The Courtauld Gallery has provided students with special educational needs and Hospital School students with opportunities to engage with and explore artworks from the Courtauld collections, through site-based sessions and outreach workshops.
Based around a theme relating to the Courtauld collections, talks ranged from discussion of three to four artworks to a multi-sensory exploration which focuses on one artwork. Props, replicas and handling objects were used in the Gallery to support these talks.
Workshops took place in the Courtauld Gallery in front of artworks, followed by a practical session in the studio space. Each workshop was tailor-made to the particular requirements of the group and can include multi-sensory exploration, handling sessions, storytelling and practical activities.
Outreach sessions were offered to Hospital and Special school groups who are unable to visit the Courtauld Art Gallery. Artist-educators used large laminated reproductions of artworks and sensory resources to support these sessions.
Artist Ashley Davies worked with students from the Aquarius Unit, Springfield Hospital to prodce animations that take inspiration from Edgar Degas The Dancers. Participants made wire armitures and then filmed stop frame animations in miniture discotheques, the modern equivelant of the theatres and music hall Degas’ Dancers may have performed in.