Autumn Youth Engagement (YES) Creativity
We were very pleased to be funded to deliver a program of arts, crafts and British Sign Language for young people in Wolverhampton over the October Half Term school holidays 2023.
These sessions were funded by City of Wolverhampton Council as part of the Youth Engagement Strategy (#YES).
As our Christmas holiday HAF scheme will be in January, we also did some Christmas crafts!
Here's a quick snapshot of their brilliant work
Here's what the young people told us in their feedback
Paper based ‘thoughts of the day’
Result of the 'customer surveys'
It was an extremely busy summer! Our latest news is out - read all about what we've been doing and also about what's coming up.
We're working on some exciting projects: keep an www.facebook.com/MossleyCommunityConnections/ : Mossley Community Connections Facebook for a project we are starting in Walsall soon, October Half term activities with young people (link for families to sign up here: https://form.jotform.com/231053932879362 and a lovely Arts Council funded project with Wolverhampton based Sri Lankan artist Kanjana Nicholas. Exciting times!
We have been successful in securing funding from the Youth Engagement Strategy board in Wolverhampton to deliver a week of arts, crafts and BSL activities for all young people aged 8-16 (25 with an EHCP) living in Wolverhampton. The dates are: Monday 30th October to Friday 3rd November 10am - 2.30pm each day. See advert for details and you can book places for young people using the link below.
We're Stronger Together!
We were grateful to City of Wolverhampton Council and Department for Education, for funding our 2 week Summer HAF(Holidays Activities and Food) activity.
8-16 year olds (25 with an EHCP) participated in a wide variety of art activities and we included some BSL (British Sign Language) teaching too.
We also worked with our friends at Stratton Street Community Centre for 2 days of sessions. We made woodland creatures out of pine cones, deisgned ceramic tiles, totes bags and performed our original song ‘We Shine Together’ – in sign language! The children learnt all the signs to the song in one morning, and then performed in front of an audience – amazing. You can watch the video on YouTube (or scroll down to see it).
Feedback from our sessions was very positive. We've included young people's feedback and results of online surveys for the 2 weeks below.
Here is a snapshot of what they did in Week 1….
Giant Newsprint Mosaics
This is an effective and accessible way to make art very quickly. Instead of using paint we use magazines and newspapers to gather a palette of colours. Normally these are A4 size but we decided it would make a great day 1 activity to encourage team building and getting the young people to meet new people. The 2 designs with hands are from original artworks by our Deaf director Gary O'Dowd. The other 2 images are synonymous with Wolverhampton: the Man On The Horse and the Wolf face.
BSL (British Sign Language) and Ceramic tile art
Our Deaf role model and company director taught the young people some basic sign language and then played some games including BSL bingo. The afternoon session was a ceramic tile design session.
Superheroes and Affirmations
Our newest team member, the wonderful and vivacious Jen, led a fantastic session which encouraged the young people to channel their inner superhero! They made boxes in which they could place 'treasure' - reminders of why they are so fantastic on those days when they don't.
Drawing day incl Still Life studies
The young people did a range of drawings, using a variety of media to create superb artworks. In the afternoon they made still life drawings of fresh fruit and vegetables which they then took home.
Bark board art inspired by British Art Show 9
Michael Armitage, one of the British Art Show 9 exhibitors in Wolverhampton last year was the inspiration for this session. Our volunteer Wayne then led some drawings in a circle, with the assistance of one of the young people.
Here's what they did in Week 2
"Who do you think you are - Van Gogh?"
Yes! We used acrylic paints mixed with cornflour to replicate Vincent's impasto style. We love how these are all unique, despite being the same subject.
Clay print making and Negative drawings
This was done in the same way as linocut printing but instead of using lino we used clay because it's a softer material and you don't need dangerous sharp tools.
WE HAD A CARNIVAL!!
The lovely Jen led another session for us - this time she taught the young people (and us staff!) about the history of carnival and the various cultures that celebrate carnivals around the world. Then they crated fabulous masks, fans and headpieces. See our Facebook page for a video of their conga dance!
