We've had an extremely busy Summer!
We were delighted to be able to work on several projects during the Summer holidays of 2022.
In week 1 we worked with WV10 Consortium and in particular the 'Arty Garden' Project at Stratton Street Community Centre.
Weeks 2-5 we were delivering our own Summer HAF project funded by City of Wolverhampton Council and Department for Education at All Saints Action Network.
In week 6 we worked with Wolverhampton Social Prescribing service on a range of activities for young people aged 13-17.
Read the full details for each project below:
Week 1: The 'Arty Garden' Project at Stratton Street Community Centre
We love working with other organisations and this Summer had the pleasure of working with WV10 Consortium and in particular one of their member organisations, Stratton Street Community Centre. They do so much for the local community that is was great to be able to help make their ‘secret garden’ even more inviting by tidying up the space, painting a mural on the outside fence, decorating the inside panels with recycled bottle flowers and upcycling old furniture and tyres to make a colourful and vibrant environment.
Why not visit the Community centre and take your own 'Butterfly Selfie' to share on social media :-)
Weeks 2-5 : Summer HAF activities
We were grateful to receive a HAF (Holidays Activities and Food) grant from City of Wolverhampton Council and Department for Education to provide 4 weeks of activities for eligible young people.
We provided them with a wide range of enrichment activities that included visual arts, activities linked to healthy eating, learning new skills, trying something new and learning from visiting artists.
Here are just a few photos:
Drawing and Painting
Sign Song: 'We Shine Together'.
Watch the video of the YP performing the song in sign language:
Andy Warhol's 'Campbell's New England Clam Chowder Soup'
British Art Show 9 Activities
African / British artist Michael Armitage was one of the artists exhibiting at British Art Show in Wolverhampton earlier in the year 2022. His style inspired the following artworks.
British Sign Language (BSL) Learning with Gary
Our very own Deaf role model Gary O'Dowd taught the young people some basic of sign language and included some Healthy food options vocabulary as part of the requirement of the HAF funding.
At the start of our project the young people creating a 6ft cardboard wolf, decorated with their own drawings and paintings and with a recycling box at the base to encourage people to do their bit for the environment.
Later in the project they made models of Wolverhampton landmarks - they are brilliant!
Crafts and Clay Modelling
A variety of creations using clay, papers, pots and ceramic tiles. Also, some sun prints using special photosensitive Cyanotype papers.
One of the important things we do is introduce young people to practising professional artists. This summer we were lucky to have 3 people show them their work. Lewis a recent graduate in graphic design, Donna a painter and drawer who led a fab colour mixing theory workshop and Rhianna, a young person herself who showed her small business making polymer clay bracelet charms and her journey on RAW sessions which led to being exhibited at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
One of the young people made his own board game at home during our programme and brought it in and shared that with the group too. :-)
Feedback from the young people
Headlines from online surveys:
This was the best day ever!
Week 6: Social Prescribing / Thriving Communities art project
What an amazingly creative group of young people aged 13-17!
From the first day making a cardboard tree in sections that reflect the seasons of the year to making models of Wolverhampton Art Gallery of the Future, they impressed us (and the gallery) with their skills and ideas.
Just look at what they did....
Watch the video of 'Art Galleries of the Future.'
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
We [Real Arts Workshops] were delighted to be awarded a grant from City of Wolverhampton Council to deliver 2 weeks of art, craft and BSL (British Sign Language) experiences for young people in Wolverhampton over Easter school holidays 2022. The HAF (Holidays Activities and Food) Programme was rolled out by the government in 2021 and provides free holiday provision including healthy food and enriching activities for low-income households.
We worked with some children who have additional needs and were able to adapt our activities to make them accessible. Having Deaf staff and staff with mobility issues shows young people that adversity can be overcome, and a sense of achievement is 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”
Looking at the the feedback received from the young people our work falls into these categories:
DOING SOMETHING NEW
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.
Free* activities for families registered for HAF in Wolverhampton
We are delighted to announce that we are providing free (*HAF funded) Art, Craft and BSL experiences to young people aged 10-16 in Wolverhampton over Easter Holidays (see the poster above for details).
To qualify for our sessions, families must have already registered with City of Wolverhampton Council for HAF scheme and have an email or letter with a barcode that we can scan at our sessions.
Download a consent form (below); or call/tx/WA 07882 685923.
Thank you, Alex and Gary
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Real Arts Workshops is an independent arts company based in the Black Country, providing bespoke workshops for various organisations and groups.