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Is the lockdown helping us realise the value of art and creativity?

June 2, 2020 / Hannah Breeze

One of the first changes we could see in public as a result of the lockdown were rainbows going up in windows. Created by children to support the NHS and care workers, these little bursts of joy created instant community on our streets. Families came to together to express compassion with a symbol of hope. […]

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Textiles study day with Mary Restieaux RDI

October 3, 2018 / Georgina Chatfield

On Wednesday 19 September a group of A-Level Art students from Whitley Academy were welcomed to the home and studio of Mary Restieaux RDI for a textiles study day. We gained a sense of the career pathways that a passion for working with textiles could offer and the multitude of ways that designs can be […]

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We are committed! Arts, culture and creativity in our schools

May 12, 2018 / Georgina Chatfield

As we hit May full on, amidst the bank holidays and half term we are all running full steam ahead with our ambition that our children receive an education that is rich in the arts, design, cultural and creative activities. We are preparing for the RSA Academies’ Festival of Arts and Creativity, Artsfest, which arrives […]

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Mental pictures: applying joy and colour to a challenging issue

February 22, 2018 / Georgina Chatfield

This blog has been written by Melanie Andrews, Design Network Manager, RSA. It has also been posted on the RSA website. A recent exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, ‘Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?’ explored how communication design could be persuasive, shocking and perhaps even instrumental in healing. Last week, to coincide with Children’s Mental […]

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The Secret Gardeners’ Project: impact so far

April 12, 2017 / Georgina Chatfield

We are at a point now where we were anticipating drawing The Secret Gardeners’ Project to a close. Silly us! The enthusiasm has not waned, external factors have played an instrumental role and of course, in April, the world is now starting to come to life. Whilst so much has been achieved, there also remains […]

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RSA Pupil Design Awards 2015-16: Winners

February 22, 2016 / Georgina Chatfield

“The RSA Pupil Design Awards are centrally about the power of social design, but it is ultimately about helping pupils realise that they have the power look at the world and make things better. What better education to give to a pupil?” – Rethinking the boundaries of design   At the beginning of the school […]

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#Dress4ourTime: a different form of learning

December 11, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

On Friday 27 November we held a special schools’ day interrogating and being inspired by ‘A Dress for our Time’ at St Pancras Station in London. Building on the relationship with the Helen Storey Foundation and the body of work produced by Prof Helen Storey MBE RDI which RSA schools have explored through the Field of […]

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RSA Academies and the Royal Designers for Industry

May 11, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

Would you like to know more about how the RSA Academies work with the Royal Designers for Industry? We have just launched a new booklet in our ‘Being part of the RSA Family of Academies’ series about the relationship that RSA Academies have with the RSA’s Royal Designers for Industry (RDI). The booklet illustrates seven […]

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Malcolm Garrett RDI and Arrow Vale RSA Academy

February 2, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

A talented group of Year 12 A-Level Media students at Arrow Vale were taken on an inspiring and creative journey “from record sleeves to real world design” by the 2014-15 RDI Master, Malcolm Garrett. Widely regarded as a significant influence on the development of graphic and digital design in the UK, Malcolm is best known […]

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Charlie Paton RDI and RSA Academy, Tipton

December 17, 2014 / Georgina Chatfield

Guest blog from Chris Smith, Lead Practitioner MST, STEM and IBCC Coordinator at RSA Academy, Tipton The RSA Academy hosted a visit by Charlie Paton RDI to support Year 13 students taking the International Baccalaureate Design Technology. Students are undertaking their final project on the course which accounts for 40% of the marks. They need to […]

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Robin Levien RDI and RSA Academy, Tipton

August 27, 2014 / Georgina Chatfield

Product Designer Robin Levien adopted a game show approach when he set a design brief to two teams of six students at the RSA Academy. His project ‘Design, Make & Communicate’ was launched live on stage in the school hall in front of a packed audience of students, tutors, and parents. Each team, a group of […]

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Winners of RSA Pupil Design Awards 2014 announced

August 27, 2014 / Georgina Chatfield

This is a blog from Hilary Chittenden who runs the RSA Pupil Design Awards. “His enthusiasm is infectious and his motivation is undeniable. He has worked extremely hard to solve his chosen design problem and has produced a plausible design and concept.  He has worked well with his partner and shown a range of communication […]

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Stephen Jones RDI and Whitley Academy

August 27, 2014 / Georgina Chatfield

Britain’s biggest name in hat design, milliner Stephen Jones RDI, has designed hats for international fashion collections as well as the likes of Princess Diana, Beyonce and Lady Gaga. Stephen set a project to sixth form art & design students at the RSA Whitley Academy in Coventry, challenging them in a video to design a […]

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Learning Spaces project with Warwick University

August 26, 2014 / Georgina Chatfield

This is a guest blog from two students Ipsley CE RSA Academy: Daniel Langham 5AS and Aaron Davies 5RM The learning spaces project was a really great experience for all of the kids who went there. This is what went on and a description of what we did. The purpose of going to Warwick University was […]

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Weston Beamor jewellery competition winner announced!

August 22, 2014 / Georgina Chatfield

This is a guest blog from Chris Smith, Maths, Science and Technology Lead Practitioner, STEM and IBCC Coordinator at RSA Academy in Tipton.  Chris explains how RSA Academy in Tipton have played a key role in the success of this inter-school competition.  Back in January 2013 a number of RSA Fellows met at Weston Beamor in Birmingham’s […]

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Ben Kelly RDI and Arrow Vale RSA Academy

June 3, 2014 / Georgina Chatfield

Interior and exhibitions designer Ben Kelly RDI visited Arrow Vale RSA Academy and proposed a radical ‘live’ brief. The initial project for Year 12 product design students was to design an architectural shelving system for the school entrance hall to display student’s work. However, as communications developed during Ben’s visit, the brief, much to the […]

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