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Really Horrible stuff at Forest Arts Centre!

Nick Arnold with Sam and Georgie from New Milton Junior School

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!”

Arts Award

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.

Green Space

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.

Big Draw

Boomer fruit, blue chillis …even fluggs spotted at Forest Arts as part of the Big Draw

More than 70 people enjoyed a tasty harvest lunch while ’growing’ a fantastic drawing at Forest Arts.

The event was organised as part of this year’s Big Draw, in conjunction with Forest Arts’ GREEN SPACE team.

Mums, Dads, Grannies and Granddads joining youngsters to draw a huge forest garden, complete with trees, birds, animals, flowers, fruit and vegetables.

Imagination was overflowing … with some rather unusual fruit invented, including the boomer fruit, blue chilli, orange-brella and lime banana, and insects such as the Manbird and Flugg (a beautiful flying slugg!)

“It was a fun day,” said Arts Development Officer Jackie Goddard, “It is great when different generations can get together – and the lunch was fab too!”