The Weekend Academy has been working with students and staff from five Pupil Referral Units in North London, on a visual arts project for young people who are outside mainstream education.
Artists Oreet Ashery, Janey Hagger and Stephen Wilson led a painting project in 2005, working with KS3 and KS4 students. WKD invited selected pupils to return in 2006, to work with Oreet Ashery and Douglas Ebbage on an animation project, developing characters and making individual and group animations.
The Weekend Academy presented this work to a wider audience in 2008, with an exhibition of participants' work and a day-seminar. The Weekend Academy has published two teacher's workbooks for simple animation and large-scale portrait-painting courses, developed from the workshops for this project which are now available. The workbooks can also be downloaded in pdf format from the links below.
This project was generously funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, with the intention of developing skills and confidence among both students and staff at the units, and to encourage further self-initiated work by PRU units with artists and students outside mainstream provision.