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“Sam Thompson added this to his evaluation of the day.

“This course was the best experience of inset I have ever had. John is full of useful ideas and observations – he is the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic deliverer I have ever encountered in my teaching career.”.

“hands-on” workshops are aimed at teachers with limited knowledge of stage lighting or those who want to refresh forgotten skills, Key stages 3, 4, and post 16. Also relevant for technicians and anyone involved with the performing arts.




Course details

Course Title

Inset Training “Hands on” Stage Lighting Workshop.

Relevant for teachers, lecturers and course leaders teaching:

  • Key Stage 3 & 4.
  • GCSE
  • A-Level
  • BTEC
  • Performing Arts and Multimedia
  • Technicians

Also relevant if you teach younger pupils and want to learn how to get the best from your lighting or for that matter anyone connected with presentation.

Target group

Teachers who want to extend their basic knowledge of stage lighting for use in the classroom. Also relevant for technicians and anyone involved with the performing arts.

Description of the course

This innovative workshop led by John Watson uses a 2m tall, 2.5m wide model stage based on Covent Garden Opera House, built from scenery flats and constructed by the delegates, with fly bars, sets and lighting equipment.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Extend technical knowledge of stage lighting and lighting design
  • Working with acting areas of light
  • How to work with gauzes
  • Use of key light and colour
  • Explore the use of different types of stage lights (hands on with real lights)
  • Operate lighting control desks
  • Take a look at the new LED lighting
  • Latest developments in theatre lighting relevant to school use
  • Health and safety

Participants will learn how to:

  • Get the best from their school lighting system
  • Plug up dimmers and then use the control desks.
  • Choose the right equipment, what to use where
  • How to choose lighting for their school system or production

Personal Qualities developed by the course are:

  • Greater confidence in using lighting in their teaching
  • A clear understanding of health and safety issues
  • Better knowledge of special effects for use in school productions

Course content and methodology

  • Practical “hands-on” workshop
  • Demonstration of different lighting effects through the use of a large model theatre, which is constructed on the day as part of the workshop
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Surgery sessions on participants’ own set up and forthcoming production issues

Intended impact on practice

  • Improved teaching of the technical elements of exam courses
  • Extending the curriculum to include technical units

Course pre-requisites

  • This course is aimed at teachers with limited knowledge of stage lighting or those who want to refresh forgotten skills.

Participants should bring

  • Bring any questions about their own school lighting system
  • Come dressed for the practical work as part of the day is constructing the model theatre complete with flats, backdrops and gauzes

Tip. You may able to use your health and safety fund to attend this course

Other Information

A teachers’ handbook is given out to all delegates.

If you would like to attend an inset day, or if your school would like to host one for your staff and maybe other schools in your area, or if you have another enquiry, please contact John Watson at Creative Lighting Design.

Information on how to contact John can be found on the Contact Us page.

We can also give you training on your equipment and teach you how to get the best from it.

The workshop was nominated for the “Education Resources Awards “Innovative Workshop of the Year”. Nomination was made by the City Learning Centre Sheldon Heath Birmingham.