Working with us
We are open for commission
See our About page for a clear idea of how we work.
Our role as art educators has two main threads:
- To share our skills and knowledge of fine art techniques and art history
- To apply art as a creative approach to exploring and understanding a broad range of topics / ideas / interests
We work in educational settings and public spaces, delivering high quality art activities to children and families.
What are the steps to a commission?
Our relationship with clients usually starts with an invitation to the school / venue for a friendly chat. We need to view the space where the art project will take place and completed artworks will be exhibited.
We’re interested to hear about the ambition for your project. Hearing you talk triggers all sorts of ideas. This helps us to design a project best suited to your aspirations and the needs of your beneficiaries.
Following an initial meeting and view of the setting, we may require notes to begin our research. This could be an overview of a school topic for example which clearly lays out the areas of study. Or in the case of a public art gallery / museum, it might be info on a particular collection. From this, we will submit a written proposal / budget for consideration.
We do require a commitment from our clients in terms of communication and time. The best projects have good planning. Meetings with staff, fine tuning ideas and considerations for those who participate are what leads to A.mazing results. Please be prepared to work with us.
Once approved, we will agree a full schedule for the project – Delivery dates for the art sessions to the final installation. Then the hard work and fun begins!
Tell us about your project
In the classroom we are guest educators. We work with the children in short, intensive bursts and our main goal is the art practice. In order for both us and the pupils to get the most out of the art session, we do require that the class teacher and TA’s be present and active with us for the duration of the art session(s).
It is a huge help if the school consider a working space for Art Hoppers to inhabit throughout the duration of the project. Art works need to be stored and prepared in readiness for exhibition. Materials also need to be stored and prepared.
We usually agree access to the school art cupboard for use of art equipment and tools such as paint trays, pencils, paper although we do source much of our own specialised art materials too.
Both our and the pupils involvement in the project can be seen, in part, as a collaboration. We offer a vision for the project, the children produce the products and we present these in a way which builds on a specific narrative or theme. Together our shared input makes for an exciting combination which leads to awe inspiring results.
Our approach with public spaces varies depending on the nature of the project. In most cases we are invited to deliver a one off art session for families. In the case of an education project, we may be required to develop a programme of work which can be rolled out over a period of weeks.
On the day of project delivery, we will need get-in / get-out time. We are likely to benefit from a nearby parking space / loading bay to off load materials too. For projects which run a longer duration, we may need to consider access to a storage space for materials.
Please consider if you would like us to design a leaflet / poster for our particular activity. This is something we can include within our proposal. We can provide copy / images for in house publicity too. We have a professional photographer as part of our team – If you would like us to document the event as part of the project, this is easy to arrange.
Participant feedback – We are happy to include evaluation forms as part of our activity and to agree what those forms may seek to determine.
We have worked with:
The Big Draw these for 2019 was Drawn to Life. Art Hoppers in partnership with Rich Mix, City & Hackney Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and local families discuss art and well-being via two community events for The Big Draw festival 2019. A community artwork is up on permanent display in Dalston CLR James Library in Hackney as a result of the project.