Collingwood meets Hollywood Summer School 2014

TICE Summer Schools Last week we completed a fantastic summer school at Collingwood School and Media Arts College, a community special school based in Morpeth. We themed the summer school as ‘Collingwood meets Hollywood’ that put a movie themed twist onto all activities and fully documented our 2 weeks with mini movies and photo galleries for everyone to see what was happening. You can see absolutely everything on our blog: but here’s a quick breakdown of who we met and what we got up to… Continue reading

We had 10 days with our Collingwood superstars who had a vast range of activities to get involved in. Of course everything had that TICE creative spin added to it and all workshops bought into step into the Hollywood vibe and created sessions which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Here’s a brief overview of our 2 weeks,you can click on photos to see the posts and also watch all our mini movies:

Day one

Day 1: First we started off baking cupcakes and brownies ready for NBA Skills and Film Fighting Skills with James Watling. Check out the movie for Day 1.

Collingwood Meets Hollywood Day two

Day 2: You can’t have a film themed summer school without a celebrity guest! Meet Smurf from Mini Pony Hire! Plus our very own Charlotte Liddle came in to do some jewelry making. Check out mini movie for Day 2.

Collingwood Meets Hollywood Day 3

Day 3: Our Collingwood superstars start making a name for themselves spraypainting with John Craggs.  Then ended up in the sequel of Splash! the movie for Day 3.


Day 4: Today was split into two creative areas, music with our very own Sam Burt and also animation with Nicky in Collingwood’s Media Suite. Some fantastic results shown in Day 4′s mini movie.


Day 5: This gave a creepy crawly finish to the end of our first week. Animal Antics Parties stopped by with an array of celebrity guest from all sorts of famous animal/insect movies! But that wasn’t all, monsters then featured in the afternoon with our TICE mentor Lottie Maddison. Here’s a look at Day 5.


Day 6: We kicked started our week with another visit from James Watling with NBA Skills but also got our chefs out once more to create healthy fruit smoothies, some vegetable soup and fresh bread… yum! That’s not all, there was also a quick French lesson too!  A quick look at Day 6.


Day 7: Science was the name of the game today… obviously in the most creative ways. Today we had the Nutty Professor in making mini Jurassic Park’s and also Sam Burt back with a session which gave us a little science into the ‘Sound of Music’… check out Day 7.


Day 8: Well… it’s impossible to have a movie themed summer school without a film classic! Today we all turned into Robin Hood with the Green Lane Archers from Newbiggin! Also, John Craggs returned to help other young stars create a name for themselves too. Here’s Day 8.


Day 9: Today was all about our young celebrities themselves. In Collingwood’s Media Suite we set up the photoshoot for our little stars to dress up as their icons. TICE’s Katie Lee on hand to do the photography with Philippa Christie and Jo Birkett in wardrobe and make-up. Lottie Maddison was also back to help them create their Hollywood stars and hand prints… Tough job being a celebrity! Here’s Day 9.


Day 10: Our final day at Collingwood… but it did end cheery and we had a fantastic time with AAA Sports and the cheerleading session from Karen and Melissa. What an amazing couple of weeks with some true superstars… Here’s Day 10.

Interested in Fashion? TICE Summer Workshops Available.

Fashion TICE Summer

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Do you have an interest in fashion and textiles? This summer we are basing some of our fashion workshops in Whitley Bay Library. If you are between the ages of 13-18 years and would like to pick up some fashion industry knowledge and skills these one-day workshops are for you. Our specialist fashion and illustration mentors are highly qualified in giving hands-on drawing and illustration tips and tricks but also can give you real advice and guidance about entering the fashion industry or moving onto fashion courses.

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TICE Fashion Workshops

We have 4 workshops for you to gain some skills and knowledge in fashion, whether you interest is in drawing, illustration, general fashion knowledge on either the 7th, 12th, 19th or 26th August. You can do one or turn up for all 4, it’s entirely up to you.

What can you take away from the day?:

- More fashion drawing skills and media techniques.
- Fashion design skills and knowledge
- An insight into Fashion Trends and Forecasting.
- Advice and Guidance from qualified Fashion tutors and lecturers about portfolios and general fashion courses also fashion industry advice.

Who should sign up?:

- Anyone between the age of 13-18 years who has an interest in fashion.
- Anyone who enjoys fashion design and drawing.
- Anyone who wants more advice and guidance about moving into the fashion industry.


These workshops are mixed ability, even if you are a complete beginner or have some existing fashion knowledge and skills. Everyone will take something away from their day which will give more insight into the world of fashion.

