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Artcore initially began working with 5 Schools and 240 children on a yearlong art journey incorporating Arts Award Discover. Each school had practice workshops and then were invited to take part in the Childrens Garba in Derby Market Place as part of Derby Festé 2017. Each School visited Déda to see the Bridge the Gap Exhibition, by Artists Victoria Brown and Nikki Dennett, inspired by the 70th Anniversary of Indian Independence. The children learnt about the techniques that each artist had used and their inspirations and responded by making sketches of what had individually inspired them in their Arts Award logbooks.

During the Spring/Summer 2018 terms we went out into our partner schools and delivered the remaining enrichment activities in schools, including art workshops and a visit to Artcore to see Stand Up!, an exhibition for International Women’s Day. The workshops all produced high quality outcomes which we were able to share in a professional gallery exhibition at Artcore. The visit to Artcore enabled them to ask questions about an art space and the theme of the exhibition.

The children doing the Visual Art journey came to see their own canvases hung in the gallery in a celebration exhibition, this was a unique experience and the children grew in confidence when they saw their own work hung on the walls of a professional gallery. When we told the children that they were all ‘Exhibiting Artists’, some of them visibly grew taller! The exhibition had its own poster and was open to the public each day, during these visits the children also had talks about careers in the creative industries from two artists, one photographer and one sculpture/3D Artist. The children had the chance to ask questions to artists during their visit and see how art can be a creative journey beyond School.

The theme that we launched the initial project with proved to be very inspiring. The children really responded well the work of Victoria and Nikki the art sessions with creative sessions based around ideas such as peacock lace and yoga/lotus flowers. The children that we have engaged with really benefitted from their arts experiences, with high quality outcomes being produced in relatively short periods of time. The children had access to a wide range of arts experiences and had the chance to respond creatively to the themes presented in work that they have seen/experienced. They have worked with inspiring practitioners who have generously shared their passion for the arts and their skills and expertise with the children and with their teachers.

 

“The children loved the session and I was really impressed with the standard of the session! All of the artwork the children produced really surprised me (in a good way). I think they were very appreciative of being able to use good quality art resources, of which they do not always get the opportunity to, and to be taught by ‘real’ artists.”

“The children are so lucky to have such a great experience”

“The children loved the session and I was really impressed with the standard of the session! All of the artwork the children produced really surprised me (in a good way). I think they were very appreciative of being able to use good quality art resources, of which they do not always get the opportunity to, and to be taught by ‘real’ artists.”


Quotes from children:

“It made me aware of what art forms and activities are available”

“I learnt you don’t have to use paint for art, you can use all different materials”

“It was good to have a new experience”

“It feels good to see my work up in an exhibition because people may look at it”

“I felt proud”

“I feel amazed because it’s the first time I’ve had something up on the wall and so people can see it”

“How am I going to celebrate? …Make more Art!”

“Art is more fun than I thought it was. It can be anything.”

“I got a new toy as a reward because my parents never had a piece of art in a public exhibition and are proud of me”

“I feel fantastic because everyone can see my art”

“I’ve learnt that art is super fun!”

“Congrats to me! I’m going to draw art to celebrate!”

“I learnt you don’t need to be good at art, you can just be creative!”

“It makes me feel ambitious”

“I learnt to just have fun and everything is art no matter what”

“I love doing art and I always remember art is everywhere”

“I’m going to celebrate by enjoying art with my friends”

“I learnt that art is in many forms and how to create different arts”

“I feel inspired by other people’s work”

“It makes me feel happy because of the beautiful art”


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