Art Awards & Art/Science Workshops

Yes – it’s back by popular demand –  Trinity Art Awards, an opportunity for all ages to get creative and gain a nationally recognised certificate.

“Art Awards” is managed by Trinity College London in association with the Arts Council England working with 10 regional Bridge organisations.  [For Trinity College’s Art Awards website, click here.] Art Awards is a national qualification that inspires young people to develop their arts and leadership talents: it’s creative, valuable, accessible and unique.  Art doesn’t just mean pictures on walls, it can be plays in a theatre, music in a concert or even poetry in a book!

An Art Award (whatever its focus may be) can be achieved at five different levels, with four accredited qualifications, as well as an introductory award.  Young people from the ages of 7-25 can take part to develop their understanding of the arts, to engage in arts practice and to encourage their creativity.  As part of an Arts Award, they can visit arts events and share their views, research and work alongside artists and other creative professionals and share their own art skills via leadership.

To get us started, this week we had a couple of introductory sessions led by Paul Nicholson, one of our long-time and highly successful Art Awards supervisors.  Some 30 PLACE children and their parents came to our Putnoe centre to find out about the awards and to get some feedback and guidance about their new Art Awards project work.

During the day, Paul also ran a number of art workshops with a science theme “Optical Illusions Through the Ages”.  Participants looked at trompe d’oeil effects, lenticular prints, 3D images and a host of optical illusions, old and new, and rounded off their sessions by having a go at making a thaumatrope.

Have a look at our gallery to see more of our youngsters (and parents) hard at work…