The Children as Designers Project - Art Projects for Schools

Hands-on learning about the design process


Raise children's awareness of design and raise funds for your school, with this fun, rewarding cross-curriculum design project.

The Children as Designers Project engages children in a consideration of all the design issues involved in the production of a ceramic mug, including shape, function, size, materials, handle and decoration. Children can learn a great deal from this single project that crosses many curriculum boundaries but focuses particularly on the design elements of art and technology, as defined by the National Curriculum.

Using a new dye-sublimation process we ensure that the mugs are of a high quality with a permanent, glossy finish which is also microwave and dishwasher friendly.

The Children as Designers Project is available all year round. Every teacher taking part will be provided with an inspirational Ideas & Techniques booklet to assist in creating thoughtful, imaginative and well executed designs.

If you have a school anniversary coming up this project is an ideal way to celebrate with the children designing their own commemorative mug.

From preliminary brainstorming to finished product, children will enjoy the process of creating a piece of functional art that can either be a treasured gift for parents and other relations, or taken home and used by the pupil themselves. If you have any queries, please call our experienced team of advisors on 0800 027 1939.

It couldn’t be easier to boost school funds

APFS offer two different sized mugs for parents to order from the same artwork; an adult's mug and a smaller child's mug, perfect for your little one's hands. Every mug purchased raises money for your school:

Small mug

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Large mug

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The suggested fundraising price can be adjusted by the school to increase the amount raised.

All prices include VAT.

The project process

What you need to do…

  • Request a FREE, no obligation sample pack by following the link below or call the office on 0800 027 1939
  • Complete and return the enclosed booking form, call us or follow the online booking link below to receive a FREE project pack containing everything you need to administer the project
  • Select a date for the collection / posting of your artworks


  • Children have a great time creating their designs. They take them home to their parents along with an order form, leaflet and letter. Parents return the artwork with the payment, and the school despatches it to us by FREE courier or free pre paid special delivery.
  • By an agreed date, which will usually represent approximately a two-three week turnaround, the finished items and the original artworks are returned, packed in classes ready for easy distribution.

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