Photograph © 2013-2014 Barbara Madden
NewArts Inc. recognises that young people are the artists and the art lovers of the future and that their interest in, and knowledge of the arts need to be cultivated. As such, NewArts community arts events have encouraged engagement with local school students.
During Paperartzi, hundreds of school children became involved through creative activities such as a mass self-portrait drawing project, by participating in paper making workshops and attending guided tours of the various exhibitions.
Sculpture in the Harbour provided a range of opportunities for young people to understand the role of sculpture as an art form. Organised by our Education Program Coordinator, this included excursions to the exhibition to view and discuss the artworks. Prepared work sheets provided excellent material that could be used for English, Art and Historical studies alike. Hands-on sculpture-making activities back in school art rooms were also offered. These were planned to build skills and appreciate processes of sculpture making though practical art experiences.
Through increased liaison with school art teachers, there is enormous potential to expand the education program. Where teachers are looking for inspiration for the delivery of their courses, they could utilise our community arts programs to link creatively into their curriculum. With several secondary teachers on the NewArts committee, the activities brought to their schools can be designed to provide curriculum-related analysis and appreciation programs for Secondary Visual Art students or integrated programs between the Arts, History and English studies. The activity sheet below is an example of how we integrate an educational component into our arts events.