Widening Horizons Art Project
Over the last year, the ‘Widening Horizons’ children’s project, run by arts charity Kendal Windows on Art (KWoA), has provided valuable opportunities for self-development through a series of creative workshops for children in the Ryelands community, to explore their hopes, dreams and aspirations.
The activities were called ‘Chit Chat’ sessions and soon the children who came along became known as the ‘Chitchatters’. The children decided that they’d like to create a book called ‘Widening Horizons -the Big Adventure’.
The group met regularly and explored a wide range of art techniques. KWoA artists Nicki Smith and Priscilla Edwards helped the Chitchatters to experiment with dye transfer tissue, mark making, collage, mask making, weaving and drawing.
Imagine, Believe, Achieve Day
The Chitchatters also had the chance to share their creativity with large numbers of children from their community when they helped to support and run the school’s ‘Imagine Believe Achieve’ day at the end of February.
Every child in school looked and talked about the characters on the school mural before creating work based on their own aspirations. They made videos, stories, puppets and books based on the characters. Here is some of the work made that day.
By working on this project the children in the Chit Chat group have achieved their Discover Arts Award, a qualification awarded by Trinity College London. Later in the year there will be an exhibition of their finished work. Meanwhile take a look at some of the characters which have already been developed by the artists from the Year Six children’s wonderful drawings.
This project is supported by the Francis C Scott Charitable Trust.