Christmas Half Term Activities are 'educational and fun'
Real Arts Workshops (RAW) were pleased to be awarded a grant from City of Wolverhampton Council to deliver arts, crafts and BSL activities over Christmas Half Term. The funding is from Department for Education for young people who are eligible for the HAF (Holidays Activities and Food) programme.
Alex Vann, a director of RAW said: “This funding required RAW to incorporate some education about healthy food choices for young people and we did this in various creative ways such as still life drawing, poster design and decorating pots containing fruit and water. We worked with a fantastic group of young people aged 10-16, some with very complex needs so we needed to ensure our activities were engaging and fun as well as educational.”
Here's what the young people told us:
We are delighted to be able to offer 4 days of free workshops to 10-16s who are eligible for the HAF (Holiday Activities and Food) funding in Wolverhampton over the Winter Holidays in December.
We are running the sessions on Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st, Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th of December (no session on Wednesday 22nd of December), a mix of art, craft and British Sign Language. Please scroll down the home page to learn about the benefits of these types of activities.
See the poster below for more information.
Places are limited to please get in touch today to reserve your place(s).
Either send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or text / call / WhatsApp: 07882 685923.
Alternatively, click to download the consent form below and complete and return it to us to the above email address.
Changing Our Lives Art Exhibition
This is an amazingly proud moment for RAW today. One of the young artists on our Summer 2020 Activities saw her paintings for the Changing Our Lives project, artworks created by young people during lockdown, launched in an exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
She got to meet the Wolverhampton Mayor Greg Brackenbridge who took the time to listen to the young people talking about their work and also see the amazing exhibition by the Wolverhampton Society of Artists in the adjacent rooms and talk to adults about their careers in art.
To see her journey starting at such a young age is heartwarming. Please try and get to the exhibitions which end on 5th December.
Welcome to the latest newsletter of RAW (Real Arts Workshops).
We showcase all the work we did over a very busy Summer, some recycled arts projects, our involvement in Wolverhampton Learning Platforms 'Covid Champions' project and a poster for our newest project funded by Arts Council Englands #ThrivingCommunitiesFund. We still have places available for 13-17 year olds in Wolverhampton so please spread the word!
If you view the attached PDF version of the newsletter in Adobe Reader, you will be able to click relevant web links - and our own website has many resources and information too. The preview image is below.
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.
Thank you and stay safe,
Alex, Gary and the team.
We were delighted to get funding support from the City of Wolverhampton to provide online art and craft activities for young people aged 10-16 as part of their February Half Term #WVVirtualSquad offer.
We did a wide variety of accessible activities that saw them creating 3D cardboard sculpture, air dry clay modelling, origami paper crafts, drawings, paintings, T-shirt designs, and pop art landscapes among many other creative things.
There were sessions every day of the holidays and we provided 3 extra sessions in the evenings for 13-16 year olds, who learnt about more advanced art techniques. Art packs were made up and delivered to families in the week before the live sessions. These included all the resources required to do the projects together with a step by step workbook about each art challenge for those who weren’t able to join all the live sessions.
Photo Gallery of work created
Alex Vann from RAW said: “We had a really great time leading this project and hope to do similar sessions in future as we consider the Arts to be beneficial in many ways and especially during times of lockdown”.
What the Young People said:
MONDAY 15th Feb
We were pleased to be commissioned by City of Wolverhampton Council to deliver innovative art sessions over October Half Term to young people aged 10-16 who live in the city as part of the #WVVirtualSquad offer. These had to be run differently from our Summer sessions, when face to face sessions were possible, because of the second national lockdown.
Having already delivered many virtual art session to adults and to Deaf groups using the video conference apps: Zoom and MS Teams, and organising delivery of individual ‘art packs’ it was a case of using that experience to put a programme of Arts activity and learning materials together that not only encouraged fun but also stretched abilities and knowledge. As well as daytime activities aimed at younger children, we delivered evening sessions of more advanced art techniques for teenagers and made use of the ‘RAW CAM’ – a separate ‘spotlighted’ device aimed at an art demonstration piece.
'Zoom' screen shots
As you can see, the quality of work the young people created is amazing. Well done!
Here's what the young people said:
Thank you for all your hard work and effort . I have really enjoyed this and will definitely be back to join you guys again !!!! I had a wonderful half term being part if Real art club x. Thanks again to you all!!!! 🎃🤗🤗🤗
Alex Vann is an all round creative. He formed RAW in 1997 out of a University project and restarted it in 2018 after working as a graphic designer for agencies and in-house for many years.