Innocence and expression is a BBC Children in Need funded programme designed specifically to encourage young people (aged 8-18) to build their confidence, make new friends and embrace their creative sides.
This project is run on alternate Saturdays from 2-4pm.
This is the 3rd year the Innocence and Expression project has been running. Some feedback from BBC Children in need: Through this project, the children have gained confidence and pride in the work achieved, better team skills which is evident from the collaborative pieces developed and have a more aspirational outlook thanks to positive reinforcement and praise, when often the children only hear negative messages.
New Innocence and Expression Programme began on the 9th May 2015.
There was an enrollment session on the first day of the project as well as a celebration of the success of the previous programmes.
On the 11th July, participants of the programme were taken to the Arboretum Park. The children were encouraged to connect with the nature surrounding the park by painting areas of the park using water colour technique. Afterwards, the children got a chance to explore the park and learn more about the history of it.
On 4th July, participants continued with their work on mosaics, fin tuning their skills and finishing off their artworks.
The session on the 20th June was based around Mosaic. Participants had the opportunity to create their own mosaic. Colorful tiles were used in different compositions and techniques to create a variety of artworks which each participant will be able to take home once complete.
Participants said the session was ‘really exciting’ and that they ‘feel proud of’ their work. Some feedback from the session also said that they ‘liked working in a group’ and that the session as a whole was ‘really fun’
On the 6th June 2015, the session was based exploring sculptures using the medium of sand casting. The children used toys as to create designs of different shape on paper, the transferred those designs into sand. Plaster was then poured on the imprint to create a negative sculpture of their design.
All of the children had a great time and we received good feedback for the session.
They said they were “excited, because it was the first time I have done anything like this” and “I feel proud of my work today”.
On 23rd May, a session for this project was held at Artcore. The particiating children worked in the medium of clay.
All the participants were quite unsure of the medium of clay and sculpture making, therefore they enjoyed learning something new whilst exploring the theme of hands in sculptures.
On Saturday the 9th May, A celebration and enrollment day marked the beginning of the third year of the Innocence and Expression Programme.
Participants viewed a short presentation depicting the progress of the programme so far, as a way of celebrating past participants’ achievements throughout the project and finding out more about the next programme.
This programme is looks at exploring 3D sculptures using a variety of mediums.