Schools and Community Projects

Is your school or community group looking for a permanent ‘statement’ piece of art to showcase your pupils’ creativity, express your community’s individuality or to promote your school’s ethos and values? As a visiting artist and an experienced teacher I can enable your pupils and staff to create something unique and beautiful to enhance their learning environment.
I lead art and craft projects with a defined end product – for example a wall-hanging to display in a newly decorated entrance hall, or perhaps to commemorate an event or to celebrate links with the local area. These projects are tailored to meet your specific requirements - I teach the skills involved, source materials and lead the project from conception to completion. I also provide in-school workshops to develop particular art, craft and design skills, from textile arts such as patchwork and embroidery to papermaking and felting. These workshops could be held as stand-alone events linked to either the Art or Design & Technology curriculum, or alternatively embedded within a cross-curricular project or linked to national initiatives.

Why organise a Crazy Mary Crafts project for your school or group?

Large-scale in-school art projects are the perfect way to provide curriculum enrichment and creative challenge for pupils of all abilities.
Learning new skills in a less academic setting can raise self-esteem and give many children a real chance to shine outside the normal classroom environment.
Your whole school family can share in the design and creation of a ‘legacy’ piece of art which can be appreciated by everyone for years to come.
Projects such as this encourage collaboration and cooperation skills within your school and they also provide an excellent opportunity to foster links with your local community.
National initiatives can be linked to the school curriculum in a fun and inspiring way.
I am a qualified teacher with many years teaching experience – I understand how schools operate in today’s educational ‘climate’ and the many pressures that they are under. Organisation, flexibility and the ability to adapt to your individual school are key features of how I operate.


Prices vary but compare favourably with supply teaching rates - I charge a daily teaching fee + travel expenses + materials cost. Final costs depend on the type of project, materials and the nature of my involvement. To make an enquiry please contact me.

Safeguarding Children:

I am registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service, holding an enhanced status certificate. I also have my own Public Liability Insurance. I possess a BEd(Honours) teaching degree, plus City & Guilds Certificates in Creative Embroidery and Preparing Working Designs.


Crazy Mary is the teacher behind various Primary Schools’ winning entries in the International Festival of Quilts: First Prize 2009; Second Prize 2010; Third Prize 2015; Highly Commended 2011; Highly Commended 2014.
Mary is highly professional, well prepared, great with the children and fun.
B Letts
Mary is an excellent artist and teacher with a contagious enthusiasm and fresh ideas. A pleasure to work with!
S Haynes
Solihull MBC
Mary inspired us all, children and adults alike.
J Strugnell
Thank you again for you wonderful help with the project. It was great!
P Shelton
We have been over the moon with all that you have given us.
C Harding
Many thanks once again for coming into school and working with the children, they all enjoyed the experience.
J O’Keeffe
The banners that we made with you are bright, beautiful and timeless and hang with pride in the school.
J Lloyd-Langston
The wall hanging has arrived and I showed it to all the children in our Feast Day assembly yesterday. It got a spontaneous round of applause. It is beautiful, and even better than I thought it could be. You are very talented.
F Maynard
All the staff and children are very proud of the final piece!
F Bimson

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