Summer School 2017 Y9&10 Workshop Descriptors

ART – Map Portraits
Wanted: ‘Inspiring young artists who want to learn new techniques and explore portraiture, looking at identity and where we feel we belong.’

In this project, you will produce exciting large scale self-portraits and work against a background of maps that show a significant place which is personal to yourselves – it may be somewhere you live, have lived, where members of your extended family live or where your parents were born. Do your grandparents live in Wales for example? You can also include symbols, images, signs and text that reflect your interests as well. The map and other memorabilia background will make up a narrative and tell the story of who you are.

• You will need to bring at least three photographs of yourself; head and shoulders only; close-ups; to give you some choices as your project progresses. Please print these off (or photocopy the originals) beforehand and bring them with you on the first day.

• Also, please bring in a map that has some significance for you. When unfolded this map should approximately cover a piece of A1 paper. This map will become part of the art work and will not be returned to you in a pristine condition! An OS map from a shop or one from home (old, new or photocopied) is ideal.

• During the project, you will master drawing skills, and learn new techniques of creating drama and impact in your work. You will become adept at using pen and ink and painting techniques, as well as using mixed media.

• Working on a large scale, you will learn about creating a bold composition, and be inspired by the work of artists and illustrators.

Map Face

We will celebrate our achievements by displaying our work together on the final day.

We are looking for bright, creative and original writers to create a variety of written pieces in a relaxed, supportive environment with experts. You can try your hand at competitive short story writing, song writing (instruments welcome), composing poetry, journalistic or play writing and have the chance to get started on a novel.

You will be free to work alone and/or with others and at the end of the week perform your best work to your peers. This is a ’best of both worlds’ situation to be in – the freedom to choose what you love to do but to have access to experts in the field for inspiration and teaching.


How can we grow a burger from a petri dish? How can we feed a population using low nutrient soil? This workshop will investigate how bioengineers are developing the use of bacteria to feed the growing population. We will start by looking at genetics to see how we can transfer important genes to bacteria to improve food production. By looking at key case studies we will analyse the effect of enzymes in yoghurt making, cheese production and lactose free milk. We will then apply our new skills to investigate how bioengineering can be optimised. We will optimise enzymes used within juice making to decrease waste, increase yield and increase profits.


Be prepared to apply your laboratory and logical thinking skills to see if we can solve world hunger by using bacterial genetics.

MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMS (and Computer Science Solutions)
We will look at advanced topics from different areas of mathematics including algebra, number, calculus, mechanics and statistics.
As well as deriving and proving the concepts we will then look at how they are used in Computer Science and will do some game making, programming and develop our own AI systems.

USEFUL PSYCHOLOGY – with a dash of ‘Mind Control Magic’
This is an opportunity to get an insight into Psychology and how our growing understanding of the human brain might affect your future in intriguing ways! This course gets you involved in interactive demonstrations and activities so that you can get a handle on some of the latest scientific research and put it to good use in your own mind and brain.

You will be introduced to the mental tools that allow you to cut through the neuro-nonsense in the media so that you can sift out the really useful neuro-scientific findings and techniques and put them into practice. Indeed you will start to be able to see the difference between Science and Pseudo-Science in general.

You will learn ‘mind control’ techniques both ancient and modern – including practical tips and tricks that you can use yourself! Plus, you will learn a little about how stage magic works, through an understanding of information processing in the brain and hypnosis.

You will practise practical skills in memory and in ‘positive psychology’. You will find out how to measure and reflect on your personality to make the most of your capabilities. You will explore how you could maximise your own mental health and become the best possible version of yourself.