How to book and pay:

Please Note:
*Please note: We do need minimum numbers to be reached for these workshops to go ahead. You will be notified as soon as possible if the workshops are cancelled and fully refunded. 
**Any questions or queries please email us
This is Creative Enterprise C.I.C (Company No: 8723462)
All TICE Mentors/Workshops are fully trained, CRB/DBS certified instructors, tutors, lecturers.
Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC Certificate Number): R1QB102812
UKPRN (UK Provider Reference Number): 10035240.

Music Students! Summer Workshops available to book NOW! #TICEsummer

Music Summer

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: A fantastic opportunity has come for all TICE music students (past & present) and also their musical friends (15-18yrs) to sign up for TICE Summer Workshops.  TICE Summer is a brand new feature of TICE which will stop you becoming bored throughout the holidays, have something to look forward to, but most importantly have one-to-one (or with your band) tuition with TICE Music Mentor Sam Burt AND in the world class facilities of the International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University. Interested?????…

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Of course you’re interested! It’s a fantastic opportunity to do one or more of the following:

- An existing band wanting to add finesse to their songs and make some professional recordings

- You have some rough ideas for songs but want to get help finishing them so you can confidently start playing live and getting some gigs

- You are a good musician but want to learn and explore a new area, such as music technology or develop skills on another instrument

- You want to develop your music business skills and learn how to set up your own record company or launch your own club night

- Be in world class facilities at the International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University

How to book?  

Now you need to be quick, there are limited places and it will be a first come first served basis. The dates you can choose from (or do all 3) are 23rd July, 30th July and 27th Aug. Here’s how to book and pay:

TICE Events page:

Any questions or queries please email us on:

This is Creative Enterprise C.I.C (Company No: 8723462)
Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC Certificate Number): R1QB102812
UKPRN (UK Provider Reference Number): 10035240. 

All Gold Stage Work with Project Briefs 2014

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The Final Show Program 2014 presenting all company sponsors and schools involved…Thank you everyone!

So, what a year! If you’d like to look at all our Gold Stage projects in the same place then here you are. For the Gold Stage 2014, we had 11 different projects going on over 3 days throughout May & June ready for our Final Show at Northumbria University. The areas we concentrated on this year, were Music, Fashion, Graphics, Film & Photography… take a look it’s nothing short of impressive! I promise…

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The Year 9 & 10 students from 5 North East schools (Longbenton Community College, Burnside Business & Enterprise College, All Saints College, Heaton Manor School & St Thomas More Catholic School) chose their project at the Pre-Gold Stage of the TICE programme at a short event back in April. Since then, each student has been given 3 days to complete their project challenge sponsored by a variety of companies. Below you can read the project briefs and also view the work from each and every student…enjoy!

Graphics Students Work:

Graphics Summer

Click here to view the ‘Summertime is here’ project.

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Click here to see the Music Artwork and Branding project.






Film Students Work:                                     Fashion Students Work:


Click here to watch the music video created by the film team 2014


Click to see more about the Fashion Design & Production project.







Fashion Students Work: 


Have a scan through all the creative writing and fantastic styled photos of our Fashion Journalism Team

Fashion treend

Fashion Trend and Design Students take on denim-wear for leading high-street supplier Visage.








Photography Students Work:


Some extremely lucky students got the opportunity to work with Newcastle United Football Club and youth organisation Newcastle United Foundation.


These students concentrated on Landscape and Wildlife Photography at the beautiful setting of Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens in Northumberland.








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Photography students who worked with The White T-Shirt Co to produce some fantastic studio shots for the ethical fashion company.


This music group wrote, produced and did a live performance of their song ‘Into the Night’… Have a listen!








Music Students Work:


Another of our music groups who also wrote, produced and did a live performance of their song ‘Go Back’… have a listen!








adobe-pdf-logoNow here’s all the project briefs the teams had to choose from, together with all the companies and educational institutions that supported them:


Project One – Graphics ‘Summertime is here’
Project Two – Graphics ‘Music Artwork & Branding’
Project One – Photography ‘Sports’
Project Two – Photography ‘Fashion’
Project Three – Photography ‘Landscape’
Project One – Music ‘The Next Big Thing’
Project One – Film ‘Music Video’
Project One – Fashion ‘Design & Production’
Project Two – Fashion ‘Trend & Design’
Project Three – Fashion ‘Journalism & Styling’


TICE Final Show 2014…Talent but also Concept #RANT

TICE final show 2014

On the 25th June, we celebrated our 5th year of the TICE programme at Northumbria University. Parents, TICE students (past & present), schools, mentors and project sponsors were welcomed to share the achievements of 105 students from 5 North East schools: Longbenton Community College, Burnside Business & Enterprise College, Heaton Manor School, St Thomas More Catholic School and All Saints College. Continue reading

Gill Rowe from Northumbria University

Gill Rowe from Northumbria University

Our Final Show is a major event in the TICE calendar, not only does it provide an audience an array of creative talent to be viewed and heard it also gives more schools and companies an opportunity to hear what TICE is all about. This year we had opening the show Gill Rowe, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Art, Design and Social Sciences from Northumbria University, not only did Gill welcome everyone to the university but also helped in supporting our cause by further highlighting issues and topics that TICE has been aiming to achieve.

