Oh, What a Year!
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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
Our latest newsletter is shown below and it showcases our most recent projects. Please note we have been funded to provide free October Half Term activities (#YES funding) and will post about that separately. If you know any young people living in Wolverhampton 8-16 (18 with an EHCP) please pass this information on.
You can also download the PDF Newsletter version here:
We've had an extremely busy Summer!
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
Weeks 2-5 : Summer HAF activities
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'.
Andy Warhol's 'Campbell's New England Clam Chowder Soup'
British Art Show 9 Activities
British Sign Language (BSL) Learning with Gary
Later in the project they made models of Wolverhampton landmarks - they are brilliant!
Crafts and Clay Modelling
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
This was the best day ever!
I enjoyed Lewis’s presentation because I got to learn about possible careers combining art and other passions.
I loved doing the optical illusion drawings. They were challenging but fun.
Today the BSL learning was cool.
I really liked the painting on bark.
The Healthy Eating poster was so fun, thank you so much.
I met new friends.
I loved the African dot painting.
I enjoyed painting with meaning and expressing myself.
I had lots of fun learning about new things and new skills in art and I would like to come next year too.
Very awesome – we made stuff I could never do before.
WE BEAT ANDY WARHOL!
The way the staff expressed the art and they did amazing I ❤️ everything
They allowed me to find different area of art that I enjoyed and I will continue to practice outside of RAW
I met new friends and I got to share my art journey and how I started my business. I also love the activities especially the singing ‘we shine together’!!🤗😇
Because it was fun and it made me feel creative
I loved that the staff was friendly and helpful and they always helped if you needed support well done guys I m happy 😃 for you guys🥰
It was amazing I made new friends and the staff are amazing and lovely I couldn’t ask for more.
I even have a corner of my room dedicated to RAW now!
Week 6: Social Prescribing / Thriving Communities art project
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....
Commonwealth Connections: Netherton Anchor Sculptures
60 schools across the West Midlands were twinned with 60 schools in 10 Commonwealth countries, meeting online to begin a collaborative journey of discovery and co-creation.
The Arts element is led by Birmingham Arts School. Wolverhampton based company REAL ARTS WORKSHOPS LTD was commissioned to work with young people in Northfield Road Primary School and Thorns Collegiate Academy.
We worked with the children on many practical aspects of creative arts, linked to the NETHERTON ANCHOR which was made in the area and used on the fateful maiden voyage of the TITANIC.
The young people were encouraged to consider issues of marine pollution and recycling and we hope the final anchor sculpture will have a purpose as a recycling centre in school as well being a piece of fabulous art, designed by the children. Thank you to Onboard Corrugated for the donation of cardboard for this project.
Northfield Road Primary School
A few photos are shown below and you can see more on the 'current projects' page.
Thorns Collegiate Academy
Here's what the students said:
During the summer term, Thorns Collegiate Academy partnered with Real Arts Workshops Ltd to create a large, cardboard sculpture inspired by the Netherton anchor that was used on the Titanic.
We began by introducing ourselves and thinking about why recycling was important. We then moved on to designing and making models of the anchor, which then turned into the sculpture itself. Over the past couple of weeks, we have worked in teams to work on different components of the design: which has led up to the complete design of the anchor itself.
We have been partnered with Sri Lanka and were inspired by their actions to make it better, safer environment. They are committed to recycling and paving a way for future generations, because of this, us too decided to follow in their footsteps to help the world become a greener planet and more aware about the polluted world we live in."
Thank you I loved every second of the project.
All cool outgoing people. I would recommend.
I would like to do it again.
Do it again :)as I enjoyed it so much 😀
I would like to do this again.
I would like to do something like this again. (Very soon).
I enjoyed the experience and was glad I took part, I can’t wait to do this again in the future, a fun experience to do with friends and teachers.
It was amazing. "
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
Also, the start of our #CommonwealthConnections project sponsored by British Council and administered by Birmingham Arts School. Watch this space for developments in the 2 schools we are working: Northfield Road Primary and Thorns Collegiate Academy. And Easter HAF activity in Wolverhampton.
And...if you are reading this before 15th May - you can get involved in our song project for Mossley Jubilee Day of Culture. We're writing a brand new song on the theme of 'Cultural Togetherness' and have put a call out for lyrics for the verses. Get in touch with your ideas!
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.
Free* activities for families registered for HAF in Wolverhampton
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
(Please spread the word)
BRITISH ART SHOW 9 - Public Engagement Ambassador Project
The British Art Show is a landmark touring exhibition that celebrates the vitality of recent art made in Britain. Organised every five years by Hayward Gallery Touring the exhibition brings the work of artists defining new directions in contemporary art to four cities across the UK.
BAS9 is curated by Irene Aristizábal and Hammad Nasar, and presented in collaboration with the cities of Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth.
34 artists showed in BAS9 in Wolverhampton to look at how we live with and give voice to difference, while also extending our understanding of identity to beyond the human. Their projects often blur the boundaries between art and life, and imagine alternative futures. Through their works, they propose alternative economies and ways of living together that emphasise commonality, collaboration and care. They do so through film, photography, painting, sculpture, and performance, as well as through projects that don’t sit easily in any one category.
Alex chose to focus on the work of one of the artists exhibiting in Wolverhampton: Michael Armitage.
Workshop # 1: Introduction to Social Prescribing Link workers
Michael Armitage's work
Born in Kenya in 1984, Armitage moved to London to study art, gaining a BA from the Slade School of Art in 2007 and an MA from the Royal Academy in 2010.
He relies heavily on his childhood experiences when painting, depicting scenes of plane crashes and acts of violence that he experienced as a young boy.
While Michael Armitage insists he is not a political artist, it is difficult to deny that there is a sense of protest throughout his work. Touching on themes of homosexuality, women’s rights and terrorism, he explores the reality of his home country and raises questions about the culture.
When coming up with subjects for his work, Armitage will look at newspapers local to his home country and combine topics with his own memories to come up with something completely unique.
Armitage shuns traditional western canvas in favour of lubugo bark cloth, a burial cloth made by beating the bark until it stretches into a fabric.
He takes several scrap pieces of the Ugandan material and stitches them together before he starts to paint.
(watch the video which showing the cloth being made)
Video of lubugo bark cloth being made:
Video from Royal Academy of Arts Facebook page.
Workshop #2: Asian Women's group
Alex did his own example paintings and encouraged the participants to make their own paintings on specially sources bark board with the possibility of making Rangoli style designs to put their own culture into the artworks.
Workshop #3: Art 'Novices' (i)
This simple but effective technique uses either acrylic paint and cotton buds or paint pens on black paper / card to paint pictures either of the participants own designs or using templates. Below are downloads of the resources used.
Workshop #4: Experienced artists
Workshop #5: Art 'Novices' (ii)
Some people chose to create dot paintings and it was nice to see some digital art too - from a talented participate who preferred to use an Apple Pencil and the ProCreate app in iPad Pro.
1. The Influence of European Art on Michael Armitage
2. Armitage's painting style
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