Virtual Saturday Art Club
In Autumn/Winter 2020, HEON ran a six-week online Saturday Art Club for Year 9 students. All were sent a pack in advance with a wide range of different art materials for them to try out.
The sessions were led by creative workshop tutor from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), sculptor, Coral Brookes.
These fun and interactive workshops were delivered online via a secure platform, Blackboard Collaborate. Sessions comprised of demonstrations, discussions about different artists and their own art, what it’s like to study art as well as time to work on their own.
In the first week, Coral was joined by two UCA Student Ambassadors who talked about their experiences both as students and artists and answered questions from the Year 9 pupils. Each week students created their own artwork which they posted on collaborative website Padlet, which included sculpture, drawing and collage.
The project aimed to help students develop their creative and critical skills as well as increasing their understanding and confidence to study art in the future. The programme also gave the students the option to collate an art portfolio which 4 students have submitted to obtain an accredited Explore Arts Award qualification (moderated by Trinity College London).
14 students signed up for the Virtual Art Club. Their commitment was high with the vast majority attending all sessions and they were inspired by the programme. Many were positive about the opportunity to work collaboratively with others on the course and discuss each other’s work.
Students generally had good knowledge and were confident and motivated to study Art beforehand and the Art Club consolidated and heightened their knowledge and positive attitudes. Afterwards, all felt they knew what it would be like to study Art in the future, felt confident they had the skills to do so and were motivated to study hard. One student commented:
I really enjoyed looking at the different artists and what inspired them, it inspired me and I had more fun with making my art more diverseStudent Participant