Wolvey’s creative Young Arts Ambassadors

A child’s hand is writing on a piece of paper with a pen

This month Shout Out for the Arts practitioners ran a workshop with Wolvey CofE Primary School, which is in the borough of Rugby. The students discussed ideas for an art project as well as what makes a good arts leader.

24 young people, their teachers and members of Shout Out for the Arts got together and took part in an Young Arts Ambassador workshop.

What makes a great leader?

During the session, they talked about what the arts means and what a good Young Arts Ambassador would be like.

A sketch of a person by a child is filled with different words and phrases like good leader and nice
The group came up with words like ’artistic’ and ’leadership’ when considering the role of an ambassador.
A sketch of a person by a child is filled with different words and phrases like patience and determination
The students thought that a good Young Arts Ambassador would be patient, determined and supportive.

They drew outlines of people and wrote down different words that came to mind when thinking about someone who would lead the arts forward. Liking art, being positive and being a happy person were just some of the things that were talked about

An art club for all

The second part of the workshops focused on the young people discussing which arts they would want in their school spaces and what format that would take.

They wrote action plans for their art club ideas and talked about what they wanted to do, who was going to do what, what resources they would need and more.

“We had a super afternoon at Wolvey. This is an incredible school with such a diverse school community. The children were amazing and absolutely brimming with ideas for their art club.

Amy, Shout Out for the Arts

Ideas that came out of their project plans included an art club, a street dancing club, a gymnastic club and an arts ‘emotion’ club.

Capturing the mission of the project

The groups felt strongly that the club should take place at lunch time because then more children would be able to attend. They also discussed the fact that there shouldn’t be a charge in order for the club to be accessible – they truly captured the essence of what Shout Out for the Arts stands for!

The workshop was full of energy and enthusiasm and the students gave great feedback at the end, with a couple of comments being:

”I really like this and I wish it was every Thursday!”

Thank you for your creativity, Wolvey, and well done to everyone involved!

Header photo by Jessica Lewis, Unsplash.

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