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.
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
Oh, What a Year!
Click the PDF icon on the left to download a PDF version of the newsletter. When viewed in a Reader that supports links you can read more about some of the stories.
We've done a round-up of just a few of the projects we've been involved in this year, and hope you enjoy reading about how the Arts continue to have a profound effect on groups and individuals of all ages.
We look forward to seeing you in 2023.
Alex and Gary
Winter HAF 2022
We have put a slideshow together with some of the young peoples' creations....
We've been funded for Summer HAF!
We are delighted to have been funded to provided high quality arts crafts and BSL experiences for young people with HAF codes in Wolverhampton aged between 8-16 (up to 18 with an EHCP).
We are offering a varied programme of activities including: painting, drawing, clay, sign language learning and sign song, crafts, recycled art, cardboard sculpture, healthy eating education through art and much more.
We have many years' experience and are able to inspire young people to create unique art.
To register, please download and return the consent form below.
** EVENT FULLY BOOKED **
Get in touch for waiting list places
Thank you to all our partners, followers and liker's for sharing our Summer HAF project. We are now fully booked!! However if you are a parent / carer looking for arts activities, please get in touch as we have started a waiting list in case of drop outs or no shows and there is always the Youth Opportunities website which has many, many free of charge opportunities for young people with a HAF number (and also paid for activities). https://www.yowolves.co.uk/events
Amazing Art by young people - Wolverhampton Easter HAF 2022
Evidence shows that free holiday clubs can have a positive impact on children and young people, and
Aims of the HAF programme
As a result of this programme, the government wants children who attend this provision to:
These aims fit in with RAW’s own aims of:
We integrated healthy eating education into our daily activities such as designing Eatwell Posters, healthy eating tags to decorate a colourful and bright cardboard tree and planting herb seeds into decorated tin can planters.
As always, we were impressed with the creativity of the young people and the individuality of the artwork produced despite the materials and instructions provided being the same for everyone.
But don’t just take our word for it! Here are some photographs of their creations and examples what the young people told us in daily ‘Thought of the Day’ slips and weekly online surveys:
“The staff are very kind, they are great at making things enjoyable”
“I enjoyed being hands on and working with the others to make art”
“I enjoyed making something I could use and being able to express myself and my interests through art”
“Because I could do new things and make new friends”
‘Because it made me feel more creative”
“Because they were really fun, and it was nice to try something new”
“I enjoyed those particular activities because I found them challenging in some way and interesting which made me want to take part more in the activities. The staff are always there to help and give out the steps clearly to support us in every way”
[Parent view] It’s been superb. Everyone is very considerate about his needs. Very co-ordinated. He loves it. Everyone tried to support and help him. Many thanks.”
“I enjoyed them because they were creative and artistic”
“I really enjoyed painting and designing the trees in collaboration with everyone else.”
"I found using watercolours very relaxing."
“Today I had lots of fun - yay!!”
“I liked making cards and making tins. I feel very excited for tomorrow.”
“I have enjoyed today, even though it was my first day. I enjoyed making friends and doing water[colour] painting. I enjoyed everything and I am so glad I came.”
“I enjoyed today because I love art and we did lots of art that I haven’t done before.”
Trying out something new. Learning new skills. Experimenting with new ideas. Doing things for the first time. Making new friends.
Being challenged by the materials and projects and enjoying that challenge. Doing things that they don’t get to do elsewhere.
BEING ENGAGED IN REWARDING ACTIVITY
Getting out of the house. Working in a group. Sharing experiences. Doing art as an activity that combats boredom and being sedentary.
FEELINGS of WELLBEING
Having fun. Feeling safe. Feeling excited. Feeling happy. Feeling included. Feeling supported. Feeling calm.
Making new friends; working in a group; working with others to make art; collaboration.
Our Summer Programme for City of Wolverhampton Council
We designed and delivered a wide variety of art and craft activities for young people 10-16 and were totally blown away by the quality of work.
A few photos...
A few more photos...!
Your New Normal. My Normal
Pom-Poms 4 Loneliness
Pom-Poms 4 Loneliness is dedicated to the distribution of home made pom poms in and around the Black Country. Each pom-pom represents a lonely or isolated person and by 'Pom-Bombing' they raise awareness about the situation that can face anyone. Our young people spent a day making pom-poms which they donated to the cause!
Yet more pics....!
Special thanks to our volunteers Wayne, Sarah, Rachel, Sandra and Olivia who made this all possible, and our BSL interpreters Mad and Jemma
- Portraits with a Difference
- 3D masks
- Paper Bouquets
- Abstract Art
- Milk Bottle Bird Feeders
- cardboard 'Wolves in Wolves' sculptures
- BSL Bingo
- Clay modelling
- Jar decorating
- Paper Quilling
- Aboriginal art
- Trees of Hope
- Pop Art
- Salt painting
Real Arts Workshops is an independent arts company based in the Black Country, providing bespoke workshops for various organisations and groups.
African Dot Painting
Animals In Art
Arts Council England
Arts For Wellbeing
Arts In Education
Art With Adults
Birmingham Arts Schools
British Art Show 9
British Deaf Association
British Sign Language
Canal And River Trust
Canvas Tote Bags
Changing Our Lives
Choir With No Name
City Of Wolverhampton Council
Creative Black Country
Creativity After Covid
Deaf Learning Base
Deaf Roots And Pride
Department For Education
Easter HAF 2022
Feb Half Term
February Half Term 2022
Free Art Activities
Green Park School
Half Term Activities
Learning Sign Language
Let Us Play
Light House Media Centre
Lubugo Bark Cloth
Lyng Community Association
Mayor Of Wolverhampton
Mental Well Being
Mossley Big Local
My Home My Mossley
Northfield Road Primary School
October Half Term Activities
Penn Climate Action
Penn Climate Action Group
Percy Shurmer Academy
Plastic Free July
Sarah's Sparkly Crafts
School Art Project
Single Use Plastic
Spring Vale School
Strategies For Doing Art With Disabled Adults
Stratton Street Community Centre
Tales Of Mossley
The Big Link Up Art Project
The Hub At Ashmore Park
The Smiley Dudes
The Stem Workshop
The Way Youth Zone
Thorns Collegiate Academy
Tonia Daley Campbell
Tree Of Hope
University Of Wolverhampton
Virtual Art Workshops
Winter HAF 2022
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Wolverhampton City Council
Wolves In Wolves
Your New Normal. My Normal
Youth Engagement Strategy