West Surrey Area
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Young Arts 2014
The Young Arts Team
believes that encouraging young people to
participate in high quality artistic projects should be as much about
as it is about achievement. Some youngsters already have a
natural ability and we want to nurture those who have. For
others, we help to provide opportunities for them to discover the
pleasure and excitement of engaging with the arts and, we hope, to
unlock their innate creativity.
Over the years we have worked with children and teenagers throughout
the local area, as well as with local schools and youth groups.
no exception. Throughout the year, our society is proud to have
sponsored art-based activities for well over 200 children. So, here's
our Young Arts news!
|"Spartacus" comes to
St. Joseph's Specialist School and College
relationship with St. Joseph's Specialist School and
College is very important to us. We greatly admire the dedication
staff. There's always a buzz of creative activity in the art
and plenty to show for it. Cranleigh DFAS donations recently
the making of the life-sized deer, now stalking the nature trail in the
school's grounds. The learners were greatly involved in
metal components and it was they who chose his name - Spartacus!
Further funding contributed to other activities at St. Joseph's, such
this graffiti wall of saints. Again that creative buzz went into
when learners had great fun helping to transform the
Wall of Saints at St. Joseph's
dull, old brick wall
the art room
into a spray-painted
made a fitting
We returned to Wey House School, too, in 2014, where the outdoor
classroom was progressing well. The boys had really enjoyed the
metalwork sessions Cranleigh DFAS had funded the previous year,
when they helped to produce a really magnificent heron to "fish" in one
of the ponds. They were keen to make more creatures to inhabit
natural setting and decided that rabbits were just what was needed.
Under the sculptor's
guidance, a rabbit family was
created - each "bunny" in a
different pose - and all cut,
beaten and filed by the boys.
Rabbit Family at Wey House
Rabbit munching on a carrot before
hopping off into the "outdoor classroom"
Wey House School
The Young Arts Team's major
project for 2014 was undoubtedly the repeat of Year Five Face
Fun. It had proved so successful in 2013 that Cranleigh's three
state primary schools asked us to run it again. We were happy to
do so, because all the children involved had really enjoyed it and
produced some excellent self portraits.
The Year Five classes of 2014 clearly loved it just as much, producing
their own self portraits, during lesson time, with the aid of our packs
which included materials, instructions and information on self
portraits by famous artists.
Cranleigh DFAS was proud to
fully fund this project in which 143 local
children took part. The schools entered into the activity with
great enthusiasm. It was popular with the local community as
well, when all the artwork was exhibited in the Arts Centre for two
weeks in November.
Denise Topolski with
Face Fun winner
The exhibition culminated in a prize giving "party", when the children,
their families and teachers gathered together in the Arts Centre.
It was a busy, funfilled occasion, when prizes were awarded, goodies
were eaten and the press was on hand to record the event.
Speeches were kept to a minimum and Denise Topolski, a NADFAS trustee,
made the presentations. On parting each child received a book of
all 143 self portraits as a memento. It really was a memorable
and fitting end to our Young Arts
|The prize winners with
Jan and Pat,
Denise Topolski and John Baker
Of course, none of our
work would be possible without the generosity of
our membership and committee and for that we are very grateful.
Above all we would like to highlight the support given by our retiring
chairman, John Baker, who has been the driving force behind all our
society's Young Arts
The Young Arts Team:
Pat Morgan and Jan Fricker
Wendy Brownlee and Sue Pescodd