Dates for PSTDC starting Jan 2018 - see below:
Sheiling School, Thornbury Park.
Park Road Thornbury
7 WEEKEND PROGRAMME– Saturdays & Sundays –Starting Sat 8.30am & finishing 5pm Sundays
DATES FOR PSTDC STARTING JAN 2018
NB: Due to popular demand we have added a sevenths workshop
Leaded Stained Glass - with Johannes Steuck
COST For PSTDC 2018:
The cost of the PSTDC: £1020/person. Inclusive of all materials, food/meals for the weekend.
A deposit of £200 is required following submission of your PSTDC Application Form - you will be notified when to pay this.NB your deposit secures your reservation but is non-refundable; however under certain circumstances, where attendance is not possible, your deposit maybe deferred to your attending the following year's course.
Missed workshops: In the event of you missing a workshop weekend you have the option of attending in the following year.
All teas/coffee & hot meals provided - using mostly organic produce. Dietary needs can be accommodated - see Application Form.
I am sorry to say that we no longer have use of accommodation at the school as in previous years However there are reasonably priced local B&B in in the locality. Address list of B&B etc can be provided on request.
The PSTDC, started this Jan 2017 & currently running, concluding in July 2017 - hopefully there will be sufficient interest to start a new course run in Jan 2018
Down loadable Flyers/Brochure will be available soon.
We aim to have 12 participants 15 max, decided on a first come first serve basis. - but could run with 10 min.
If you are interested in taking up this opportunity, starting in Jan 2018 then please confirm by return email also with any questions you may have. You will of course be sent full programme details /seminars & Talks etc later.
In order to start a new course JAN 2018; I would need to receive applications throughout 2017.
If you require more information please email/write or phone - thanks:
Bernard Graves. Pyrites. Mayfield, 11 Bisley Road Stroud. Glos. GL5 1HE
Tel: 01453 767208
NOTE: Please replace (at) with the @ symbol.
With Kind regards
Bernard Graves 1st March 2017
PSTDC - Course Content & Overview
Practical Skills Teacher Development Course
The PSTDC is aimed at all teachers, craft tutors, parents & individuals wishing to bring new elements of practical ‘experiential learning’ to their work.
Practical work & Skills provide many opportunities for cross-curricular learning as well as staff development. This course has been designed to support both areas in ways that promote resourcefulness in the context of a school’s grounds and landscape.
The programme can be modified to suit the needs of individual orginisions; for instance therapeutic or Special Educational Needs providers.
The main objectives of the course are for a participant to:
EXAMPLE OF WEEKEND COURSE CONTENT - PRACTICAL ACTIVITIES & THEMES BASED ON A PREVIOUS COURSE RUN
1) From Fleece to Felt
Practical: Felting: From raw wool to dying to Felting: Frances Graves
Practical & Introductions, Course Induction & expectations of participants.
Saturday: Theme: Education of the Senses out of the Environment. The hand as conveyor of experience & learning.
Sunday: Review of w/k with focus on Animal world. Induction to Log books & recording practical work.
2) From Skin to Leather
Practical: From Skin to Leather: Jeannie Ireland
Saturday:Workshop - Meeting & Blessing of the Deer followed by Leather work.
Theme: Movement Learning (Nimble Fingers begets Nimble Minds - Will Developed Intelligence)
Sunday: Review with focus on Animal world and experience. Cross-curricular opportunities.
3) Hedgerow/ Willow Basketry
Practical: Hedgerow & Willow Basketry: Bernard Graves
Saturday: Theme: The Temperaments & Craft
Sunday : Review with focus on The Plant kingdom. Introduction to unit ’Adolescence a Descent Into matter’ Research Project.
4) Greenwood work
Practical: Green wood work: Richard Turley
Saturday: Theme: Adolescents a Descent Into Matter- human development or Helpers in work
Sunday: Review of w/k with focus on The Plant Kingdom and cross-curricular opportunities.
5) Clay work & Ceramics
Practical:From Clay to Pots & Kiln building: Sam Makumba
Saturday: Theme: The Educational Landscape
Sunday: Review of w/k. Individual presentations of ideas & progress with craft related research.
6) Pit Forge & Blacksmithing
Practical: Iron Age Pit Forge & Blacksmithing: Arian Leljak
Saturday: Theme: Craft Gestures
Sunday: Review of w/k with focus on The Mineral Kingdom.
New workshop activity now added as formal part of the PSTDC
7) Leaded Stained Glass: Johannes Steuck
Practical: Design & cut coloured glass to fit around a semi precious stone/s - mount using Leaded bead.
Seminars & Lectures
Wrapped around each of the weekend’s practical work are seminars, which assist with ‘reflection’ and ‘Understanding’ of personal experiences and the value of Crafts in support of human development. Lecture contributions will introduce fundamental aspects of the Study of Man arising out of Anthroposophy. Practical skills & the Waldorf Curriculum.
NB The PSTDC is no longer accreditted
Participants are however encouraged to submit work by way of compiling a portfolio accreditation; of their work.This can go towards Personal & Professional Development.
Handouts will be provided so that participants do not need to take copies notes during the practical work.
A camera is recommended and is a useful way of documenting the practical activities.
NB. Weekend themes for discussion & Lecture on Sat evenings may evolve during the Course, please make suggestions, as the course is to serve your requirements and personal needs.