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THE ARTS SOCIETY
WEST GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Young Arts

Our programme aims to support arts projects for local young people. Currently we are focusing on working with Gloucester primary schools where there are many children with special needs.

This is funded by the profits from a raffle held at every lecture

2020

Clay work projest at Innsworth Infants School

We have funded a project for the children to work with a potter to create decorated clay bird tiles to represent their classes. All children have worked with clay and produced elements of the tiles, which have now been installed outside their classrooms.

2019

Ukuleles at Innsworth Junior School

This year we have purchased a class set of ukuleles for Innsworth Junior School. All pupils will have an opportunity to learn the instrument in class lessons. The children are showing great enthusiam and enjoyment and were able to perform two pieces at a performing arts festival at the school.

 

2012-2017

In November 2012 Longlevens Infants school spent several session at Nature in Art supported by Our Young Arts programme. The project was based on Vincent van Gogh paintings, ‘Starry Night’ inspired a painting composed of 36 individual panels.

The children used van Gogh’s many paintings of sunflowers to produce a large sculpture (see Home page). Fir cones were used to make the seed heads at the centre.

The exhibition was opened at the end of November with children, teachers and parents at the ceremony, and continued through much of December

After various delays with projects for which the society has had the money to support, 2014 saw a very successful project at Staunton and Corse C of E Academy. This involved every pupil contributing to making a willow arch with the society paying for the materials and the expertise of a willow artist Helen Lomberg

This was followed by a productive association with ‘Nature in Art‘ at Twigworth. Committee member Wendy Davies met the education officer and three half-day sessions were arranged for three different Special Needs schools ( Battledown Centre, Alderman Knight and Milestones). They were taught wire sculpture, or did some pond dipping and younger children made ‘bear dens’.

In the past the fund has paid for:

  • a primary school bus trip to a museum
  • the materials for silk screen printing at another local primary school
  • the materials for a mosaic pavement next to the playground at a third local primary school.