As part of a larger refurbishment project, updating the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services unit at Ashurst Hospital, New Forest, we were given some funding to work with young people on two art based workshops. The outcome was to enhance both the building and the lives of the young people involved.
The first workshop was run at Forest Arts Centre by animator, Matthew Dean. He worked with 6 young carers, the group bought to us from Community First, New Forest. Using their imaginations, art work and short audio interviews they created short animated pieces that Matthew took away and edited in to a longer film. This will be shown on a screen placed in the waiting area of the unit.
The second workshop was led by Tobin Thomson, a screen printer and run at Hangar Farm, Totton. This time we worked with seven young carers and one young person that had used the CAMHS facility. They began by creating their design and Tobin showed them how to screen print it on to a T-shirt. These they took home with them. They then transferred their designs on to 2 separate canvas’s which once they were printed Tobin stretched on to a frame. These pieces of art work will be hung on the wall at the unit.
‘’I thought it was great – the kids all had a really good time and I think the film is going to be amazing’’ Marie Shotbolt, Community First, New Forest.
Hampshire Futures Response Project has provided funding for a group of adult learners at The Forest Arts Centre and Red House museum to help them learn about their own and others WW1/D-Day heritage.The group came to the Forest Arts Centre to watch a performance of Forest Forge’s Battle Lines, a new piece of theatre telling local stories from WW1 and 2.
The tutor, Sarah Leithead, and the group used what they saw, as well as their own experiences and research, to inspire them to create this unique piece of collaborative art utilizing a replica WW1 soldiers tunic.
The group learnt a variety of new skills such as machine and hand sewing and embroidery. As well as appliqué and painting techniques.
The piece will be a lasting legacy used to prompt and inform questions about local heritage and the effects of war on the local community.
Really Horrible stuff at Forest Arts Centre!
Popular children’s author Nick Arnold inspired youngsters from four New Forest schools with some REALLY horrible science.
Really Rotten experiments, scary stories and queezy quizzes galore made pupils (and teachers!) chuckle.
The author of the multi-million selling Horrible Science series then helped the children to write and produce their own books from what they had learnt – and later performed on stage his ‘The Horrible Science Best Bits’ show.
The workshops were organised by Forest Arts as part of a community arts-science project.
Pupils from Pennington Junior School, William Gilpin School, New Milton Juniors and Tiptoe Primary took part in the unique project – and then watched the author’s sell-out stand up show.
Paul Street, head teacher of Pennington Junior School, said: “The children were enthused and excited to be working with Nick - the staff were pretty excited too!”
”He added: “The benefits of the project have been many. We have raised the profile of children’s writing, raised the profile of ‘exciting’ science. Had discussions about quality learning experiences. We have also been greatly entertained! Parents have had something to be proud of and excited about that their children and the school have been involved in. Our school has been the envy of others!”
Nick Arnold, whose books sell in 24 different countries, enjoyed performing on stage at Forest Arts. He said: “Thanks for being the loudest best audience so far this year!”
Young people can now achieve a national qualification called an Arts Award here at Forest Arts Centre.
The award supports young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. It fosters creative, communication and leadership skills and helps to prepare them for further education and employment.
So, while learning new skills, meeting new people and having fun … youngsters can also be adding to their CV!
Drama tutor Jacqueline Goddard is our qualified Arts Award adviser, and initially she is offering the award through her Forest Youth Theatre classes.
The first seven youngsters (all aged 14 – 16) from FYT have just achieved their Bronze Award – with excellent comments from the official moderator.
He described them as “inspiring” and having “good team spirit” and being a “highly articulate” group.
There are bronze, silver and gold Arts Awards, and they are open to all young people aged 11-25. They can choose to gain their award in any art form. This includes all arts and media activities from creative roles such as writing, directing, performing and painting, to technical and support roles such as web design or stage lighting.
Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England.
A recent Green Space 2 volunteering day at Forest Arts Centre in New Milton was a huge success.
The site is looking great and ready for Fruit, Plant and Vegetable action when April comes.
The 'indoor' team managed to plant over a hundred planters ready for both sites (Artsway and Forest Arts) and the 'outdoor' team managed to make more raised beds, fill with soil and clear the side beds (as well as making a soil volcano) A fantastic effort by all, despite the chilly conditions. (I think the delicious lunch helped!!)
Also, GreenSpace, an EDGE Project initiative, was featured in the March 2012 edition of The English Garden Magazine.
The English Garden Magazine is a monthly, national magazine for all the garden enthusiasts out there!
The feature is included in the volunteering & community section.