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Halloween at The Children’s Art School

Our Intermediate and senior groups really outshone themselves with this fantastic Halloween big draw!

Using themselves (by drawing around each other) they used light and dark to create these skeletal/ghostly figures:


Seniors started adding an accessory here and there!!



What a great project this has been! Building, painting, drawing, collaging and printing robots…

 Everyone has really loved it! Little Art Club made robots…

Painted robots..

and created dramatic backdrops for the robots..

Juniors made robots,

painted robots….

drew their robots….

created dramatic skies…

made a fabulous collage of their robots…

and created their own stamps to make these lovely prints.

Intermediates made robots….

Painted robots…..

drew their robots

and created these prints of their robots.

Seniors made robots…

drew from their robots…

and explored composition, perspective and light and dark to create these fantastic paintings..

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..



and have used printing techniques to create a train track…


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





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



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

Hope Bank project

“Wanted – your memories of Hope Bank Pleasure Grounds”

Family Open Day – Saturday 29th October 1pm-4pm

We have been working with Holme Valley Sharing Memories group to create a range of artworks to support their open day  inviting residents from the Holme Valley to share their memories of Hope Bank Pleasure Grounds near Honley.   


The event will give people an opportunity to find out more about the history of Hope Bank and bring any objects and stories along that might be of interest.  There will also be plenty of activities for younger members of the family including opportunities to dress up, drawing and puppet making.

Sharing Memories staff will be on hand to record anecdotes of interest and local film maker Gopal Dutta will be capturing people’s stories on camera.

The event is part of a project called ‘Pleasure Park Stories’, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Members of Sharing Memories, who are all in their 70s, 80s and 90s,  have been uncovering the history of Hope Bank and talking to other groups in the area about their memories of the pleasure grounds.

Hope Bank Pleasure Grounds was the brainchild of John William Mellor, a farmer who bought the land in 1895 and set about transforming what he called a ‘howling wilderness’ into a pleasure park.

By 1906 there was a merry-go-round and a miniature steam train and visitors paid a penny to go in plus extra for the rides.

At its peak, in 1948, the attraction drew crowds of up to 50,000, nearly five times the then population of Honley itself.

In the first two decades of the 20th century it was home to huge dances and brass band contests, some of which were reported to be very acrimonious. Churches and working men’s clubs organised special ‘chara’ trips to the grounds from all over Yorkshire, and trains and trams were used to transport visitors to Hope Bank for their day’s amusement. In winter the grounds opened for skaters to use the frozen ponds.

The pleasure grounds included two boating lakes, ornamental gardens and flower beds, a novel bicycle railway, a zoo, tea rooms, donkey rides, miniature railway, indoor roller skating rink a shooting gallery and many more attractions, including a helter-skelter.  Hope Bank finally closed in 1955 and Brook Motors, a factory which made electric motors, was built in its place.

Project Manager, Sally Brown, is keen to gather as many local anecdotes as possible:

“Because Hope Bank Pleasure Grounds was such a significant attraction in the area, of which virtually nothing remains, we want to capture the stories of people who remember visiting  either Hope Bank or other pleasure grounds from  their youth.

“Our group is based at Hope Bank Works so it seemed fitting to try and record the history of the place before it’s too late – many of the residents who have strong memories of Hope Bank are now in their late 80s and 90s.”

As part of the Open Day stories will be recorded and a short film will be made for next year’s Holmfirth Film Festival.  There are also plans to do a performance of some of the memories captured and produce an education pack for local schools.

Sharing Memories uses the arts, memories and life experiences as a spring board for projects with older people, schools and the wider community.   For further information about the group’s work go to www.sharingmemories.org.uk or call Sally Brown on 01484 968551

Creature Carnival Parade

WOW! What an amazing day!
We are so proud to have been a part of the Holmfirth Arts Festival Creature Carnival Parade..

The Children’s Art School provided the ‘Bird’ section of the parade- here they all are pre-parade but ready to go!!


Little Art Club and Juniors were ducklings hatching out of eggs:




Whilst their grown ups were brilliant as  parent ducks!




