Children sit around tables in a classroom decorated with foliage
Image: pupils from Breage Primary School at an Art Lab session in 2019
Image: students from Falmouth School of Art at CAST with designer Robert George Sanders
A magnifying glass sits propped up on its side in front of some posters
Image: 'The (Surprisingly) Adventurous Rhododendron', CAST 2019
Image: 'Land of the Arachnids' Think and Make workshop, CAST 2019

CAST is thrilled to announce the generous support of the Garcia Family Foundation for an ambitious programme of creative learning for primary schools, in addition to our popular family ‘Think and Make’ sessions.

Following a successful pilot programme in June last year, artist educator Lucy Grant will lead a series of ‘Art Lab’ sessions for primary schools this term, exploring the life of The (Surprisingly) Adventurous Rhododendron from the perspective of Victorian botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker, and following his adventures into the mountain forests of the Himalayas.

We look forward to seeing the CAST building animated by creative explorers in March and will continue to develop imaginative learning opportunities, with a new ‘Art Lab’ series in the autumn.

As we work to expand our wider learning programme we have also recently welcomed groups from Callywith College and Falmouth University to the building.

Students from Callywith College near Bodmin came to CAST in January to learn about arts practice and career progression. They visited the studios of Nicola Bealing, Imogen Bone, Sarah Johnson and Ben Sanderson, who talked about how and why they make their work. The students also participated in experimental drawing workshops run by Ben and Nicola, illustrating the importance of drawing from observation – with a good dose of humour.

Students from Falmouth School of Art travelled to CAST on January 31st to take part in a workshop of gestural observational drawing and three-dimensional invention led by designer Robert George Sanders. Robert and his models recently performed a waste-free pantomime at Turner Contemporary, in spectacular costumes made from unwanted materials, including both high fashion fabrics and skip scavenging finds.