Secondary School Workshops

Junk Kouture

Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture is an all island competition for secondary school students which takes elements such as fashion, design, engineering and environmental sustainability and transforms them into a creative contest like no other.

Inspiring young designers, ReCreate’s Junk Kouture workshops give students the opportunity to explore and experiment with a wide variety of reuse textiles and other unusual materials.

Guided by a ReCreate artist, they consider pattern, shape, drape, how materials can be bound together, how garments can be fastened and how imagination is key in exploring their themes and ideas. They also experiment with how these items can be used in the making of their Junk Kouture garments and accessories to create striking works of wearable art.

Development Education – Sustainability Goals

ReCreate’s Dev Ed workshops allow students the opportunity to work together to consider the world’s 17 sustainability goals. Using the materials, the students develop a visual response which addresses issues such as:

  • SG goal 1 – Poverty
  • Good Health and Well-being
  • Reduced Inequality
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities

Cooperation, discussion and communication between students is encouraged, asking them to think and work creatively about how to tackle the world’s environmental issues.

Creativity Through Reuse

The creative reuse workshops encourage students to engage in a hands-on process of making and discovery. A selection of unusual and unconventional art materials is provided and under the guidance of the ReCreate artist, students are asked to consider how the materials can be reused, redesigned or repurposed. Students can create, invent and discover using their personal sense of curiosity as the starting point or focus on a particular theme or goal to support their curriculum.

These workshops also raise awareness among young people about the benefits of reusing materials, waste management and how creative approaches can help move their society toward a more sustainable future.

Design Thinking

ReCreate’s Design Thinking workshops within secondary schools focus on the development of students creative confidence. Through hands-on challenges and processes the students are encouraged to be involved in peer to peer:

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Active problem solving
  • Ideations – the formation of ideas or concepts
  • Involvement in the process

Students experience in art or craft practice is not necessary. Many of our Design Thinking workshops have developed through the students desire to make items to sell and raise money for their school. This workshop encourages them to be confident in their making skills and develop a greater sense of achievement in their design thinking process.

Tailored workshops

We can also develop a workshop tailored to suit a part of the curriculum, theme or idea you would like your pupils to experience. From making items to sell at their Christmas fair to collaborative team building exercises for the whole class, get it touch and we can come up with a solution.