Talented young people get a taste for art at UWE

Issue date: 18 May 2005

Issue date: 11/05/05

The Bristol School of Art Media and Design (BSAMD) recently welcomed over 100 year 10 students from Bristol Schools to the Bower Ashton Campus to take part in a project to enhance and inspire their artistic skills and allow them to experience studying art at university.

The students were given access to a range of materials, studio space and the expertise of practising artists, to improve the quality of their GCSE Art portfolios. They worked in small groups developing their drawing skills by using specialist paper and materials. Each student progressed their drawing through four workshops, each based on a themed artist. On the second day the students printed their own work onto T-shirts and enamel and extended their understanding of drawing.

For many of the students it was their first visit to a university. They saw it as a positive and enjoyable experience: 88% agreed the workshops will help them to develop their art skills; 81% agreed the programme will help with their school work; and 89% now said they would like to go to university. The teachers from the participating schools were equally enthusiastic with comments such as: “This was a fantastic opportunity for students. Most of them now want to go and do Art at university.”; “On average – I think it will raise GCSE by at least one grade”; and “Fantastic, very inspirational for both staff and students”.

Organiser Sue Matheron from BSAMD said, “The students were able to soak up the unique atmosphere of Bristol School of Art, Media and Design. They talked to current students about their work including fashion and textiles, animation and fine art. They were also shown the School’s extensive library and studio facilities. We are very pleased with the success of this event and hope to repeat and improve it next year.”

The series of two day workshops for Gifted and Talented Youth in the Bristol area took place throughout March and April.


Editor’s notes

In all 108 year 10 students and teachers from 16 schools have taken part in the project. The participating schools were: Hartcliffe, St Bernadette, Bedminster Down, Ashton Park, Brislington, Hengrove, Cotham, Portway, Henbury, St Bede’s, Monks Park, City Academy, Fairfield, Speedwell, St Mary Redcliffe and St Thomas More.

Visual available, caption - Young people from Bristol enhance their drawing skills at BSAMD.

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