Qigong and dot drawings
Sue, a registered Qigong tutor, led a fabulous session of this gentle Chinese martial art movement technique. Then The children made wonderful dot paintings inspired by African / Aboriginal indigenous art.
RAW started originally as a final year project by Alex Vann. He wrote a book called 'Joseph The useful Cardboard Box' all about the uses of a discarded cardboard box. So...we had a cardboard ox day, why? Because children absolutely LOVE cardboard!!
Healthy Eating Activities
Part of the funding for HAF is about educating young people on healthy eating choices. We integrated this into our art activities, as well as the fresh fruit and veg still life drawings we did these....
RAW at Stratton Street Community Centre HAF 2023
We love working with our colleagues at Stratton Street Community Centre. We delivered 2 days of arts and BSL experiences. See their creations below and watch the video of our own song: 'We Shine Together' which includes some lyrics written by Gail, the manager of the Community Centre.
Views of the Young People
'THOUGHT OF THE DAY' slips
Survey Results - Week 1
Survey Results - Week 2
Quotes from the Young People
It was very amazing
Our latest newsletter - with a new look!
Welcome to the latest newsletter of RAW (Real Arts Workshops) with a fresh new look designed by one of our new team members :-)
If you view the attached PDF version of the newsletter (below_ in Adobe Reader, you will be able to click relevant web links to find out more information about a story - and our own website has many resources and information too.
Please do get in touch with any queries / feedback on any of the articles or if you think we can work with your organisation on some uplifting and engaging creative projects.
Alex and Gary and the rest of Team RAW
A Wave of Creativity!
We were delighted to receive HAF (Holidays Activities and Food) funding from City of Wolverhampton Council and Department for Education, to deliver 2 weeks of activities over the Easter Holidays. There were many other providers in and around the city too.
We worked with 8-16 year olds (18 with an EHCP) on a wide variety of creative projects and included some BSL (British Sign Language) teaching too and delivered our sessions from All Saints Action Network.
Feedback from the sessions was very positive. We've included young people's feedback and results of online surveys below.
Here is a snapshot of what they got up to:
Optical Illusion Drawings
Our volunteer Wayne led some 'Howard Lee' style optical illusion drawings on grid paper which the young people really loved. We connected a phone camera to a projector so that they could follow Wayne's drawing on screen.
Nature Art with Gary
Using leaves found outside, the young people made cards with acrylic paints
JMW Turner landscapes
Turner was the inspiration for this watercolour landscapes session. We think they look brilliant and atmospheric.
Hokusai meets Van Gogh!
This was our most ambitious ever large sectioned artwork. Each person had a square on which to create a section of a specially made reference image. The image is Hokusai's famous 'Great Wave of Kanagawa' print mixed with the background from Van Gogh's 'Starry Night'. The first painting influenced the second so it all made sense. We think the end result is spectacular.
Some amazing sculptures shown here. It's always nice to see new versions of our logo!
Elizabeth Catlett style 'negative' drawings
We looked at the work of African American artist Elizabeth Catlett and the young people created art in a new way: drawing white on black (instead of traditional black on white). Here are just a few examples:
Our volunteer Sarah led an Easter Card making session. The YP made a variety of brilliant designs, some shown here:
British Sign Language (BSL)
Our very own Deaf role model Gary taught the young people some conversational sign language so that if they ever meet a Deaf person they will know how to communicate and not run away!!
Tin Can Planters
We encouraged some healthy eating by decorating tin cans and filling them with soil and seeds. The YP took these away to look after and see the herbs growing at home!
The fabulous Lucy visited the from Custom Junkies and got the YP to create personalised caps and T-shirts. Amazing!
Cardboard Hogwarts Castle and Express
Everyone loves cardboard! On the final day of our project we took a load of cardboard and paints and some asked them to create the castle and locomotive from the Harry Potter stories. So much fun!
Some other artworks created by the YP, including some colour theory led by our volunteer Donna, graffiti lettering, jar designs and grid and dot drawings.
Results of Online Survey
“I think it was very cool to learn a new language that will help me communicate with others in the future and I hope I will learn more.”
