“Emily Cooling organised fantastic workshops producing huge willow and tissue lanterns with 180 children over two days. It was messy, creative and great fun, thoroughly enjoyed by staff and children alike and the finished products were amazing!”

Brenda MeekGerrards Cross

“Emily organised a project for us at very short notice. She provided all the materials and had brilliant ideas. Her work with the children was well organised and imaginative and she supported them to produce some fantastic art work. We’d love to use her again.”

K JacksonWitney

“Emily ran 2 sessions at our holiday club for young people with learning disabilities. She was patient, communicated well with the group and lots of fun! We worked on a beautiful batik throw and a giant three dimensional yellow Submarine. Would highly recommend for creative, challenging – outside of the box – style arts activities.”

Anna CheethamOxford

“Emily has worked with us on 3 occasions. She is great with the children and staff, really listens to what we want to and goes the extra mile. Really pleased with the work she has done. We have booked her again later in the year!”

Christian McGuinnessWitney

“Our theme for the day was to be inspired. We wanted something that would involve a group of children in creating something that would inspire others. The willow red kite now hovers above our wildlife area. The children demonstrated skills such as working together, collaborating, perseverance and taking part. The end result reflected the high expectations that Emily had of the children. It was a great day with a lasting reminder.

Inga Bain Corby

“Worked with 5 groups of 8 children to produce a willow plane. Emily communicated with us throughout the planning process and came on the day with all the relevant resources and was ready to work with the groups straight away. She gained their respect immediately and the children responded very positively to her. They produced the most amazing willow plane and learnt the techniques of weaving willow. A super workshop and we have subsequently recommended Emily to other schools. We will be definitely working with her again.

Emma LordReading

“Emily came to our school in July 2013, she worked with children in KS1 and lower KS2 and created a fabulous giant willow pear which sits outside in our garden. To decorate the inside as well as promoting healthy eating, Emily created a huge wicker fruit basket with larger than life fruit, covered in tissue paper.

The children were very responsive to Emily’s manner and they achieved a great deal in a short time. Thanks very much!

Helen LuneBicester

“Emily worked with our children designing and creating lanterns for the Caterton Lights Parade. The children loved the sessions and were very proud of their creations. Working with a large group of children, Emily patiently explained and modelled how to create the lanterns and then encouraged and helped the children to be successful. Thank you Emily – we can’t wait to work with you again!”

Alison FeastCarterton

“The lantern workshops run by Kidsarts for Arts and Crafts at Carterton were very well organised; objectives of the activity were clearly explained and demonstrated. Materials and tools were safe and suitable for a mixed ability group. All learners were engaged and completed the activity and all gave positive feedback. The workshops were a valuable and enjoyable learning experience, we look forwards to working together again!

Sarah GriffithPewsey

“Emily managed out public workshops for the annual lantern parade run by the Corn Exchange, Newbury, It was great to me able to rely on Emily’s wider knowledge of running public workshops and the process of making a wide range of lanterns. She was accommodating and reliable as well as a great creative support We will definitely be getting back in touch next year and hopefully before then.”

Sarah GregsonOxford

“Everyone at The ICE Centre enjoyed this years lantern project. The shapes were simple but effective. Emily was very good with our group and made everyone feel involved.”

Jill BullCarterton

“Kidsarts ran a willow lantern workshop for thirty of our pupils. It was fun, well-organised, very hands on and great for developing team and artistic skills. The artist was extremely helpful with tools and equipment, as well as pitching the session perfectly for our children. Highly recommended! I’ve clicked ‘exceptional’ for value for money although this was covered by a grant from the council.”

Rachel CasebyThame

“Emily provided a carnival workshop for approximatley 12 students during our annual 6 week summer course. The workshop included headdress making and outfits such as tu-tus, accessories and trousers. The workshop was well conducted and prepared as there was nothing that was requested or required that Emily hadn’t already thought about.
Her artistic skills were well presented through demonstrations and her examples of work only encouraged and inspired the students more. The workshop was a great success and we would love to work with Emily again in the future.

