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. Three benches were purchased to sit in the middle of the walkway so that the children could have a place to write and draw. The children loved making the signs and will continue to enjoy the new addition to their outside learning area for years to come.

Headteacher, Mr Dupree, responded: “Thank you for thinking of us and supporting us in improving our school and giving the children experiences that they may not have previously had. We hope that it continues to inspire the children to be artistic and create their own works of art”.

In February 2018 a whole-school ceramics project based on Noah and his wife with the animals from the Ark 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 4-5 year olds in the Reception classes made bees, butterflies, ladybirds and spiders. Each child made a round clay base, oval body and varying numbers of legs for their bug which they painted with coloured slips.

Years 1 & 2 made many different animals ranging from elephants, giraffes, horses, lions, leopards, sheep, dogs, cats, rabbits and birds. These were either rolled and joined or coiled and painted with slips. The more able children in year 2 made ceramic figures based on Noah and his wife.

The Noah’s Ark project was put on display in the main entrance to the school for visitors and parents to view. The Arts Society Ashtead was pleased to fund the materials and firing for this project.