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THE ARTS SOCIETY HIGH WYCOMBE  : YOUNG ARTS

2019

KITE RIDGE SCHOOL      ' KITE FEST ARCH '

We have been able to help two young arts  projects this year .

The first project  has been to assist Kite Ridge School in High Wycombe.This is a special needs school where students are enabled  to engage in and contribute to society. Each student receives a bespoke and holistic education. Annually the school hosts a musical festival for similar schools in the area known as 'KITE FEST'. As a Society this year we have financed the materials  for the construction  of an entrance arch  and the decorations to the arch. We  funded  the outside tutor/ art therapist  Sue Elder to spend a day with the  students on an art project  of expressive creation, making  decorations for the arch for the entrance to the fest. Two members of the committee joined the school on part  its 'Fest Day'   and after inspecting the arch they were entertained by the school's performances. The students spoke enthusiastically about their creations, and some wanted to take their artwork home. Without our contribution the school would not have been able to pay for the tutor or the art materials. This was deemed by all involved as a great success and was very worthwhile. Much thought and creactivity went into it by the students.


WYCOMBE MUSEUM           ' TAKE A SEAT: ART FOCUS '

Our second project has been quite an ambitious one. We were approached last year to ask if we could support our local museum. After long discussions and meetings with the Wycombe Museum, we decided to help them with a new teaching programme which has an art focus, that would benefit local school children. Two members of the Museum staff attended training at The National Gallery for the 'Take One Picture' programme which the Gallery champions. The Wycombe Museum intends to use their training and blend both the history of the local chair -making industry with art. They will adopt the title 'Take a Seat : Art Focus' . The chosen painting the children will study is 'The Blue Chair'  by local artist, Paul Stevenson. This can be found on the first floor at the museum , should you wish to visit.

A very inventive programme has been put together by the Museum, which aims to meet the cross-curriculum programme required by the local schools. The children will learn to read the painting then sketch chairs with perspective  as well as making a prototype, using their own imagination and creativity. They will also reference other paintings of chairs by other artists  such as Van Gough and Picasso. One school has already piloted the programme , and it was met with much enthusiasm from both the children and the teachers.

The new programme is still being finalised but it is hoped to roll it out to local schools in the new school term , indeed  schools have already reserved sessions. We look forward to hearing more as the project gets underway. The staff involved are  very enthusiastic and have lots of ideas to progress this.

We were successful in obtaining a small grant from the Patricia Fay Fund from The Arts Society  to assist with the costings  and we are grateful for this support.

The Arts Society High Wycombe's contribution and support  for the programme has been acknowledged by the Museum, and the painting 'The Blue Chair' by Paul Stevenson has been attributed to the Society.

Many thanks to Chris Feldon for organising these projects on behalf of the Society.


2018

Our planned lecture for members and their grandchildren to introduce young people to the art of armour had to be cancelled.We had earlier in the year made a small contribution to an Easter Art Project  for children run at The Hub.

2017

The Arts Society High Wycombe sponsored local printmaker, Marian Carter to spend a day in Bledlow Ridge County Combined primary school as part of their Art Week activities, with the aim of showing the children how a professional artist works in making a coloured reduction lino print.

Marian presented her lively and colourful design work, taken from subjects she photographed in the school gardens, clearly showing the progression of the design from photo, through skecthes to the finished reduction lino prints. Each class in the school was able to have time with her, so she could explain the processes and answer all the questions. She brought some lino cutting tools with her, lots of much admired finished lino cuts of birds and flowers, as well as a folder clearly showing the linocut print process from start to finish. It was encouraging to see how much interest there was from the children.

In the afternoon she gave a printing masterclass to a small group of pupils taken from all the school Year groups and their delightful finished cards , printed with leaves and birds were displayed at the School's Open Day when our Chairman, with Lisa Green and Angela Jennings were able to view and admire the finished pieces.

Many thanks to Angela Jennings for organising this project.

2016

Our first project was organised by Barbara Kardena with The Disraeli School and Childrens Centre at The Pastures Downley. It involved three classes making sculptures from recyclable domestic items, the children worked in groups of two or three and the sculptures produced ranged from a colourful elephant to a large shark. Two local artists were invited to the school to view all the sculptures on display and to judge and choose 3 winners based upon the skills used. Barbara arranged for the winners to be presented with small prizes. The artists gave  interesting talks to the children about their own work and brought several examples for viewing by the children.

We took photographs of the children with their sculptures and presented them to the school for distribution.

Barbara arranged for the winning sculptures to be displayed in the Childrens' Section of the High Wycombe Library and we provided photographs of all the scupltures for a wall display.

Many thanks to Barbara Kardena for organising this project