Education

Jessica Perry is a very experienced freelance artist inspiring children and adults of all ages and abilities to expand their creativity and to enjoy a range of artistic, personal and collaborative skills, providing schools, community groups, art galleries and museums with bespoke projects to any given theme, art curriculum enrichment, PPA cover & Inset sessions.
Her tailor-made art classes in school, supporting all areas of the curriculum, use different mediums and techniques to help achieve learning objectives and encourage individual and team development throughout Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, including complex needs.
Jessica also runs a weekly art workshop with vulnerable adults in a supported living setting (www.thornagehall.co.uk) which develops skills and confidence in printing, painting, plaster casting and decorative craft ideas

Schools select from a one-off workshop, a day of art activities or a series of regular themed classes over a term or year. Community projects are often linked to a local festival or or annual special event, designed to bring different sectors a community together
Devising enjoyable, hands-on workshops as family learning sessions in schools and at public events, Jessica's experience spreads over 30 years, with recycled plastics and textiles, natural materials, clay and plaster-casting, drawing and painting forming the core of her practice.

Jessica completed three Creative Partnership projects in Norfolk (at Harford Manor Special School, Norwich, Brundall Primary and Burnham Market Primary) where valuable and exciting art projects were embedded in the curriculum, bringing together practical ideas for children and staff, combining art, literacy, drama and outdoor learning.
Jessica is one of the core artists in Norfolk County Councils 2012 Artists for Climate Change scheme, offering a unique package of visual and imaginative learning on the theme of Slow Food and Food Miles (see the Climate change page of this website)

Outdoor projects include pizza ovens, campfire cooking, sculpture trails and site-specific land art.

Jessica runs workshops within museums and at public events, (such as the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich) linking projects to a given theme or set of artefacts.
“Jess has inspired children and staff with her amazing art ideas, many of
these make great use of recycled materials. Her outside works, especially 3D
sculptures, have added a new dimension to our art work.”
Fiona Chant – Head teacher at John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery School

REVIEWS:
“Jessica Perry is a real pleasure to work with. Her workshops and creative
projects are exceptionally imaginative and great fun; her professionalism is
unrivalled; and she is reliable, amenable and adaptable to changing
circumstances.”
Rosie Glasgow COAST 2012 Chair and Treasurer, NNEP 2012 Workshops Chair

“I am always amazed at how creative she can be with recyclable materials.
She helps children to think 'outside the box' in both artistic process and
product.”
Steven Hales ~ Head teacher, Burnham Market Primary School

"Jess has worked with families to create inspirational and dynamic pieces of
work, communicating with all generations in an inspiring manner."
Monica Harding, Aylsham Cluster Family Learning Co-ordinator

“The children and the staff have all got so much from your visit to our
school. It was refreshing to give our more talented pupils an extended
art activity. Teachers are already planning art activities using similar resources and ideas to the ones you introduced. As well as this, many of the children have been inspired to try these techniques at home.”
Amanda Blezard – Arden Grove Infant & Nursery School

Cley 12 Exhibition

28/09/12

Cley 12 Exhibition, Jessica Perry's exhibit at the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Visitors Centre, Cley, Norfolk. ...more

Recycled plastic bottles: original art workshops every year (September) at Green-build, Felbrigg, Norfolk.

12/09/11

A selection of creative ideas for simple and achievable projects on a budget, for all ages.
To date, Jessica has 'over 100 things you can make' with empty plastic milk bottles. Contact Jessica for details! ...more

Seabirds: outdoor sculptures by class 3 of Burnham Market Primary

23/08/11

An assortment of seabirds in the coastal Norfolk village of Burnham Market. ...more

Recycled firepit for outdoor classroom (Brundall 2011)

23/08/11

Custom-made portable firepit/bbq/tripod cooker ...more

Recycled Plastic Art

08/09/11

Using plastic milk bottles to make a 1-pint baby owl, sitting inside a 2-pint parent owl!
Great for Childrens Parties * Schools * Training and Public Events. ...more

Spidergrams

08/09/11

A creative approach to writing, helping literacy to be active, outdoors and fun! ...more

Burnham Market cluster schools Art-Ex with NADFAS

01/07/11

Jessica led a 2 day masterclass workshop in various art techniques and ideas for children aged 5 - 11yrs, and their staff. ...more

Climate change project

16/04/10

Snails, Trails and Food Miles: interactive and mixed media project for primary and secondary level. ...more

Culture of the Countryside (SCVA)

06/12/10

Outreach projects around Norfolk (and beyond) taking the SCVA collection into schools and providing closely linked art workshops. ...more

Tour of Britain 2010: Buxton School Living Art Project

07/12/10

Buxton Primary School worked with Jessica Perry to create a human bicycle wheel, and a large scale outdoor sculpture (CD Panel, for the Outdoor classroom - see Gallery for images).
Images can be viewed at- Buxton School Living Art Project: http://www.buxtonschool.co.uk/pages/children/galleries/living-art-project/ ...more

Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts - artist workshops

06/12/10

Artist workshop leader for a wide range of practical sessions with school groups of primary and secondary age. ...more

Art and Drama multi-sensory project via Creative Partnerships.

19/11/10

Creative partnerships between schools and artists. Contact:
http://www.creative-partnerships.com/in-your-area/norfolk-norwich/projects/harford-manor-school-multi-sensory-experience-helps-pupils-find-a-voice,308,PRO.html ...more

Outdoor Sculpture trails

16/04/10

Outdoor sculpture made with primary and secondary students, as well as families. ...more

Pizza oven project

22/11/10

Outdoor cob oven built by children, parents and Jessica at Aylsham infant school.
Jessica runs regular courses about Pizza ovens - see the Pizza Oven page for details. ...more

Plastic Bottle Greenhouse and other recycled bottles

16/04/10

Truly original things to do with plastic bottles, suitable for all ages and abilites ...more

Surestart Childrens Centre art

25/11/10

Collaborative artworks made for permanent display in Surestart Childrens Centres around Norfolk ...more

Family Learning and Transition project.

06/12/10

Family Learning in the Aylsham Cluster - working together, with families in Norfolk schools and community centres, with simple and original art and craft ideas. ...more

Felted Wall hanging to celebrate Every Child Matters, within a family learning day

14/12/10

Finished felt panel made collaboratively with all the school children and parental help, at Hevingham Primary School ...more

Memory Sticks - textile sculpture: Hevingham Primary

08/12/10

Family Learning Art Activity at Hevingham Primary School, Norfolk ...more

Family Learning - Mushroom sculpture

05/01/11

Pots ready for filling with plaster, to become small mushroom sculptures at North Walsham Infant School ...more

Salthouse 2010 - Seabirds sculpture

08/12/10

Seabirds made by young people at Binham Touth Club, Norfolk, with guidance of Jessica Perry. On outdoor display at Salthouse 2010. ...more

Salthouse 2010 - Cotton Tower sculpture

08/12/10

'Tower' made for Salthouse 10 exhibition in Norfolk. 15' high tower of white cotton shirts. ...more