Welcome to our second issue of Let's Get Creative. We hope this half term has been a plethora of creativity and learning which you have enjoyed as much as your students!

We have been busy over this last half term getting to know many of you and local organisations too, I know at least a couple of new partnership projects between schools and organisations are in motion which is really exciting to see and we can't wait to get an update on how projects are going!

This half terms newsletter is full of new and existing opportunities for you to get involved in and some great events for students to go to too.

Please remember to let us know about all the creative and cultural things you get up to so we can share your successes and your experiences by sending details and images to 


Whats Coming Up
Jackie Palmers Academy

Do you have students considering options for September? 

Are they 16, post-GCSE’s and have never previously completed a Level 3 qualification?

 Then this course is for them and FULLY FUNDED!

On our fully funded government (BTEC) course, they will:

Be trained in all aspects of performing arts, in exceptional facilities.

Be supported from audition through to application to conservatoire or university.

Have the opportunity to be represented by the Jackie Palmer agency to work in TV, theatre and film. 

For more information contact us:

Theatre Shed
Lights, Camera, Action!

Theatre Shed Half Term Course

Children’s Theatre (ages 6-11) -  21st Feb   
Youth Theatre (ages 12+) - 22nd Feb

This course is open to all so if anyone fancies making a short film.

Contact us for more information 
Bucks Music Trust

 Xtra-Gain is our ½ term taster workshop for singer-songwriters and instrumentalists looking to gain band experience, with a one day course in performance and songwriting skills.   


The workshop will run alongside our Battle of the Bands performance days and will include a concert put on by the BOTB7 contestants at the end of the day.   

Xtra-Gain will lead directly into our new Hi-Gain sessions at Amersham Music Centre on Saturdays with groups taking place between 11am and 2pm.  Xtra-Gain and Hi-Gain are activities at Music Centre for those who learn a popular instrument including drums, vocals, keyboard, and electric, bass and acoustic guitar.  

Date: 26th/27th February 2022 

Daily timings: 10am-4pm 

Cost: £25 per person 

Sign up here to select your preferred day: 

Email: for enquiries about the activity

Garsington Opera

GO Create; the opera Imaginarium is a new digital resource created to engage young people with opera in an inspiring, accessible and fun way.

GO Create is filmed at Garsington Opera's home, an opera house set in the beautiful countryside. This short series introduces young people to the world of opera and everything that goes into making it. On stage, we are used to seeing a wonderful spectacle with singers, dancers, an orchestra and captivating design, but backstage and beyond there is an extraordinary company of people who make this happen. Through GO Create, we lift the bonnet on opera and look at what and who really make it work. We hope this will inspire and inform the next generation of theatre-makers to reach their full potential.

All episodes on Eugene Onegin are available here

Wizz Fizz Festival, Aylesbury
The much-loved WhizzFizzFest parade will kickstart this year’s event, with schools from across Buckinghamshire invited to get creative, make some artwork or puppets and parade them through Aylesbury on Saturday 02 July. If your school would like to get involved either with artist visits, teacher workshops or just going alone, get in touch!”
Contact: Dan Reynolds –
Read more and apply:
Rothschild Foundation
Funding for Creative Learning Sessions
at Waddesdon Manor

The Rothschild Foundation and Waddesdon Manor have jointly launched a Schools Access Fund with the purpose of subsidising and promoting learning sessions for schools. We welcome applications from schools across Bucks for financial support covering transport costs, workshop fees, National Trust Education Group Membership and staff costs to a maximum of £750. 
Applications can be made anytime through the Rothschild Foundation’s website -  
If you’d like to have a pre-application conversation to share your plans or need support completing the application form, please contact
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
Livestream Learning – Creative Characters

Booking now for Spring and Summer!
Our Livestream learning sessions bring our galleries and Roald Dahl’s archive directly into your classroom, with a mixture of live facilitation, activities, and videos. Your pupils will discover how they can use Dahl’s writing and creative techniques in their work, led by our enthusiastic experts. 
Term-time weekdays. 10 am, 11.15 am, and 1.15 pm slots available.
Email the Learning Team at to book.
Queens Park Art Centre
Exploring Drawing through Printmaking and Mixed-Media