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The Gallery showcasing Graphics, Photography, Fashion and Music Performances.

This year the aim was to tackle (my own quote) “the ridiculous notion of creative subjects being a soft option”. As I keenly discussed the fact that many (too many) students are discouraged from taking a creative subject such as photography, textiles and music as they are seen as too ‘vocational‘ for ‘intelligent‘ or more ‘academic‘ students. It seemed to strike a chord with many in the audience as many parents, students and company professionals came after my speech to relay their own stories and experiences. Possibly I was talking to the already converted but there were still quite a few that openly admitted they hadn’t thought of where their children could go onto if creative subjects were in their future. I may have had a small victory (hurrah).

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One of the performances by this years Music Team

As I continued to discuss it’s extremely hard work to get into schools to even discuss the endless possibilities this programme can cover. Yes, we have subject titles such as Fashion, Film, Music, Graphics etc… but some still fail to connect the dots to what else this programme includes, starting with… communication, digital technology, media, ICT, creative writing, project management, business studies… I can go on. Yes, all creative subjects which students will need access to if they are going to enter the largest most successful sector in the UK, yes you’ve guessed the Creative Industries.

I’m not going to preach too long this time, but there seriously needs some changes in the choices of subjects that young people are advised to take. Creativity is the core of ALL successful companies and organisations and if the ‘academic‘ or ‘intelligent‘ students are not made more aware of the importance of dealing with issues creatively or being put in charge of creative projects then we may be in a bit of trouble, yes push them towards the financial sector, obviously very clever sector which is deemed more acceptable and won’t lead this country into any difficulties… oh hang on (but don’t worry we’ll help you out and put a creative spin on it)…

Rant over… take a look at our Final Show photos:

The Final Show 2014


TICE Fashion Photographers meet The White T-Shirt Co. #ethics

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For this project, fashion photography meets fashion ethics… eight Year 9 and 10 students from Heaton Manor School and Longbenton Community College were given the opportunity to work with local ethical clothing company The White T-Shirt Co. The students mentored by Katie Lee, were challenged by the The White T-Shirt Co to showcase diversity in a campaign ‘Your White T-Shirt’. The photography students spent 3 days researching, preparing and shooting their individual looks to this brief… see how they did and what The White T-Shirt Co thought of their ideas.

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Fashion Photography Shoot

Students were based at Newcastle College with Models from Tyne Tees Model agency. Make-up Artists Josephine Birkett and Kerry Wallace-Smith with photography support from Penny Edwards.

The students who are Shauna-Louise Douglass, Saga Elghul, Megan Campbell, Brooke March, Amy Nicolson, Amy Withers, Sarah Eckford and Keri Wood had 3 days to prepare what their photoshoot would include, this meant make up and hair ideas, accessories that would inspires the style of the shoot.  The photography students needed to think about the feel of the shot, thinking back to the studio days on the Silver Stage and how lighting can change the feel of your image.  Would it be high key or low key, what mood did they want to evoke?

For this project we wanted a completely unique idea to present studio photography at its best, with The White T-Shirt Co agreeing to sponsor the project it really made a very special and a conceptual piece of work.

A quote from Penny of The White T-Shirt Co.:

I’m not sure who got more out of the project – the students or myself. When I first met the students I could see they already had a good grasp of the techniques required but what struck me was their enthusiasm and confidence in taking the brief and interpreting it in their own individual way. They arrived on the day of the shoot with a clear idea, necessary props and a willingness to listen to their TICE mentor to help turn their idea into great pictures. They came up with fresh, original ways of looking at our products – loved them and made us think! Penny Jones// Founder of The White T-Shirt Co.

Take a look at the results:

Fashion Photography Project - The White T-Shirt Co.

Project Sponsors – with special thanks to:

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Make-up artists: Kerry Wallace-Smith
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Penny Edwards –

A few photographs of their 3 training workshops:

Fashion Photography Workshops White T-Shirt Project 2014