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.
"Staff found the approach Stephen offered both stimulating and interesting whilst giving us also practical experience of creating a piece of art with a religious interpretation. Staff have already been trying out various ideas with the children, who have loved them."
"A good cross curricular and creative approach to RE and the Arts which the staff enjoyed participating in."
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 delivered a really well planned Bible story project for each year group from Year 1 to Year 6. Good quality work was produced and Chalice Arts returned to help finish off the work. A really valuable contribution to raising the Christian ethos of the school through art. Highly recommended. We have booked Chalice Arts to carry out a First World War commemorative project with Year 5 and 6."
"We are so pleased with our St Peter's Painting for our assembly hall. It's much more than we imagined. It's a masterpiece - it has a real presence."
Chalice Arts returned in October and carried out two Black History workshops. Again we were absolutely delighted with the outcome.
Chalice Arts has contributed enormously to raising our Christian Ethos through art and projects to promote British Values. The contributions from Chalice Arts were really appreciated during our very successful SIAMS Inspection.