Posted: 27th May 2016

A summer of kite-making


From 18th – 22nd July there is the opportunity for children aged from 8 – 14 years of age to fly high at St Augustine’s Priory. This is the week when the Art and Architecture, ‘Artkitecture’, camp runs and is for children who enjoy getting creative through making kites, drawing and building an outdoor structure.

The website is at and if you book before 1st June there is a £50.00 discount , with a further discount for siblings of £30.00.

Ms Eng, Head of Art at St Augustine’s Priory, is running the course with architectural designer David Shanks. Fees are £295 for the week, with activities running from 9am-5pm daily. To book, please contact

Please note that bookings through the website are processed by Paypal.


This is a fun and unique opportunity for children to get hands on. Students will work together to create their own paper kites, models and a collaborative pavilion in the Art Rooms and beautiful grounds of St Augustine’s Priory. Kite building requires a level of precision and it is an incredible feeling to fly something that you have made yourself!


Students will have a first-hand understanding of building from an industry professional, and also learn how to document their building in an architectural drawing. They will be able to take their kites and drawings home at the end of the workshop. The experience focuses on learning through testing and making, and allowing students to take risks within an educational setting.

You are now all familiar with the community embroidery project ‘A Stitch in Time’ led by Ms Eng, Head of Art, BSc, PGCE, and may also know that outside teaching she is a practicing graphic artist who illustrates and designs children’s books, posters and educational resources which are being used in schools around the country. Artkitecture’s vision builds on the Art Department’s ethos of working with practicing artists and designers, and developing meaningful contemporary ideas that embrace multi-disciplinary practice and intellectual thought.


David Shanks BA (Hons), MArch, who co-runs the workshop is a freelance designer who teaches at the University of Greenwich and University of Kent, and has worked with children and teenagers in galleries and other educational settings. After graduating from the Bartlett School of Architecture he managed the construction of an award winning steel house in Kew – recently featured on Grand Designs. He has worked with St Augustine’s Priory over the last year in the ‘A Stitch in Time’ project, and through helping to install the Society of Head’s Art exhibition in Ealing Town Hall.

Places are not limited to children who attend St Augustine’s Priory, and boys are very welcome! If your daughters (or sons) are between 8 and 14 years old and would like to participate, please read further details and book today via the website

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