‘Casting Connections’: a project to link secondary schools with their local colleges through a love of art
We are delighted to announce a new project we are leading in partnership with Andover College called ‘Casting Connections’. Together we are working with Winton Community Academy, a secondary school in Andover, to support their GCSE students to gain skills in critical thinking and sculpture making. Workshops have been held over the term at both the New Art Centre and Andover College to ensure positive introductions to local cultural spaces and the possibilities of further education for the students involved. In December an exhibition of artworks will be showcased at the college to celebrate the students’ work. All are welcome to join us for the exhibition preview: Monday 4 December, 5pm – 7.30pm
Fantastic introduction to sculpture for members of New Horizon Club and The Meadows
In October we were delighted to welcome members of South Wilts Mencap New Horizon Club and The Meadows. The Meadows is a service of daily activities for adults with learning difficultues. New Horizon Club enables people to have a chance to meet friends and take part in a wide variety of activities across the whole year. The Club is open to adults over 30 with learning difficulties.
Following a multi sensory tour of the sculpture park which included performance, music and drawing, members created responses to their experiences through a range of mark making activities. At the end of the day, everyone came together to reflect on their visit and all agreed that it had been a very enjoyable day!
Family and Teacher activities to celebrate the BIG Draw 2017 ‘Living Lines’
Each year The Roche Court Educational Trust hosts events to celebrate the BIG Draw, a national initiative to encourage all to draw. Jamie Hobson, from London College of Communication, gave a presentation to teachers on ways that ‘non-drawers’ such as scientists, engineers, doctors, electricians and plumbers use drawing as an aid to inform, explain, analyse, innovate, explore and deduce. Families also explored the sculptures at Roche Court during our Big Draw Family Workshop, focusing in particular on our current exhibition of work by Toby Ziegler in the context of the BIG Draw festival theme ‘Living Lines’.
ARTiculation: Discovery Day Workshops and Alumni News
ARTiculation, our national public speaking initiative about the arts, is being introduced to hundreds of 14 – 19 year olds around the country through Discovery Days and Support Sessions this term. Following a summer where ARTiculation Alumni spoke at the Royal Academy of Arts, visited museums and galleries with their Kenneth Clark Travel Award and undertook work experience at our partnered galleries, our focus now turns to supporting school students to develop their public speaking, research and critical thinking skills. 38 workshops taking place in museums and galleries such as the Hepworth Wakefield, The BALTIC in Gateshead, the Whitworth in Manchester, Spike Island in Bristol and the Whitechapel Gallery in London will introduce these skills to students and prepare them for taking part in The ARTiculation Prize in 2018.