Artist-led outreach project for Primary Schools - Spring-Summer 2022
Queens Park Arts Centre is offering artist-led printmaking workshops for school groups from Year 1 to 6, Primary. Tailored to each group to expand children's existing experience, techniques such as monotype, reduction printmaking and new approaches to mark-marking can be taught, in-house or at school.
Contact Sarah Lewis:
Harsha Basu
Theatre Shed
Freya and the Return to the Shediverse by Theatre Shed
Due to Covid-19, this show had to be cancelled over the Christmas period, which was extremely sad for our members. However, we are back and ready to perform and the really exciting news is that now we have more time to once again collaborate with Singing Cactus so the show will be a mixture of live-action and animation – it’s going to be amazing!
Join us this winter as we take to the stage for the eccentric live-action sequel to our lockdown animation 'The Goat, The Shed and Me!' The shediverse has been infiltrated by a bunch of disgruntled Christmas decorations who have sent the portals into lockdown! Back on Earth, Freya's Christmas is at risk of being a total shipwreck! Follow Freya as she returns to the shediverse this winter and meets the new characters, all in a quest to find Greg the Goat. Is Greg really the only one who can save Christmas?
Friday 25th February - 6:30 pm  and Saturday 26th February - 3 pm
Family ticket: £25 (2+2) - Children & Concessions: £6 - Adults: £9
Venue: Spinney Theatre, Beacon School, HP6 5PF
To book or get more info contact: 
07368141400 -
Guitari Lounge - Under 18's Open Mic Nights
The night is currently held every month at High Wycombe Arts Centre and The Drawing Room in Chesham. Everybody is welcome to attend, the dates are as follows:
Guitari Lounge is an open mic night organised by the Buckinghamshire Music Trust to give young people from across the county an opportunity to play in front of a supportive audience, hone their performance and songwriting skills and make like-minded friends.
High Wycombe Arts Centre: 18 Feb, 18 Mar, 29 Apr 2022
The Drawing Room: 3 Mar, 7 Apr 2022
 All sessions start at 7-9 pm. £2 entry
Bucks Skills Hub
Bucks Skills Show 2022
An opportunity to interactively engage with over 120 businesses and organisations and next providers (universities, colleges and apprenticeship programmes) to find out more about: 
what it is like to work in key industries 
what skills and qualifications are needed to get their first job 
what steps they should take between now and at the point of application 
Try a range of interactive activities and talk to employers from a range of sectors
Aimed at: young people, parents/carers, and individuals looking for a career change. 

March 9th 2022 - 4 pm - 7 pm - Westcott Venture Park
To find out more and book your place visit:
Exhibition: 'Smell the Roses' by Colin Stokes
1-16 Feb - Open Mon-Sat - (FREE TO VIEW)
Colin’s work inspires a visual conversation, highlighting the importance of slowing down, relaxing and observing greatly the wonder of nature of which we are an integral part. In essence: “Stop and Smell the Roses.”

Making Shadow Puppets
Half Term, Monday 21 Feb - 10am - 1pm
For ages 7 - 11. Design and make your own puppet based on the signs of the zodiac - taking inspiration from the creatures and stories different cultures have seen in the stars. You will learn how to give your puppets character and a sense of humour and make dramatic effects with light.

Exhibition: 'Hand Crafted' by Hannah Heys
21 Feb - 9 Mar - Open Mon-Sat - (FREE TO VIEW)
A celebration of colour and craftsmanship with a conscience. Hannah weaves sustainable practices in to all her pieces. A range of Hannah’s wall hangings, rugs and cushions will be on display, created using hand tufting, punch needle and latch hook techniques.

Paint like a true Artist!
Half Term, Tuesday 22 Feb - 10am - 1pm
For ages 7 - 11. Fun and playful workshop exploring abstract art. Children will work on large scale, using some 'grown-up' materials and some materials that are less expected. See how we can make a big impact using colour and mark-marking, all inspired by British-Guyanese artist Frank Bowling.

Young Artists: Printmaking
Half Term, Wednesday 23 Feb - 11 am - 1.30 pm
For ages 12 - 16. An introduction to the various techniques of monotype - one of the most spontaneous methods of printmaking. Perfect if you're already interested in drawing or painting, students will see how the same skills apply in prints. Suitable for all abilities and levels of confidence!

