Art Workshops for KS1 and SEN: now open for booking

Wave and Arts2Educate

Abi Thommes is the founder of Arts2Educate, a successful Dorset-based organisation that brings art and drama workshops to primary schools. Abi’s years of teaching, arts and drama experience, including gaining her Arts Awards, has helped to see Arts2Educate grow – expanding her work to into art centres, libraries, holiday clubs, as well as schools across the region.

Wave is delighted to be collaborating with Abi to offer FREE arts workshops for KS1 and SEN schools across Bournemouth and Poole, including an optional in-school CPD session.

With an appreciation that there is often limited resources, capacity or time to fit in arts projects in schools, we hope that Abi’s energetic approach, along with her ideas and skills, can help to provide an inspiring art experience for you and your class.


Abi will deliver two half day workshops over two terms based on your termly topics. Before coming into your school she’ll discuss with you the topics you’ll be doing and build a lesson plan around your school’s focus those terms.

During the hands-on workshop, children will build up a range of techniques which can be built on throughout the term.  After your first workshop if you would like to sit down with Abi to discuss the rest of your planning for the term she will be more than happy to do this.

Abi will return the following term for another workshop. This will give you the chance to build on her first workshop, developing the skills explored through her first workshop – and give your students something to look forward to.

Our aim is to ensure the children grow in confidence with the techniques taught and for you to feel inspired in teaching art, so by the end of the term the children can produce a final piece that you and they are proud of.


10 schools will have the opportunity to receive two half-day workshops AND an in-school CPD session with Abi. This will be a fun, informal and practical session open to you and your colleagues that wish to be inspired in teaching art at KS1 or for SEN.

Abi will once go through a range of different techniques and ideas that you could use with your classes; play games, work in pairs and as individuals, and show you how to work towards creating a final piece. The CPD will take approx. one hour and is designed to take place at the end of the school day.


Workshops are offered on a first come, first serve basis. To book your school in for a workshop please email giving your 2 preferred dates for workshop 1 AND workshop 2.

(E.g workshop 1: 28th Jan AM or 30th Jan AM workshop 2: 10th June AM or 17th June AM).

Choose from the dates below:

Workshop 1 options:

(AM or PM)

28th – 31st Jan

4th – 7th Feb

11th-14th Feb

Workshop 2 options:

(AM or PM)

 10th-13th June

17th-20th June

24th-27th June

If you would like to receive a twilight CPD from Abi, please let us know in the email. Please note the CPD can only be added after a PM workshop.