Our Society aims to encourage an interest and enthusiasm for the arts in young people which will, it is to be hoped, last a lifetime. Young Arts works in two ways; through running workshops, visits, group activities or classes or by funding ‘one off” projects which might range from providing bursaries for individual students to financing group visits to galleries or museums. At a time when funding for the arts is under pressure in both schools and the wider community Young Arts can make a real contribution to the cultural experience of young people.
Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival 2019
As part of the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival, its governing body wanted to expand further into classical music education for young children aged 7-11 years. Its plan was to organise a series of workshops led by renowned musician and educator Sam Glazer.
Working with three primary schools, Peasmarsh, Rye and Beckley, three groups of 20-30 children were chosen. They worked with Sam Glazer and in one day workshops agreed a concept, wrote the lyrics and music for a song that they then learnt sufficiently well to perform with an orchestra.
The orchestra was the well known Aurora Orchestra. This accompanied the children with their songs as well as performing pieces by Mozart and Ravel.
Probably 95% of the children had never been to a live classical concert.
In total there was an audience of around 550 children and adults at what was an uplifting experience.
Young Arts was pleased to have been one of the funders for the event.
(A separate comment I heard about this was that the children sat on a wooden floor spellbound by the music and there was good interaction between the professional musicians and the children.)
Mosaic Panels in Cranbrook Primary School 2018
This school already had an existing wall display illustrating its values and it was decided that these could be expanded into a more permanent display of mosaic panels affixed to the wall of the school entrance. The children worked on this and finally produced the four mosaic panels, of which one is here enlarged.
These were veiled then officially unveiled on Friday 25 May 2018 by the Chairman of the Governors in the presence of the children, their teacher, the Chairman of our Society, Heather Parker and our Young Arts representative, Paul Chapman.
Mosaic Floor for Ticehurst Telephone Box Defibrillator 20017
In Ticehurst, East Sussex, in July 2017, a winning combination came together: the local council, children from the local primary school, Oliver Budd, an international mosaic artist and The Arts Society High Weald, to create a useful and artistic home for a village defibrillator.
The council purchased a telephone kiosk from BT for just £1, had it renovated by Ronnie Studholme, then purchased a defibrillator to go into the bright red kiosk.
The Arts Society High Weald sponsored children from the local primary school to design and create a stunning and individual mosaic floor for the kiosk with the help and guidance of international mosaic artist, Oliver Budd,who lives in a neighbouring village.
As proudly explained by the young artists themselves, the images represent their school badge with goat and tree! Their sense of ownership was palpable.
The photos show the floor itself, the opening day ceremony, our Chairman and Young Arts representative
In 2012 the High Weald Society worked with Year 9 students at Invicta Grammar School for girls, providing them with funding to buy oil paints. Due to the cost, students cannot usually experience this medium until they start GCSE work in Year 10. As part of the celebrations for the Queen’s Jubilee, the girls took part in a national competition to paint their own portraits of the Queen following a visit to The National Portrait Gallery exhibition. One of the students won a prize and has had her portrait painted. This Society was also able to fund two small bursaries to students who showed particular promise.
Here is a report from Benenden Primary School about their art workshop day in September 2013
“Our art workshop day in September, kindly sponsored by NADFAS was such a lovely beginning to a very busy term. Teresa Paiva from Wise Moves art workshops spent the day with us, working with every child in the school, from the oldest to the youngest, to plan and prepare a large triptych collage. The final destination for this collage will be display space in our new school hall, but for now, it will be proudly featured outside Mrs. Knox’s office.
The triptych is planned to incorporate images from Benenden Primary School, past and present, including children and teachers, layered with photos taken around the Green. We also hope that the children will be able to add images of their favourite parts of the school building so that when finished, the picture will represent many happy memories for our community.
Teresa worked with the children to teach them how to reproduce and layer images and arrange them to pleasing effect. The children have begun to assemble their pictures and to work on them with acrylic paint and other media. The plan is now to continue to assemble photos, maps, original artwork and to layer and collage until a scrap book effect is achieved. The sponsorship money from NADFAS has enabled the children to plan and work together as a team, working with an artist has enriched their curriculum and we will have a lasting artwork to take with us to the new school.
The children had lots to say about their art day :
‘I enjoyed putting glue on the photo of the old cricket team and rubbing it down’ Alice aged 8
‘The children really enjoyed doing it, it’s a nice thing to do. It’s not wasting school time and I would like to do it again’ Olivia aged 8
‘I traced a picture of the school as it is now’ Thomas aged 7
‘I enjoyed rolling paint onto the board. It was a good experience to do big art’ Lucy aged 8
‘I traced the sign for the big school. It was really hard to do but I got halfway through and then I could see the lines. It was really fun!’ Jessica aged 9
We will be proud to be able to display our art project to the community when it is completed and will naturally keep you informed of our progress. Thank you all once again for making all this possible. Without your kind sponsorship, we would not have had the funding to go ahead.”
If you are interested in helping to foster an interest in the arts with young people by offering suggestions for projects or practical help please get in touch.