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Young Arts provides children and young people with exciting opportunities to become involved in creative arts activities.  We encourage and support Young Arts projects undertaken by local schools, colleges and youth groups. In our work with young people we aim to build a lasting enthusiasm for the arts and an awareness of arts heritage and its conservation.

 In 2017 ADFAS - as it then was - donated funds to The Greville Primary School, enabling them to improve and add to their woodland area. The art club designed and made signs, each with storybook language and colourful pictures to help spark imagination and storytelling while the children are in the woodland walk.

In February 2018 a whole-school ceramics project based on Noah and his wife with the animals from the Ark was completed at St Giles Church of England Infants School, Ashtead. The Society’s Young Arts Representative, Angie Child, went into the school for a day and a half and each of the 100 pupils made Noah and his wife and many animals which were glazed and fired in Angie’s own kiln. The Noah’s Ark project was put on display in the main entrance to the school for visitors and parents to view.

St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School Ashtead Young Arts project 2018 - Angie spent a day and a half with pupils at St Peter’s school designing and making commemorative plaques, the patron saints and their mission statement in clay. These clay objects were then painted with coloured slips before being glazed and fired in her kiln. This 70th Anniversary project was a great success and consequently residual monies from the Young Arts fund were given to the school to buy air-dried clay for all pupils to make a design on the same theme with their class teachers.

What was happening in 2019?

In 2019 The Arts Society Ashtead was pleased to supportYoung Arts projects at two Ashtead schools. In early February, Young Arts Representative Angie Child  co-ordinated and was present at Barnett Wood Infants School for the design and making of a whole-school ceramics project based on bees. Apparently, Barnett Wood has a long bee-related history and Norma Penny, the Head Teacher, was keen to pursue it further into this ceramics project. Therefore, many bees were designed and made during February. Each child made, painted, and in due course took home to keep, a ceramic bee. These  had been fired in Angie’s kiln and returned to the school, glazed and ready for display.

In March, Angie co-ordinated and was present over three days at West Ashtead Primary School on another whole-school project involving 350 children. With assistance from Angie, a teacher and a helper, each child made and painted a fish in one hour. All the fish were bisque- and glaze-fired at the school by its caretaker. The project, entitled "A School of Fish", enabled each child to eperience the handling and making of a clay object, as well as painting with differering under-glaze colours. 

2020 - new decade, new direction

Late January saw Angie working with 1st Ashtead Beavers over three days on an exciting new ceramics project. Three Beaver lodges, consisting of 25 boys aged 6-9 years old were involved. Their subject was Healthy Food -v- Fast Food. Each Lodge made a single plate of clay food divided in half. One half contained  healthy food such as  fruit, vegatables or a vegan wrap. The other half included burgers, hot dogs, cakes, pizza, chips, ketchup, sweets and chocolates. The resulting plates  were painted with coloured slips before being fired, then glazed and fired again in Angie's kiln. The finished plates were delivered to Paresh, leader of the three Lodges, on 6 February. 

On February 3rd it was the girls' turn. 1st Ashtead Brownies met at the Guide Hut to create clay flowers for Mothers' Day. Each Brownie, aged 7-10, made a coloured rose-type flower. At the time of writing, these are being fired before being returned to Brown Owl, Sarita Amin.

On 5th and 7th February, Angie visited The Greville Primary School (last visited in 2017 - see above). This time, 120 children, aged 10-12, made Mayan Masks. These objects  were part of a whole-school art project on the Central American Mayan civilisation. The children made their clay masks,which are currently being fired.

Children’s Trails at St Giles' Church Ashtead

Angie is also linking up with schools in Ashtead that she has visited in her capacity as Young Arts representative to offer a history of St Giles’ church as seen through the eyes of a child from 8 to 12 years. This will be in the form of a worksheet with questions to answer in written and picture form. There will be an accompanying answer sheet for teachers and helpers. When finalised, Angie will approach the schools to bring the children with their teachers to visit St.Giles’ church and attempt to fill in the question sheet. Volunteers from The Arts Society Ashtead will be requested to ‘help out’ in the church.

 The Arts Society Ashtead is pleased to fund the materials and firing for all these projects.

To see some of the wonderful work produced by the children involved in these projects go to the Young Arts page on the Gallery tab.