Foundation Phase case study: Conwy

Project summary

Inspired by a visit to the exhibition and focusing on colour, texture and scale, activity ideas developed through a creative dialogue between the artist’s and children’s ideas. Over the course of several sessions in school, creative areas were set up so children could select resources freely and choose when to join in. All activities emphasised children exploring their own ideas, with new materials and techniques gradually introduced each week. The artist recorded the children’s responses as well as leading activities. Teachers also made observations and the local authority videoed many of the sessions. As well as showing what children had learned, this created valuable training material.


  • School: Ysgol Maelgwn, Llandudno Junction (reception/nursery groups) 
  • Gallery: Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy (exhibiting large, colourful paintings by Ivor Davies) 
  • Artist: Eleri Jones (painter also education officer at the gallery)