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Taster Days & Workshops

Taster Days & Workshops to spark creativity & imagination

Heads of Years, Heads of Creative Departments and Headteachers… Book your students onto a workshop today!

Whats it all about?

Key Stage 4 students are invited to come and take part in a range of workshops. Students will have the chance to explore or develop their creative interests and talents by completing workshops of their choice with our expert staff. The workshops are designed to engage and inspire young minds as well as help them understand their post 16 choices

All the details can be found below or in the 'Workshop offer booklet'.

A&D - Fashion & Clothing

Developing Skills with Fabric!

Duration: 1.5 hours / Max No: 12

Fashion is a subject that demands creativity and thinking from concept through to completed product. In our Fashion Department, your students would be able to cut out patterns and fabric around the cutting tables to then use the machines and over locker to develop skills that will produce a finished garment for wearing.For the girls who are interested in this, they could be going home with a printed Stratford skirt! Hemming the garment and attaching a zip or waste band will completely finish the item! If time doesn’t permit, then your students could enjoy a course on fabric decoration, dyeing methods and printing.Students will be able to develop their creativity by combining different techniques such as batik, stencil printing and fabric paints. Take your pick!

A&D - Fine Art

Prepare to become Artists through imagination!

Duration: 1.5 hours / Max No: 12

Fine Art is offering the opportunity of two different inspirational workshops that enable students to see the range of options available through this distinguished subject.Students can learn tradition printing techniques (engraving and relief) using the industrial roller print press to create printed artwork. This will involve preparing creative and textural backgrounds to print onto using a variety of materials, which will result in prints that can be taken away with them.Students could also spend a relaxing, creative hour in the drawing and painting workshop where they can create Art pieces to take home that could include: small and large scale drawing, drawing with unusual tools or working with pencil, charcoal, paint and inks – although don’t forget to bring some old clothes to cover up.

A&D - Graphic Design

Let’s get sticky!

Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours / Max No: 12

If you have eager Graphic Design students at Key Stage 4 then perhaps you can capture their imagination with a workshop that focuses on Sticker Design!Students can design logos and illustrations that can be printed as vinyl stickers. They can work with the Studio School’s professional designers to develop their skills further on Photoshop and Illustrator to put together their ideal sticker and then watch how this is produced into a real tangible output. Great for their pencil case, folders, mirrors – we are sure they can find endless potential for their self-made stickers!

A&D - Photography

Something you’ve never seen before!

Duration: 1.5 hours / Max No: 12

Photography is all around us in traditional form, but have your students really explored all the creative dimensions of the camera? The C&MSS have expert Photography Tutors who are not happy unless they are demonstrating the true extremes of this innovative subject.Students are invited to workshops that will enable them to ‘paint with light’. Using the manual settings on our DSLR cameras and studying the techniques of slow shutter speeds, Students will see creations and illusions which will take their breath away. They will have the opportunity to be creative with light to develop their skills drawing with torches and capturing this in still image form.

A&D - Textiles

So much to come and see!

Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours / Max No: 4–15 depending on workshop

Textiles is not just about a needle, thread and sewing machine! At the C&MSS, students can come and learn about the Screen-printing process so they have a go themselves and take a print home with them. Or why not book them into use our Sublimation printer and heat presses to create a mug or an apron to take home? We can even offer your students the chance to accessorise - our Millinery Workshop* shows students how to develop their own fascinator or headpiece using Sinamay, or they can develop their own felt hat (Fedora, Cloche or Bowler) using traditional hand blocking techniques.Perhaps your students would also enjoy creating their own embroidery design? Our industrial embroidery machine will show them how it’s done in the real world!*This would need to be arranged over the course of 3 weeks so the students can complete the finished item.

Creative and Media Production

Let’s get into Role!

Duration: 2hrs / Max No: 12

Do you have GCSE Media students who have yet to get their hands on the cameras that do it for real? We can offer them the chance to explore a wide range of Production Technology that are used on film sets in Hollywood, as well as the sets that make their most loved TV programmes.During our creative Media workshops, students can get to grips with the practical aspects of the filming trade, experiencing the roles of TV Studio Crew during a live production setting. Each student will have a practical role during the workshops and will have to work together as team to bring a polished product to the eager viewing of their teachers back at School.

Music and Music Technology

Rock it out in a Professional Studio!

Duration: 1 - 2hrs / Max No: 8

Our Music workshops are wide and varied for those students interested in taking their Music passion further. Your Students can spend time in our amazing recording studio to work together as a band to sing, perform and record their very own music track.For those who are not passionate above performing but enjoy using technology to mix their own tracks, then our Music Technology Workshop, which uses Cubase, will let your students edit MIDI files and raw audio tracks and will present them in a range of formats including musical scores. We will even burn their mix to CD so they can take this back to your School.

Performing Arts - Acting

Devise to show true creativity!

Duration: 1.5 - 2hrs/ Max No: 20

For the students who love to stretch their performance potential we can support a workshop experience that will combine stylised genre with dramatic techniques linked to world renowned theatre practitioners.Students can take advantage of the performance space, with cutting edge technology, to create intense theatrical performances that target all of the audience’s senses! Students are invited to demonstrate their imagination and creativity to create a nightmare scene for a horror performance that will ensure they experience the combination of expert tutor support along with Studio effects that will reinforce their performance!

Who do I contact?

For more information and to book a workshop please get in touch.
T: 01484 221892

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About the school

The Creative & Media Studio School is open to all young people who have a creative flare and are aged between 16 – 19 years old.

The Creative and Media Studio School was the first Studio School to open in the world in 2010. Since then it has achieved a series of fantastic outcomes for students. Today's news (14.08.2014) follows in that tradition and we are delighted

David Nicoll

Chief Executive of The Studio Schools Trust

With this course we will be the fashion designers of the future; we now have the skills and knowledge to excel, nothing can hold us back.

Alex & Danielle


My Art lessons in the Studio School have shown me that it's not what you see, but what you make others see; I've been completely inspired.



With the skills I have developed and opportunities I have been given in the field of Graphic Design, I am positive that it will help me to lead a successful life with a very fulfilling career.



Photography means I can make Art out of real life objects. I love seeing how my skills can create amazing pieces of work, it's very exciting.



Textiles at the Studio School has allowed us to express ourselves, explore different specialist techniques, find our inner creativity and apply it to exciting scenarios.



Learning Business in the Studio School has helped me realise that Business is everywhere and has enabled me to see the world through grown up eyes.



Creative Media Production gives me the skills, confidence and experience to work with external businesses and create professional video products whilst gaining a qualification.



Drama has really helped me to develop skills I can use in all my subjects. I've really grown in confidence because of the way I have been taught.



It's helped me to realise the number of employment opportunities available in the Music Industry, giving me the skills to succeed in any profession. I've developed skills in communication, teamwork, cooperation and Music Technology skills.



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T: 01484 382140

The Creative & Media Studio School
Netherhall Learning Campus,
Rawthorpe Terrace,

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