CDFAS YOUNG ARTS
The first secondary school to take up the offer was Hope Valley College. The HVC Art Department decided to take their students to an innovative centre in Manchester called ‘The Factory’, where successful commercial artists provide a glimpse of their working practices to visiting groups.
Following a tour of the on-site gallery, the students were treated to a workshop led by Jennifer Collier; a ceramics and jewellery artist. Jennifer gave an insight into her seventeen years of developing and running a successful commercial art-based business and working with galleries. She then worked with the students on various practical art techniques, including wax entrapment, multiple use of preprinted materials, and fusing plastics.
From reports, this visit was a very worthwhile and inspiring experience for all the students and staff involved. They enjoyed the business discussion and workshop enormously, and will use the techniques learnt in their future work.
Buxton Community School Art Department decided to use the grant to take their ninety-two GCSE pupils to the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester. The students focused on Andy Warhol, Idris Khan, and the ‘Faces’ exhibition that is on show until February. The visit was a great success and the students were inspired by experiencing the amazing artworks first hand.
Michael Moore, the Head of Art at Buxton Community School, explained that a large component of their GCSE course is based on research and investigation. He was keen to emphasise how important an opportunity such as this had been for his students, not only academically for their qualification, but also in a developmental sense, as many of his students aim to take Art as a subject at a higher level: "On behalf of the school and the students you have helped, thank you for your generosity" (Michael Moore).
Jan Hardy - Young Arts Co-ordinator
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The aim of the project is to assist the pupils of the very smallest village primary schools to develop an interest in art by employing a professional artist to work in school for a whole day and then display the work in a public exhibition in Buxton, with launch evening etc.
If you think you could help with this very worthwhile venture please contact JAN HARDY on 01433 670370 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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