Artistic talent uncovered by alternative learning project
APROJECT to teach teens who struggle to learn in mainstream school has uncovered talented artists.
Project.INC encourages young people to explore learning through art and design.
Based at a studio at the Heritage Centre in Macclesfield, the programme tries to use the unusual ‘classroom’ setting to inspire its students.
One of its success stories is Will Litherland who discovered a talent for fashion.
Will, who has high functioning Asperger’s, is working towards getting his Art and Design GCSE this summer.
Will said: “Even though I have high functioning Asperger’s, attending Project.INC has helped me be a strong independent learner. I am proud of my progress and hope to inspire more autistic children to achieve more than expected.”
The programme is run by former textile teacher Lisa Alberti. She said: “After 15 years as a teacher I realised that there was need for an alternative approach for some students who struggle in a mainstream school.
“A key part of it is allow- ing students to work in alternative environments. The Heritage Centre is the perfect space.”
Will Litherland and textile teacher Lisa Alberti at Project.INC in Macclesfield