Our intermediate and senior groups were  jackdaws..



With seniors helping to create the 2 large jackdaw puppets..



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as well as this enormous and beautiful heron ( with a little help from the fabulous Handmade Parade of Hebden Bridge of course!)





Each group adopted their own special moves for the parade.. here’s the herons being herons…!


and here’s our Wednesday after school group in their amazing 3D ducks and masks…



I am so proud that we were a part of the parade. It gave our young artists a chance to show off their skills and to be an inherent part of a live creative event that was inclusive, exciting and spectacular. It drew people together in the most wonderful way and there was no-one who was involved (participant or spectator) that wasn’t blown away by it! I particularly loved how the usually self-conscious teenagers forgot to be embarrassed and were as swept up in the event as everyone else and were thrilled to get the opportunity to parade around the ring at the finale at Sands.

A big well done and thank you to everyone involved and for all our children, young people and parents who so willingly came on board and put in loads of hard work…

….see you there next year I hope!

(you can see a film of the parade here: https://www.facebook.com/HolmfirthEvents/videos/1035750379848170/ )





Tentacle-tastic Saturday

Drawing tentacles today has provided a great way for our children and  young people to explore creating the illusion of form using light and shade. The Intermediate group explored mixing tones…

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They also created a gorgeous big print using bubble wrap to create tentacle-textures!




Seniors continued to use charcoal and to develop our BIG drawing…


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Juniors used paint and collage to make a wonderful collaborative piece..

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Inspired by the sea theme of The Little Mermaid our current project is using octopus tentacles to teach how to use use light and shade to create the illusion of 3D..This is going to be a really fun project for all our groups and teach them really valuable drawing skills…



Our big drawing of a forest by the last school class to visit is changing into an underwater world…an octopuses garden! Our artists can apply their new skills to a large scale piece and make their tentacles weave in and out of our kelp forest..



Little Mermaid

All our artists have been making 3D props for a local pantomime production of The Little Mermaid:

Little Art Club and Saturday Juniors created Octopuses…

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And this gorgeous, enormous, 2D whale:


Whilst Intermediate and Juniors created  amazing 3D whales using just newspaper, masking tape and Kitchen roll:

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Everyone from our 2 year olds to our 16 year olds created papier mache fish to create a fabulous shoal of 50 colourful sea creatures:



Look at our BIG DRAW!

Look at what happened to our BIG DRAW!

The Children’s Art School event for the BIG DRAW started on September 30th… and went on for over 8 weeks! Here’s what happened:

Wednesday art club started it off by creating a wall by using pencils to make a rubbing of the wall beneath the paper.

Then they drew around each other to create trees:






Next was Little Art Clubs turn… Using drawing to create lovely printed textures and then ripping the drawings up to create feathers for owls who will live in the big drawing…



Then all the Saturday Art School groups got stuck in.. more trees, more owls, creating stick men with sticks and adding characters into the drawing ..



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Then the public came in and added what they wanted to…


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Then it was Tuesday Juniors turn to be trees..






THEN Upperthong school came to join in… and when they left the srawing looked like this:



THEN year 4 from Honley Juniors come to have a go.. and added brilliantly observed stick men…



and THEN Saturday Art School seniors decided to bring the stick men out of the drawing and made them 3D…

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and then we created  stick  men animations!:

…and Little Art club used the drawing as a backdrop to explore Where the Wild Things Are!


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FANTASTIC… a big draw thanks to everyone who contributed…it looks amazing!

colour and scale

How lovely to walk in to all this colour in the studio!I love it when our Art School children work BIG!


The large boards in this photo are work in progress by children aged between 9 and 12. Based on using the letters of HOPE BANK WORKS to create a composition and using colour theory to make them as eye catching as possible, the project has allowed the children to  explore scale, colour and space and  the physicality of painting.

Behind the boards you can see jungles made by Junior Art Club using paint, collage and monoprinting. Working on this scale has been perfect for engaging our young artists! A really physical activity!