Now more than ever we have seen just how important Arts are to our mental health and well-being. With more funding it would mean that we could run more of these workshops allowing for us to engage more people and continue our efforts to give access to the arts.
St-Art is a small charity which offers a range of art and creative activities for young people, in the Humber region. Our aim is to develop creativity and expose children to the range of skills and opportunities that creative arts provides.
St-Art works with local professional artists and those in the creative industries to deliver quality arts and craft activities to young people.
St-Art has a regular Art club lasts for two hours and we also provide other workshops which last for a full day or longer, The activities are inclusive of background and ability and admission fees are low, typically £1.50/2 hr session. An example of these would be our lantern making workshops for children and families to build large lantern structures (held in Oct half term) which form a parade as part of Barton towns annual Christmas Festival.
Young people who attend our weekly after school art club which runs during term time had requested some longer sessions in order to be able to explore and develop work in textiles. This project aimed to offer a sewing course that took place once a month on a Saturday from 10 – 3pm for young people to develop skills in this area. The sessions were run by professional artists with knowledge and experience of this practice. The young people learnt skills such as applique, pattern cutting, embroidery, patchwork, machine and hand sewing techniques. We ran this set of sessions as a trail run to then be able to evaluate the continuation of this type of workshop. There were clear advantages of running these sessions, as when the young people started their skills were very limited and they lacked a huge amount of confidence in their ability and applying skills. By the end of our trail the regular attendees were showing a huge interest in learning and applying the techniques taught as well as this it was evident in the quality of work produced that they were taking on what they were being taught and even pushing the work further by applying their own creative spin on their work rather than just doing what the tutor set them.
The basis of running these sessions was that as arts funding has been reduced in schools the young people are missing opportunities to learn these skills. Both parents and children have expressed a want for these sessions and since running this trial both have been keen to see a continuation of this.
We aim to continue this due to the success of the trial but now wish to expand it to areas that are not just sewing but encompass other techniques and crafts such as print. The outcomes achieved are increased sense of confidence, application of skill taught, a thirst to push ones own creative ability, a sense of community and sharing of skill during sessions as well as a sense of positive wellbeing in both adults and young people.
'What a fabulous team you have, brilliant ideas and a superbly organised event.'
...all remarked on how welcoming everyone was.
'We look forward to seeing you again soon for more crafting.' - Parent