Summer School Projects 2018

9th July 2018

The Meadow Arts Education and Engagement Programme, Meadow Arts Inspires is having a busy summer working with children, young people and families.

Black plastic pots containing coloured paints

We have completed two schools projects. The first was with The South Bromsgrove High Academy Trust, a secondary school with an outstanding track record of working in arts-related subjects. Our Education and Engagement Officer, Steve Wilson set up a project with the school’s Head of Art, Nikki Taylor to create an outdoor arts space where pupils can have quiet study and sit in a relaxing environment. Steve recruited one of our newest Creative Practitioners, Jasmine Loveys to work with pupils to create individual mosaic works of art, taking inspiration from the nearby Lapworth Museum of Geology. Both the school and pupils had a great experience. Nikki Taylor said, “The art workshops run by Jasmine Loveys were a real success and very much enjoyed by all who took part in them. It was a great opportunity for the students from the garden group to create some permanent pieces of art for the benefit of all in the new garden area.”

The second project was at Ludlow Junior School and was an equally successful project which saw Meadow Arts respond to the school’s desire to provide an art activity as part of their STEM week (adding Art to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). We love showing how the arts can work in areas such as science and technology and were delighted to work with another new Creative Practitioner, Fliss O’Neill, who worked with children to make individual ceramic tiles based on local maps of Ludlow. It was all very ingenious and the pupils and the school loved working with clay and plaster, as well as getting to know more about their local town. Rebecca Smith from the school told Steve, “This has been the highlight of our year.”

In addition to schools, Meadow Arts has been busy working with families, including a wonderful workshop at The Hive in Worcester led by two of our Creative Practitioners, Andrew Howe and Jill Impey. Andrew and Jill worked with children and adults to make cave drawings and paintings and showed people the brilliant video installation by Ben Foot and Valentina Floris of SDNA, created for The Hive.

Girls painting  Artwork in the style of a cave painting

A huge amount of the success of these projects is down to our wonderful group of Creative Practitioners who work alongside us and we were delighted to bring a number of them together at De Koffee Pot for an introductory meeting and social event. It was a really enjoyable evening session and we are really excited to have such talented people to work with us.

We are keeping busy in the summer and will be on the Worcester High Street as part of the exciting arts day Watch Out Worcester, organised by our friends at Dancefest. In August, we will be running a three-day summer school at The Hive to further explore the Ice Age Project.