Free activities for young people: Easter 2023 (FULL)
We are delighted to be funded by City of Wolverhampton Council and Department for Education to provide 2 weeks of FREE Art activities (not incl Bank Holidays) for eligible* young people in Wolverhampton.
Dates: MON 3rd–THUR 6th & TUES 11th–FRI 14th APRIL 2023
Please use the link below to book onto the RESERVE list.
Incredible Half Term Creativity
We were very pleased to be awarded funding for a week of creative activity in Wolverhampton, over February Half Term Holidays. The scheme is part of the wider #YES (Youth Engagement Strategy funded by City of Wolverhampton Council) offer across many providers in and around the city.
We worked with 8-16 year olds (18 with an EHCP) on a wide variety of creative projects and included some BSL (British Sign Language) teaching to boot.
We always respond to feedback we receive from young people and in October they told us they'd like to do some Surrealism. So we showed a presentation of what the art movement was all about, who the main artists were and what the lasting influence on our modern day art forms is. They created some fabulous Surreal works (see pics below)
British Sign Language
Gary, a deaf director of RAW delivered some British Sign Language including fingerspelling your name, basic 'meet and greet' signs and they played a few games of 'BSL Bingo' to make sure they'd learnt everything properly!
Charlie Chaplin montage
Because of the connection between Charlie Chaplin and Wolverhampton and that he was another influential multi talented artist, we delivered a short presentation about him and his work and the young people created this wonderful sectioned piece. They each took a square of the bigger picture and did it in their own way (example of magazine collage shown). When pieced together like a jigsaw, the picture comes into wonderful focus
Indigenous style dot drawings
Some beautiful and affective drawings done in an Aboriginal / African style
The young people made some amazing clay creations, including a delightful daffodil, a wonderful wave and mini replica of the Support Life wolf painted by RAW's director Alex Vann as part of the 'Wolves in Wolves' public art project in 2017.
Pop Art greetings cards and canvas tote bags
It's a wrap!!
Final Day: We've had a blast with the team, staff, volunteers and our hosts All Saints Action Network Ltd on our Feb Half term scheme supported by City of Wolverhampton Council’s #YES Youth Engagement Strategy.
Donna, one of our volunteers showed the young people her beautiful portrait painting which will soon be displayed in an exhibition at Newhampton Arts Centre
One of the young people brought in some cardboard sculpture with moving parts that he’d made at home.
Here's what the young people told us in their daily feedback forms:
I enjoyed today as it was a group project. Some of us challenged ourselves to get through it and we did!
RESULTS OF ONLINE SURVEYS COMPLETED BY THE YOUNG PEOPLE
When asked if they enjoyed taking part 100% said 'YES'
When asked if they learnt something new 100% said 'YES'
When asked if they felt more creative / inspired 100% said 'YES'
When asked if they'd like to attend RAW sessions again 100% said 'YES'
Comments from the online surveys:
They made me feel creative and I had fun and I normally don’t like drawing very much and I don’t normally get creative at school or home
Feb Half Term Arts, Crafts and BSL
**PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROJECT IS NOW FULL**
Please use the booking button to be added to our waiting list and future communications about our projects for young people.
We are delighted to have been funded by Wolverhampton Council's Youth Engagement Strategy Board for Feb Half Term Activities.
- FREE sessions for young people in Wolverhampton aged 8-16 (18 with an EHCP)
- High quality art materials and tuition provided
- Meet new friends and try something new!
- Previous art skills not necessary
- Packed lunch included
- Young people with SEND are welcome (please get in touch with us to discuss)
Click the button below to book your child(ren) on:
Could you be an ‘Arty Star’?
We are expanding our team of freelancers and volunteers to work on innovative seasonal projects throughout the year.
We are also keen to expand our team in non-client facing support roles.
See poster below:
Please see the relevant Job Description above for volunteer and freelance roles and complete the relevant application form and return via our 'upload file' function on the contact form or email (with your CV) to: RealArtsWorkshops@gmail.com
Or, call us/SMS/WhatsApp: 07882 685923
Please spread the word to people you think might be interested,
Alex, Gary and team.
Real Arts Workshops is an independent arts company based in the Black Country, providing bespoke workshops for various organisations and groups.