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.
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:
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....
From Pumpkins to Pop Art!
Our team delivered a wide variety of activities, something different every morning and afternoon on each day.
The artworks they created were outstanding and the young people told us that they really enjoyed the BSL (British Sign Language) activities – which included some games of BSL bingo which got VERY competitive!!
We were delighted to be visited by a local councillor and have our project featured in the Express and Star and on the council’s Facebook page.
See below for the results of monitoring feedback including some lovely comments from the young people.
Our project was featured on the council's Facebook page 'Wolverhampton Today'
We had a lovely visit from Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People who gave us some wonderful feedback about our creative and BSL work with young people in Wolverhampton.
Young peoples' feedback (online surveys)
Some of these are new things I have never done; my goal is to have lots of cool art on a corner of my room
They were really interesting and funny to do at the same time
Because I like designing and painting but especially graphic design
I was bored at home and when I came here, I felt more inspired, and I met lots of new friends I really enjoyed it here
I liked learning the sign language because it was interesting, and I learnt something new that schoolteachers don’t teach.
I enjoyed them all because I learned lots and my creativity has improved.
- I really enjoyed doing all the activities, I really hope I’ll come next year as well!
- All the staff were extremely amazing and made you feel like you’d known them forever. Thanks for an amazing time."
Parent / carer feedback.
Thank you for giving him this opportunity to learn. He would be happy to join again.
Thanks for everything over half term, the kids had a great time."
Results of monitoring feedback
#YES SUCCESS! February Half Term 2022
The young people created some fantastic pieces of art including:
- A large sectioned portrait of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo
- 5 Ways to Wellbeing posters
- Greetings cards
- Cubism style acrylic paintings
- Slate Coaters decorated with napkin decoupage
- Tee-shirt designs
- Ceramic tiles decorated with Posca Pens
- Grid drawings and
- Paracord bracelets and key rings.
Alongside the creative activities they also learnt some British Sign Language
“I enjoyed them because I liked making the cool monsters”
“They were all very fun”
“It was calming”.
“It’s so fun because we designed, and we be able to wear it [Tee shirts].”
“Because it was mostly all my ideas on the canvas, and there wasn’t much of a prompt for me to follow so I was able to use my own creativity to complete the task.”
“I like using glue and doing things with my hands :D”
“Because all of them were amazing and you got to try some things you haven’t done before it is an unbelievable experience.”
“I enjoyed them as I have learnt new things that I would love to make again.”
“I enjoyed making the T-shirt because I made one of my favourite things that I can’t buy at the shop.”
“They all were educational or creative.”
“They all made me learn and get better at drawing.”
“I liked the newspaper activities because you could use your imagination and with most of the activities you could express about yourself.”
“I enjoyed drawing and designing T shirts. I also liked making the self portrait of Frida [Kahlo].”
“Because I learned new stuff.”
“They were fun.”
“They were most fun for me, and I learnt new stuff!”
“Because they were fun and not hard.”
“It was very enjoyable.”
“The staff were really kind, friendly and approachable and I have enjoyed my time here.”
Our February Half Term activities for 10-16s in Wolverhampton
The advert is shown below with more details and the consent form can be downloaded by clicking the link below.
These sessions are free to attend, include all materials and a packed lunch and are held at ASAN Workspace, All Saints Road, Wolverhampton.
Please share with families / colleagues in Wolverhampton and ask families to complete and return the consent forms as soon as possible as places are limited.
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