YOUNG ARTS 2016-17

Gallery Visits by Primary Schools

As well supporting our annual visit to the Barber Institute with Chadsgrove Special School, your Committee recently decided to put additional funds to encourage primary schools from Stourbridge to visit art galleries in the area. 

In the Autumn Term, 2016, Amblecote Primary School took 30 gifted and talented children to the Barber Institute, where they had an absorbing time viewing Dutch still life paintings and taking part in a very successful still life workshop. 

In November, following up their work on Pop Art as part of their curriculum, St Joseph’s Primary School took 30 year 6 students to Wolverhampton Art Gallery to see the excellent Roy Liechtenstein exhibition.

Then in February Brockmoor Primary School visited The Barber Institute and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery with students from Key Stage 2.

Ann Norgate

YOUNG ARTS 2015-16

Sixth Form Art Competition at King Edward VI College, Stourbridge 

This summer, Stourbridge DFAS has organised an Art Competition for Year 13 (6th Form) students at King Edward VI College in Stourbridge.  On the 29th June we had the pleasure of presenting prizes to the students for their excellent work.

Students, parents and staff at King Edward’s made us very welcome at their end of year exhibition, and we certainly enjoyed spending time viewing the varied and exciting artwork produced by all this year’s A level students.  This was an excellent evening, attended by our Chairman Stephen Brown, who presented prizes and certificates to our winners, our two judges, and other members of Stourbridge DFAS.

I would like to thank our judges, Celia Nancarrow and Suzanne Mantom, who spent considerable time deciding on our three winners.  First prize went to Freya Cox, for her original stop-motion video; second prize to Claire Shakespeare, for her striking image of everyday life; and third prize to Joe Wyer for his view of Sacre Coeur in Paris, using acrylic on card.   Five other students received Highly Commended Certificates.  You can see the students’ work in our GALLERY.

Our three winners’ pieces will be entered into the NADFAS West Midlands Area ‘Make Your Mark’ Competition. This is part of the celebrations for the national NADFAS AGM 2017 in Birmingham.  The best artwork from schools and colleges across the Area will be framed and hung during May 2017 at the RBSA Gallery in Birmingham. A reception will be held at the Gallery on the evening of Monday 15th May, at which overall winners will be announced.

'Around the World with Francis Drake'

In September 2015, SDFAS was approached by Wyre Forest Young Voices, who were seeking support for an ambitious project involving primary schools in the Kidderminster area. The aim was to engage children in exploring in song the story of Sir Francis Drake’s epic journey round the world, and for the children to perform the story at a prestigious venue with professional accompaniment.   

After studying WFYV’s detailed proposal we were able to offer £1,200 towards the £11,000 needed if this project was to succeed.   Over the winter months, children from three schools, Franche Community Primary, Upper Arley CE Primary and Wilden All Saints’ CE Primary, practised with their teachers, and were supported by Geoff Weaver, the conductor of Kidderminster Choral Society, and members of the Young Voices team. 

On 16th March, 2016, in the splendid setting of Kidderminster Town Hall, children from these three schools were joined by the Wyre Forest Young Voices choir (10 to 18s), the Primary Chords choir (5 to 9s), and a group of professional musicians, The Carnival Band, to perform the cantata ‘Around the World with Francis Drake.

A ‘full house’ enjoyed an evening of outstanding music.  As SDFAS Young Arts Co-ordinator, I was joined that evening at the Town Hall by members of our committee, Stephen Brown, Jenny Allen, Jenny Cochrane, Ray Way and Gillian Shaw, and from our society by Rosie Evers and Paul Norgate. I would like to thank them all for their support.  We are very proud to have helped with this project, as it is so important that children are given a chance to enjoy music and perform to such a high standard.

Ann Norgate

YOUNG ARTS 2014 - 15

This has been a very special year for SDFAS Young Arts. 

Greenfields Primary School

When I wrote my report last year we were about to embark on a project with Greenfields Primary School in Stourbridge.  I am delighted to report that this has been a very successful venture, although it was quite an ambitious project both for us and for the school. The plan was to transform a very large wall in their playground into a “Magic Garden”, with ceramic tiles designed by the children and some glass decorations. We worked with two local artists, Charlotte Hughes-Martin and Sarah Cannings from the Red Cone at Wordsley.  Every child in the school was involved in the project and now the school has a beautiful feature to enjoy in place of a blank brick wall.

Brockmoor Primary School

An exciting result of this project was that we were contacted by Brockmoor Primary School from Brierley Hill who were celebrating their 20th Anniversary, in November 2014.  Having seen the “Magic Garden” at Greenfields they wanted something similar!  Brad Jones, the very enthusiastic Headteacher, was keen to have a mural in the school hall where the children could show how they saw themselves in 20 years’ time. A further project would enable Year 6 children (10/11 year olds) to create glass panels around the school showing their favourite characters from literature – and Stourbridge DFAS decided to fund this project.  Again, artist Charlotte Hughes-Martin from the Red Cone worked with the children on the glass panels.  Your Committee were welcomed to the school to view the finished art work and to have lunch.

You can see images of the children's work in our GALLERY.

Chadsgrove Special School

An important ongoing Young Arts project is our annual visit to the Barber Institute with Chadsgrove Special School.  Accompanied by past Chairman Meriel Harris (now our Area Chairman-Elect), we spent a very fulfilling day at the Barber, where the children viewed a bronze sculpture of a rhinoceros  called Miss Clara, heard the fascinating story of the real Miss Clara and then in the afternoon made their very own rhinos in clay.

Young Arts is a very important aspect of NADFAS, as we need to make sure our young people are given every possible opportunity to create and to learn about the arts. This year, Chairman Moira Robb and your Committee have once again been extremely supportive and generous in providing funds to help these projects.   As a result, children at three local schools have benefited greatly from the generous support of Stourbridge DFAS. 

Ann Norgate