Unity Day, Leeds

A great day full of energy and creativity at Unity Day in Hyde Park, Leeds.

Supporting University of Huddersfield and their Rotor project  we offered children and families the chance to get creative with cardboard  and  to visualise their community by drawing each other.

 

Thanks to the School of Art, Design and Architecture at University of Huddersfield for inviting us along!

Dragons at Castle Hill

The Dragon of Castle Hill

All our young artists at Byram Arcade have loved making  and creating dragons over the last few weeks!

Our Saturday Art School groups all contributed to creating this fantastic charcoal back drop…

The big 2d dragons were made collaboratively… and involved a lot of  splashing, pouring and dripping of paint…

as well as printing and collaging…

We made clay dragons

 

and dragon masks

dragon tails..

and some dragons were even snapped catching the lift in their wearable tractors!!

Then we took our dragons off the wall….

Little Art Club made an enormous orange dragon….

 

and a little green one too…

Junior Art Club worked brilliantly together to make a beautiful blue dragon…

They all looked great at Castle hill….

Of course we needed some knights to fight the dragons off….

and some of us made our own small pet dragons…which you can currently see perched on our window sills!!

Spring Half term workshop fun!

We had some lovely busy workshops this half term creating collaborative collages all about Huddersfield Parks  (the artworks are all ready to be used on the Parks departments new vans!)

Some lovely colour through printing brightened up our grey and wet half term! And everyone loved making bird masks..

…..we had some lovely painted jackdaws and waxwings. Look our for them around Huddersfield!

 

FREE Art Workshops at Huddersfield Art Gallery

Working with Huddersfield Art Gallery and  the University of Huddersfield we are excited to announce our first FREE Art Workshop as part of the Rotor series of exhibitions.

The first workshop for young people aged 11-16yrs is on Saturday January 14th 1-3pm at Huddersfield Art Gallery.
This workshops will explore the ‘ Migrations’ exhibition and facilitate drawing and making as a response to the art works.
This Workshop is FREE but booking is essential as places are limited.
Contact Chloe 07806334728 / thechildrensartschool@gmail.com

Migrations is an exhibition of textile pieces curated by Prof Jessica Hemmings and is part of the ROTOR exhibitions developed by Huddersfield University.

Byram Arcade

Byram Arcade, here we come!

Our 6 month residency at Byram Arcade, Huddersfield starts 23rd January 2017.

Read more about it here: http://www.examiner.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/new-art-school-children-open-12293529

This is the timetable:

Booking is essential.  It’s a half termly sign up (we follow the school terms). There are only 4 weeks in that first block. We ask for payment for the half term at the first session or it can be paid by BACS.

for more information click here

Holmfirth Christmas Parade

Another lovely project  for our children and young people- the Holmfith Christmas parade takes place on 26th November at 4.30 and will be shimmering and glittering with gorgeous icy crowns, Jack Frost masks and wonderful capes depicting wintery scenes.

The children and young people have embraced the opportunity to create sculpted wearables and to represent winter through shape, colour, form, imagery and surface.

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Our pre-school children relished painting on the cloaks and needed no direction to explore different ways of applying the paint:

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Whilst our Drawing for teenagers group made some fantastic drawings of the Jack Frost masks:

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Our 11-16yr olds took a range of approaches to painting their cloaks  abstract, patterned, traditional:

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A great project to unleash individual creativity but to also create a wonderful sense of joint purpose and common goals….  Can’t wait to see how the costumes will look when all the children and parents parade together through Holmfirth…look out for our Jack Frosts glowing eyes!

Huddersfield

The Children’s Art School is expanding into Huddersfield town centre bringing more opportunities for hands-on creativity to more children and young people in Kirklees.

We are very pleased to announce that we have secured funding from Kirklees Councils Arts in the Neighbourhood scheme for a 6 month residency in Huddersfield’s Byram Arcade starting in January 2017.

The organisation already provides art clubs and workshops for children and young people as well as creative days for school groups in their studios at Hope Bank Works, Honley.  ‘We aim to promote and provide high quality art education for children of all ages’ says Director Chloe Williams. ‘From our Little Art Club for 2-4 year olds to our Drawing Course for teenagers and adults we have art clubs and workshops for children and young people of all ages’.

The organisation became a registered charity in May 2015 and now has 70 children a week taking part in regular hands on, creative activities.

What did your children make with their hands today?

“We are committed to promoting the value of art education for developing innovative and creative thinking skills and for developing self-confidence and well-being in our children and young people. There is an increasing concern about the amount of time our children and young people spend on screens and how they are less and less connected to their physical world.’”

Chloe says she is concerned about the myth that art education is unimportant and has no purpose. “Art education is a crucial part in the ongoing success of our creative industries. The Children’s Art School aims to unlock children’s creative potential, practical capabilities and individual problem solving skills necessary for designing, making, innovation and manufacturing.”
Chloe stresses that Art Education is not about encouraging all children to become artists or designers (although the creative industries do generate £8 million per hour and is the fastest growing sector of the British economy) but is also about equipping children with creative thinking skills that will enable them to be successful in all areas of their lives and in any career.

The 6 month residency at Byram Arcade will focus on working with local children and young people from age 3-16yrs to create a range of 2D and 3D collaborative art works which explore the history, culture and visual environment of Huddersfield, a town shaped by the creative industries. Art works created will be exhibited in a variety of spaces around Huddersfield. Earlier this year the organisation was responsible for creating paintings which now hang along the river in Holmfirth and were part of the team that created the visually spectacular Holmfirth Arts Festival Creature Carnival Parade.

“We are really excited to be setting up a space in the beautiful Byram Arcade, where we are sure creativity will flourish.”

The clubs to be offered at Byram Arcade include Little Art Club (2-4year olds), Junior Art Club (5-7yr olds) Intermediate Art Club (9-11yr olds) and Senior Art Club (12-16year olds). Some clubs will be after school and some will be part of the Saturday Art School. There will also be workshops in the school holidays.

If you are interested in what The Children’s Art School can offer your children or if you want to book a place on one of their clubs you can contact us via email- thechildrensartschool@gmail.com or through social media at fb.com/artspace.holmfirth   or @artinholmfirth.

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Hope Bank Project

All our groups have been busy imagining what Hope Bank Pleasure Gardens must have looked like

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Little Art Club have created flowers for the garden and a train for visitors to ride in..

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and have used printing techniques to create a train track…

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Intermediates have been drawing carousels using charcoal and collaged characters into them

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While Seniors have created a huge backdrop showing the layout of Hope Bank pleasure gardens and created costumes to set the period..

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Join us on October 29th to find out more and imagine how it once was at Hope Bank.