class. They felt their class was summed up as being “Out of this world”. To strive to meet their full potential.

Year 3 thought their hands were important. They as a class love doing creating and practical things.. therefore their statement is “Hands working together”.. each hand is so very different, we do things differently and  have different skills and interests..

Year 4 had a great time designing rockets. They as a class feel as though they always try to “Aim High”, Being the best that they can be.

Year 5 decided to use houses as their symbol of community. They drew some impressive buildings which alone where unique, but together as a collective made a beautiful picture. there statement is “We are all unique but together we are a masterpiece.”

Year 6 did a collection of amazing designs to draw all the above together, using the schools logo and mission statement to underpin this wonderful creation.

Each class canvas can stand alone, however more importantly each class canvas can come together with all classes to be one whole collaborative  school creation depicting a school whose values are very visible .


The Valley Primary School -Amazing creating for British Day


I have had the privilege of working with the children of the Valley Primary School Bolton. The brief was to create a stained glass window installation which portrayed the children’s views of what it is to be British, symbols of Britain and things that where typically British…

In class the young people did a lot of research into British historical events, monuments, music, customs, design, and they discussed their own Britishness and cultural relevance to this. Such a lot of preparation was done with sketches, designs, and debating what should be included in the final piece.

The children were totally engaged with this project and were absorbed with each stage of the process, and there were many!

We had to do working drawings, then lay out the design and boarder plan. We placed the perspex sheeting into position and then using the layout sheet to copy the outline with leading and raised detail marking. This had to be done as accurately as possible. Then there was the difficult task of glass painting. The children had to  pay attention to different brush techniques and make sure areas where covered evenly and create textures where necessary. This meant applying several coats and building up effects. The final exciting task was the embellishment adding glass beads, textured paints and gold leafing etc..

The Valley Artists have created an amazing 3 panel Stain glass installation. As an artist it was a pleasure to work with and enable children to explore new experiences. Children that had a willingness to learn and took such pride and pleasure in learning new skills. The whole experience was a real celebration of the joining together of knowledge, research, children’s views and opinions, learning, listening and Creating…. WONDERFUL!!


All Soul’s Church project…Cobblestone Community


Well what an amazing 2014, I have been working with some amazing people across Bolton as part of the All Soul’s Banner project for the official opening this weekend…

When Amy Llewellyn asked me to be part of this I really didn’t expect to be working with so many wonderful folk!! It has been a real community effort with so many people creating.. The finished pieces are a labour of love. Children and adults of all abilities have had ago. The final results reflect the diverse community in which we live.. We used the elephant as a symbol to connect communities as it has been used as a quality mark in the cotton industry in Bolton and the elephant is embedded in the history of Bolton. It has also been incredible the amount of elephants produced…both 2D and 3D at least 500+. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to use them all, but what a wonderful measure of peoples enthusiasm to be involved.. We will do something with them though… I would like to thank so many people, Grainne Pendlebury for supporting me in schools, Gill Fletcher at St Thomas’, Vicky Fenton at The Valley. Shayaz Issa for co-ordinating the parent creative group who’s efforts were incredible.. Anne Lodmore and her creative team. All the inspiring people at Café Create who really got into elephants… The St Peter’s sewing group…Christine Brockbank for hours at the Mill. Norman Hindley for his great knowledge and detail. Ann Lowton and Andrew for doing my shifts in the Café to accommodate the finishing off….Pete Marsh for offering studio space when I needed it….and Amy L for the opportunity. Here’s a sneak preview of the finished creations…


Creative Critters


Well if you go down to the woods today you will certainly have a big surprise… Children of Ladywood school and their Mums, Dads and Carers had a great time making fungi with a difference…Slithering Slugs, lounging lizards and many other critters take up residence on these amazing creations.. They will become part of a woodland trail and will offer homes for real critters too…So much to see and what an amazing project Janet Rhodes from “Playing for Success”.  Great to be part of it…


Real fun working with Janet Rhodes at Playing for Success….a great opportunity to get our hands dirty and see what we could create out of mud…Thank you Janet.


Batik Creations…..


I love it when a plan comes together… 

2  very different projects.  The vivid colours and excitement of  year 1 trip to Bolton’s Queens park.  Capturing their observations and the wonder of what they saw… Statues, swans, Victorian steps and railings… foliage, trees, flowers and wild life. An amazing group of creative children. 3 panels of memories.

A stain glass batik window…each panel depicting a school value and mission, totally designed by young creators at St James C E School Farnworth…With details that are revealed as you take time to ponder….


“He know the plans He has for you…..”