Wanted posters for Holmfirth Arts Festival

Wanted posters for Holmfirth Arts Festival…

look out for them around Holmfirth during the Arts Festival

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Our Senior Art Clubs and the Arts Award students have been busy drawing mug-shots of the dastardly Holmfirth boggard to be used in Wanted posters for the Holmfirth Arts Festival.


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Using charcoal and rubbers and exploring light and shade the students drew from their puppets to create mug-shots…

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Using coffee stained paper as a background the students attached their drawings and used hand made stamps to print the word ‘WANTED’ ‘REWARD’ and ‘BOGGARD’

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Know someone who would love to make one of these posters?

Workshops are on June 14th at Back Lane Artspace. For more information and to book click on this link:


Holmfirth Arts Festival project update

Holmfirth Arts Festival….project update

Only a few days to go before the start of the Holmfirth Arts Festival so here’s a sneaky preview of the Jenny Greenteeth and Boggard puppets hanging in the Owd Towser…



Come and see it all finished and hear the amazing soundtrack …

soundtrack and puppets created by the children from

Scholes School, Farnley Tyas School, Netherthong School, Upperthong School, Holmfirth JI and N School and The Children’s Art School.

Opening times are

Friday 12 June 4pm – 6pm

Saturday 13 June: 1pm – 4pm

Sunday 14 June: 9.30am – 2pm

Friday 19 June: 4pm – 6pm

Saturday 20 June: 10am – 4pm with a special free performance from 12.30pm – 1.30pm – see below

Sunday 21 June: 1pm – 4pm

On Saturday 20 June, from 1.30pm – 2.30pm, the installation will be brought to life with a performance based on poetry written during the project, with performance poet Victoria and Charlotte on cello. There will be opportunities for audience participation with percussion, voices and even some dressing up. Please join us!


our aims

Welcome to The Children’s Art School!
I am thrilled to be able to announce that The Children’s Art School is now a charitable organisation. This means we can really start to get serious about promoting the value of art education for children and young people.

The aims of The Children’s Art School are

  • to promote arts education as a tool to develop  creative and innovative thinking
  • To promote arts activities to support child development and well-being

A good place to start when trying to explain the value of art education is by asking ‘what does art do that maths doesn’t?’  Here are some answers:

art teaches you to make your own decisions
art teaches you to consider alternative solutions
art teaches you that mistakes can be opportunities
art teaches you to take risks
art promotes curiosity
art teaches reflective thinking
art develops problem-solving skills
art allows you to be yourself
art facilitates a sense of achievement and well-being

Creativity is crucial for our childrens futures. In order to meet the challenges that they will be faced with they will need to be INNOVATIVE. They will need to be good at PROBLEM-SOLVING and at looking for ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS. They will need to have the confidence to think their own thoughts and make their own decisions.
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 fastets growing sector of the British economy) It is about equiping children with skills that will enable them to be successful in all areas of their lives.

We are also faced with the challenge of an increasingly digital world. And yet, for young children, the opportunity to explore the physicality of the world around them is understood to be crucial. Art education for young children offers:
engagement with the physical world
exploration of materials
learning through doing
development of fine motor skills
development of communication skills
development of problem solving.

Art education allows children to experiment, to find things out for themselves, to make their own decisions and to have the confidence to take risks. Quite simply art can teach children to be  innovative.

The Children’s Art School.  Registered Charity: 1161225  

Holmfirth Arts Festival




This project sees 200 local children imagining local folklore characters, Jenny greenteeth and the Holmfirth boggard.



Artist Chloe Williams,  musician Charlotte Watson and poet Victoria Garbutt have  worked with 5 local schools and children at The Children’s Art School to create 200 puppet heads and to write and record chants and rhythms to create an installation in Homfirth’s old prison- the’Owd Towser.

The children were introduced to Jenny Greenteeth through a poem written by Victoria Garbutt..


and to the Holmfirth Boggard through this film by Philip Lofas, created for the first Holmfirth Film Festival,

The Children imagined and created puppets using screwed up newspaper and masking tape







Inspired by  Charlottes beautiful cello soundscapes and Victorias poetry the children explored words and rhythms to describe their puppets


Chants and rhythms were recorded to be used as part of the final installation.


Look out for these hideous naughty characters incarcerated in the Owd Towser throughout the Holmfirth Arts Festival.

And you can catch Charlotte and Victoria performing live music and poetry on Sunday 21st June