Schools & Community Workshops

I have broad experience in delivering glass fusing workshops to schools and the community.

Each project is tailored, according to budget, age and abilities of the group. Groups of up to 6 students can be taught in my home studio, or for larger groups I can bring the studio to you…..although I have to leave the kiln behind – it’s far too big to fit in the car! The artwork will be carefully wrapped up, fired in the studio and returned.

For groups of 20 or more I can give a one hour talk and demonstration of glass fusing techniques and everyone then makes a piece of dichroic glass jewellery. Price – £5 per person.

Recent projects include:
Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust: Working with pupils of Park Academy Sheffield as part of the graphic nature exhibition.

Sheffield 50 plus: A community art project including workshops and an exhibition.

Derbyshire County Council: Glass fusion workshops with key stage 4 students attending an inclusion unit and presenting a range of behavioural problems and special educational needs.

“Alison has worked extremely well with the young people here, engaging them and managing them effectively and producing some excellent work. The students have responded well to Alison, developing skills, learning, co-operating and realising their artistic potential. Throughout Alison has shown high expectations of the young people, developed positive relationships with them, required and obtained good order, prepared and resourced her lessons well. I have no hesitation in commending Alison to you”.
D. Malandain – Senior Head of Centre. Peak and Dales Support Center.

Bethany School:  A six week glass fusing course as part of GCSE art.

“…….Students experimented broadly, and sought and responded to Ms Zwaard’s guidance. Each of them were very positive in their evaluation of the course. The work produced will be a significant contribution to their GCSE art portfolio……”
John Lintern – Art Teacher, Bethany school.

I am fully CRB checked and have public liability insurance up to £5 million- documents available on request.

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Please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07947002427 for an informal discussion regarding your project.