Young Artists: Concertina Artwork
Half Term, Thursday 24 Feb - 11 am - 1.30 pm
For ages 12 - 16. Make an expanding drawing on folded paper, working from a mixture of observation and imagination. Students will be introduced to drawing with wet and dry soft pastels and learn new techniques. We'll take inspiration from current artists who use these techniques professionally.

After-school Art Club
Wednesdays 16 & 23 March -4.30 - 6 pm
Regular painting, drawing and printmaking for primary schoolers (aged 7 - 11) at Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. Come and try out new ways of making art and give your imagination some exercise! Children will be introduced to a broad range of practical processes and creative games.

Colour & Pattern
Easter Holiday, Monday 11 Apr - 10am - 1pm
For ages 7-11. A chance to learn all sorts of easy printmaking processes! We will be working quickly: mixing up colours and using rollers, sponges, blocks and more to make original patterned artwork. Children will be introduced to some of the principles of designing and get to try it for themselves. 

Mixed-Media Portraits
Easter Holiday, Tuesday 12 Apr - 10am - 1pm
For ages 7-11. Discover the fascinating process of 'monotype’ printmaking and make an arty portrait to take home. Children will be guided to explore different media and develop their printed drawings, making decisions about colour, composition and background. Not too sure about drawing faces? No fear, we’ll show you how!

Young Artists: Relief-Printing A Story (2-day course)
Easter Holiday, Wed 12 - Thur 14 Apr - 11am - 1.30pm
For ages 12-16. Over this two-day workshop, students will create a sequence of three prints that tell a mini-story. You’ll be shown how to make relief prints by carving designs into printing blocks and we'll experiment with how to make wordless images tell a story. 

Clothed Life Drawing
Afterschool, Monday 25 Apr - 4.30pm-6pm
For ages 12-16. If you've never tried life drawing or have done a tiny bit before, this workshop is for you. You'll be guided in how to approach drawing the human body from life, from a clothed model, as artists have practised for hundreds of years.

Contact us: 01296 424332
Book at:
Fatal Attraction - Mon 4 – Sat 9 Apr 2022 - Ideal for KS4 & KS5
When happily married New York attorney Dan Gallagher, meets charming editor Alex on a night out in the city, they both commit to a night of passion they can’t take back.
Based on the classic film, this gripping play will help students to explore themes surrounding consent, commitment and complex relationships, introducing them to some adult themes.
Groups 10+ £3 off* per ticket, valid Mon - Thu (evening performances), price Bands A & B.
Groups 20+ £4.50 off* per ticket, valid Tue & Wed (evening performances), price Bands A & B.

Great School Group Discounts Available!
Plus School Groups 10+ get 10% off ice cream orders^ (as a roundel)

Group sales: 020 7206 1174*
Box Office: 0844 871 7615***
*Calls charged at local rate, plus your phone company's access charge. No booking fees apply to Group bookings. Group bookings cannot be made online and must be made via the Group sales phone line.
**Calls cost up to 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge. Booking fees and a transaction charge of up to £3.65 apply to non-Group bookings made online/phone.
^Discount applies to ice creams ordered at the point of booking only.


The next issue is due on the 31st March 2022 with the deadline for submissions on the 29th of March.

Please remember to share your successes with us

Share Now

We are asking young people from across Bucks to tell us about things they enjoy, cool things they've seen, done or been to. What do they think about Arts & Culture, about Bucks, also what's missing?
Students can send us a message, an image, a video, poem, story or track by clicking below 

Show Us/Tell Us

Buckinghamshire Culture Partnership are running a project called Bucks in 100 Objects and would like some contributions from young people.
Please share this website with students and encourage them to take part, it's quite a fascinating project!

Just click here

Bucks in 100 Objects

Fresh Works

Creative Industry Careers Event Produced by Georgina Frances from The Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe.

Georgina organised an excellent careers event for her students with some amazing speakers. Here is what she said about it: Every year I hold a Creative Industry Event for all my Year 9 and some Upper School. I invite guest speakers from across the industry to talk to the boys about their experiences within their area of expertise and how they ended up there. It is always a wonderful event. This year's line-up included a London architect, a graphic designer that worked with the crew of Top Gear and on magazines such as Good House Keeping, Tesco Magazine, Good Food etc, an old boy working on a Netflix Warhammer animation series, an Italian shoe designer, our Artist in Residence who produces ceramics for top-end restaurants and a storyboard that worked on Harry Potter, The Mummy, Wonder woman etc.


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