Talented young artists visit UWE

Issue date: 10 March 2006

paint Talented budding artists from 18 schools in the Bristol area are attending a series of specialist art workshops at Bristol School of Art, Media and Design at the University of the West of England. Now in its second year the scheme benefits 108 students who are all currently in year ten and studying towards art GCSE. The workshops give the young students the opportunity to try out techniques not generally available in schools such as enamelling and printmaking using state of the art facilities. At the end of each weekend sessions the students will have produced a portfolio of work that will enhance their GCSE grades.

Part of the Bristol 'Gifted and Talented' scheme, the workshops have been organised to encourage the young people to develop their work and to consider taking their studies further in the future.

Anne Conoley from the Bristol School of Art, Media and Design at UWE has helped to set up the workshops, she said, “Working in small groups the students study a variety of drawing techniques, examine the work of four leading modern artists and try out enamelling and printmaking. They have an opportunity to meet current UWE students and gain a greater insight into university life and the extensive resources available. The participating schools receive a visual record of the students' activities on a CD and the students get a certificate of attendance. We have found that students attending workshops of this kind value the experience and in some cases it increases their awareness of and likely aspirations to study Art and Design subjects at university in the future.”

Norma Haines from Speedwell Technology College is the liaison teacher for the workshops. She said, “The students really enjoy these workshops and the opportunity to use a wider range of mark making techniques. The pace is challenging and informative and students work outside their comfort zone to experience new ways of thinking and drawing. This unique collaboration between the Bristol School of Art, Media and Design and the schools is a positive step in opening doors for our talented and creative students in Bristol.”

The Gifted and Talented workshops have now been running for one weekend and groups of school students will be coming to the Bristol School of Art, Media and Design this weekend 10/11 March and for the weekend of 24/25 March.


Editors note:

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