Why Art Matters

Accredited creative self-expression art workshops for 7 – 19 year olds

“Active participation in the arts is the key to fulfilment. These courses will enable children and young people to share their achievement and joy in creativity. Through my experience I know that the arts give fresh impetus – there are difficult and challenging groups of children and young people who, by necessity need additional resources in order to facilitate their involvement and engagement”  Elinor Seath, Director Art4Space

The Course:

  • After school or college and/or holiday 10 week course x 1 session per week (e.g: 4-6pm)
  • Including Saturday gallery education visit and 3 family/peer sessions.
  • Delivered at our Community Arts Centre in Stockwell or in your school or organisation.
  • Accredited Arts Award ‘Explore’ for 7- 11 yrs and  ‘Bronze’ award for 11-19 yrs.
  • Making art for either an exhibition, market stall or collective community piece.

Funding for these courses can come through pupils premium or Art4Space can advise on funders.

Why Art Matters Outcomes:

Promote the use of arts in the curriculum – the success of these courses will show that the arts can play a critical role in education. We will give examples of best practice to inspire and inform teachers.

Raise attainment and aspirations – the children will be given the space to voice their opinions and express their values throughout the workshops.

Improve educational and aspirational attainment – the course will give the children a nationally recognised qualification.

Children will relate positively to othersthe children will work with workshop leaders outside of the school context and will work collaboratively with their peers during the sessions.

Improve family stability – this course will involve parent/carer participation in the children’s education and family learning.

Active and thriving community – the children have a chance to join our child ambassadors programme and parents and carers will join the Art4Space sign-posting service.

Increased self-esteem – the children will be encouraged to contribute to each session and will be given a safe space to explore their creativity and learn new skills.

Increased self -confidence – gaining an accreditation, learning alongside professional workshop leaders, working with their peers in a safe creative space, putting artwork into the public sphere.

Improved emotional health –the wellbeing aspect of the course will give the children tools to improve their wellbeing which they can apply to their lives and those around them during and beyond the length of the course.

More emotionally literate – the wellbeing aspect of the course will give the children a safe space to express their feelings in a group situation.