Stephen is an educational consultant, practising artist and photographer www.stephenbrucephotography.co.uk. He was a primary school head teacher for 16 years from 1998 and is a trained Section 48 Inspector (SIAMS). Stephen specialises in art and design teaching, training and projects of various kinds. He has been involved in training teachers in art since 1990. He has experience of teaching PGCE students at the Institute of Education University of London, providing courses for NQTs, experienced teachers and art subject leaders. He wrote regular articles for Art and Craft Magazine published by Scholastic and has written training materials for the BBC. He also undertakes work to help improve displays and the school visual environment.
Stephen is a member of the NSEAD (National Society for Education in Art and Design). He is an NSEAD registered consultant.
Willow Tree have thoroughly enjoyed working with Steve Bruce from Chalice Arts UK. We have been involved in a range of projects linked to our International Primary Curriculum topics. Some of the themes have included Cave Art and Ancient Egypt. The children learnt to use a variety of different medium and gained knowledge about colour palette work and design. Steve also worked with some gifted and talented pupils to produce a range of Governor Portraits inspired by a particular artist. The children really enjoyed this element and were talking about it for many weeks afterwards. It was a hugely enjoyable experience and one we would recommend many other schools to take advantage of.
Chalice Arts UK delivered an excellent INSET for the staff on using clay. This inspired our Art Week and Stephen Bruce delivered workshops for our Year 2 classes. We learnt a great deal from this experience and improved the skills of teachers and support staff. Thank you - it was very enjoyable and the children produced lovely work. We look forward to Chalice Arts working with our Art Subject Leader over the next term.
We have really appreciated the work Chalice Arts did for our "Take One Picture" project. The INSET with staff and the teaching with the children produced lovely work.
"I enjoyed the art that you taught us, I learnt new things about art and you have really made my day and week. Thank you." Dennis Y6
"I enjoyed it and learnt something new about art and I was happy at the end because I haven't done that kind of art since I was born. Thank you so much." Nathan Y6
"Personally I thought it was really fun and it gave me more of an idea of how to use acrylics. So yes it was really fun." Tyler Y5
"I really did have a lot of fun with you." Amelia Y3
"I enjoyed painting an advent picture and making the flower." Faith Y3
" I enjoyed the painting." Alaina Y2
Your art sessions in our school with children from Year 2 to Year 6 have been excellent. You have not only taught our children new skills, and love and appreciation of art, but also our staff. We now have some beautiful displays around our school, which clearly reflect our Christian values - an important part of who we are. The photographs that you have taken for us are also excellent and are just what we wanted for our school website. Thank you very much, Steve.