Digital Drawing for Writing in the Primary Classroom

5th October 2022 Market Hall Workshop
Book Now

This two-hour workshop looks at an effective way to link digital drawing using an iPad app and projection to support talk for writing, the development of vocabulary, and to stimulate sustained engagement in writing.

It also offers a quick and easy 'way in' to drawing, meaning participants and pupils need not feel any pressure about being able to draw to fully engage.

The approach was tested as part of Pens & Pixels, a two-year Paul Hamlyn Foundation Teacher Development Fund project between Real Ideas and the Learning Academies Trust with positive outcomes:

‘When using the art app on the iPads, they were fully engaged because they were having fun. When they started writing, they were writing about their ‘Walker’ and had ownership. They were keen to use their own vocabulary and words and phrases from the book. Most children wrote for longer and used a broader range of vocabulary.’ – Pens & Pixels Teacher

The workshop will provide hands-on activity and is led by Caroline Mercer from Outside The Box, the artist who devised the original approach for Pens & Pixels.

Normal price £30 reduced to £5 per person thanks to funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Teacher Development Fund.

Event Dates

Date Time Venue Info
Wed 5th Oct 4:00pm Market Hall - Event - 1 Available

Travel Information

Market Hall, Duke St, Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4PS

At Market Hall, we’re working on a dedicated place for parking but for now, it’s limited. We are an environmentally conscious organisation and encourage our visitors to prioritise green travel. Please consider getting the bus, cycling or walking to visit us. We have plenty of space for bikes to be parked securely on-site and one electric car charging point.

More information on bus routes and car parks nearby can be found here –

We value the relationship we have with our neighbours so if you need to drive to Market Hall, please avoid parking on the pavements around the building or in front of people’s drives. Please make use of the car parks we have identified in the area that are all within walking distance.

When you arrive, please use the main entrance via the steps (Duke Street) or ramp (via Wall Street).

When leaving the building at night please be respectful and consider the people living in the residential area.

There are a couple of disabled parking spaces on site – please advise us of any additional needs so we can make your visit enjoyable and comfortable.


There is a wheelchair friendly entrance on the west side of the building. The Market Hall is an accessible building, with accessible toilet facilities, lift access to upper floors and an accessible bar. Blue badge parking is available at the rear of the building.

Additional Information

Arrival and admission
Please make sure you have your ticket to hand ready for check-in. We cannot guarantee entry into the event for late arrivals.

This ticket gives you entry to the experience named on your ticket.

You are being redirected to our ticketing platform. Please login or create an account.