Young Arts

The Arts Society reaches into local schools

THE ARTS SOCIETY provides young people with an opportunity to get involved in the creative arts. For several years, THE ARTS SOCIETY BATH EVENING has sponsored art projects in local primary schools.

Such projects include; in 2016, a project to design and make a mosaic birdbath at Stephen’s Primary School, in their new Spiritual Garden. In 2014 the society sponsored an artist to help children at Bathampton School create and make Willow sculptures and in 2015 at the same school, wall hangings where Textile Artist, Heather Martin, helped the children draw on the inspiration from the school’s special location alongside the Kennet and Avon Canal when designing the three panels for the artwork. The design incorporates four birds that represent the school’s four Houses, newly established by head Paul Falkus. Also, in 2015, the society held a musical event at St Luke’s, Wellsway, promoting Young Musicians, which included recitals by the talented violinist Molly-Rowan Sharples.

Currently, the Arts Society is sponsoring another Young Arts project at St Stephens School, Lansdown, titled Wildlife and Photography Safari. Professional photographer Iain Green of Wildlife Wonder (has considerable BBC experience) is leading the project on behalf of the Arts Society. The idea is for children to discover artistic value and beauty found in their natural environment and to learn how to capture this on film through use of a new medium, with a view to creating beautiful pictures for a permanent school display. They will learn:

  • to create pictures that are pertinent to the weather, subject matter and environment.
  • to understand the components of a camera and how to use them effectively and artistically

The project is restricted to the school grounds and the children will be divided into groups across the age range, with each group of 4 having their own camera. The school grounds at St Stephen’s provide a varied source of subject matter, from within the spiritual garden, shrubs, trees and fine views across parts of Bath. Iain will take the children and explore the grounds on a “safari” and train their eyes to broaden their appreciation of their local environment.

The Arts Society Bath Evening meets monthly at BRLSI in Queen Square.