Lisa GilmoreOxford

“This project involved all the people who attend Oxford Options and those just passing through. People were encouraged to print their chosen animal/insect onto the mural which gave them ownership of the painting and pride in their contribution. We are looking for funds to afford another section of our corridor to be painted.”

Richard ArmstrongOxford

“Emily taught students how to make Christmas lanterns for a community parade. The students thoroughly enjoyed working with Emily and were very proud of their ends results. Emily was very professional and reliable. She supplied all equipment needed and had planned a well structured workshop. It would be a delight to have Emily back again.
Katy- Oxfordshire.”

Katy AllanWatlington

“Fusion Arts has employed Kidsarts’ Emily Cooling on a wide variety of community arts projects (Carnival Arts, Family Art Splash and much more) over the past 10 years and we will continue to do so as she provides an outstanding service and is so imaginative and consistantly reliable on all occasions.”

Fusion ArtsOxford
“Emily delivered a flag making workshop for a festival of art inspired by the outdoors. She used natural materials and dyes, and the young people produced some beautiful flags. She handled the workshop content and the group dynamics beautifully, and from the feedback we received from the young people they really enjoyed the workshop. A great workshop, thanks Emily.”
Liz McCaffry PayneBicester

“Emily came into school to work with students in our inclusion unit, creating flags and banners for the Olympic Torch Event. Emily’s preparation for the activity was exceptional. She brought all equipment needed and had spare tools etc. For students to use. Work created was great and students are proud to display their work in public during this event. Emily worked well with all students and included everyone in the finished piece.

Michelle JohnsonOxford

“We have used Creating Arts on many occasions to demonstrate how children and young people can use natural and recycled materials to create play thus meaning parents / carers can play with their children on a zero budget, Emily is very enthusiastic, professional and reliable.”

Martin GillettOxford

“Beautiful decor made for our festival. Giant flowers, butterflies and leaves for our massive dance tent. Very good value. Got a lot for our money, especially compared to other decor companies. We didn’t even hire this, it was made especially for us. Great to work with and took the time to design with us exactly what we wanted. Completely hassle free. Would recommend to anyone.”

Beach Break LiveCovent Garden

“Fantastic workshop, well organised, the children loved it and all had a completed piece of work to take home at the end of the session. Also a great opportunity for me as a teacher to learn more about the technique of batik. We would be happy to have Kidsarts visit us again.”

A J SaundersChipping Norton

“Emily ran a project with us working with young people who are vulnerably housed or teen parents. Around the theme of Shelter, the project ended up using the medium of batik to ex0plore the young people’s ideas. Emily facilitated the sessions brilliantly, brought out great ideas and a great standard of work from these young people, and was very encouraging and supportive of their work. She also helped them to achieve their Arts Awards by helping them t plan a session where they led other young people into how to do batik work. All in all I would use Emily any time – she was easy to work with and produced workshops of the highest quality.

Helen Le BrocqBicester

“Emily led two workshops for youth club members and their families and neighbours to create lanterns for a procession on Bonfire Night. The sessions were potentially messy, but the preparation was slick, so clearing up was easy. The materials and tools were plentiful and easy to use, even for the little ones, with some help, so they were safe. Emily is clearly a very experienced practitioner: despite the apparent chaos, she was calmly and discreetly in charge, and able to help and inspire everyone to achieve an outcome they were pleased with. What was additionally impressive was that on both occasions she brought her very new baby so he could have his evening feed – now that shows organisational ability!
The final procession five weeks later delighted the whole community. Thank you Emily!”

Shona WaltonBanbury

“Kidsarts is a fantastic company led by Emily Cooling. The client group we asked them to work with have a range of disabilities but they were able to create workshops that were accessible to everyone. The end results were just what we wanted and they easily fulfilled the brief.”

Tom CoxOxford