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.

Building on the success of the Noah's Ark project, a second, Craft project in 2018 was supported by The Arts Society Ashtead. Here's what St Giles teacher, Louise Gahan wrote:

"Some of the money has gone to pay for the garden stakes, looms for weaving, ribbons and other textiles as well as some good quality acrylic paint used to create a whole school large canvas as part of our ‘Feeling Good’ week. The children will each do a sun print using photographic paper which your donation has kindly helped buy.

They have partnered up with reception and year 1 children to do some simple loom weaving, which will eventually form part of a large mobile in the wooded area.

We are developing the outside area as a craft/ story time area, where the textile project is taking hold. It will be an ongoing project involving all year groups".

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.

Angie had previously discussed with the Head of Art and Design & Technology doing a ceramics project based on the 70th Anniversary of the school to be celebrated in the summer. Some children from each class were given the task of making and painting either one of the four saints of St Andrew, St Paul, St Bernadette and St Anne, the school crest or the three school mottos. These will be displayed inside the main entrance to the school for pupils and visitors to see and will be on show for the 70th anniversary event.

The 70th Anniversary project was a great success and consequently residual monies from the Young Arts fund will be given to the school to buy air dried clay for all pupils to make a design on the same theme with their class teachers.

The Arts Society Ashtead was 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.