Working with schools

An update from our Schools Liaison Officer, Ruth Goodman, including feedback from the recent Annual Governor's Conference.

Last month June Faulkner and I had the pleasure of manning the HVA stand at the ‘Herts for Learning’ Annual Governor’s Conference. It was well attended by governors from both primary and secondary schools across Hertfordshire.  

We were able to talk to a wide range of governors about what we could offer their pupils to enable them to develop their creative skills as well as how working with artists could enhance their curriculum. Many primary schools already work with artists and find it very inspiring but it is harder for secondary art teachers to arrange sessions due to the demands of delivering GCSE and A level course syllabus however we did give information to secondary governors to pass onto their art departments hopefully we will hear back from them.

Certain primary governors asked specifically for artists to work on certain projects or be able to take workshops. Some governors also asked whether artists would be prepared to lend out their artwork for schools to exhibit.

If you are interested in working with schools in Hertfordshire and could offer support with the following projects please let me know and I will pass on your details to the schools:

  • Providing extending after school provision in the form of art workshops in the St Albans area
  • A primary school in Bishops Stortford are looking for a printmaker to work with their children

We also had an enquiry for an ‘out of school’ activity:

  • A beaver group in Berkhamsted are looking for weekly art classes for 6-8 year olds from  5.30 – 6.30pm

If you feel that you would like to be added to the HVA database of artists prepared to work with schools then do contact me . In the New Year I would like to send a letter out to schools with artist’s information and contact details.

I would also like to thank those members who have put themselves forward for the Arts Award Advisor courses and will be able to support young people in gaining their awards. If you would like more information about Arts Award do visit their site

HVA Schools Liaison Officer


Samuel Ryder Academy in St. Albans hosts the 4th Schools Art Exhibition in January 2015.  This year it will exhibit over 60 pieces of artwork from a total of 20 schools in the district. The largest amount of artwork so far.   The standard of work is amazing and this exhibition continues to provide a forum for the young creative students to show their work. It also provides an opportunity for the local community to enjoy and appreciate the work in a professional setting.