In 2018 we will have been involved in varied activities in three schools:

 1.  The Quest Academy

On Wednesday, 31st January Benjamin Senior worked for one day with seven Year 9s and seven Year 10s. The art teacher has said that it was a “fantastic workshop” .

 2.  Courtwood Primary School

On Monday, 5th March Ben worked with a mixed age group from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 pupils in the morning for two hours so that he could get to know the pupils and they could get to know him.  Then on the afternoon of Monday 19th he worked with them again but this time he was observed by teachers from the local schools of Gilbert Scott, Forestdale, Greenvale etc. It was all very successful with the pupils and the teachers learning a lot and really enjoying it.

On Wednesday, 23rd May Ben will return to Courtwood for an Art Day and teach a group of children as part of the school’s Arts Week. Then on Thursday, 24th May there will be an exhibition of work in the school hall and parents and members of the Arts Society Sanderstead will have the opportunity to come and see what the children achieved when they were working with Ben.

 ​3.  Art project Riddledown Collegiate

For the fifth year running there will be a three-day course at Riddlesdown Collegiate this summer. The school and the students do seem to value greatly what Ben has been offering the Year 9 art students. We have now fixed 6/7/8 June 2018 as our dates for this year. On Thursday, 8th June at 4 pm the students will display their work so that parents, staff and members of the Arts Society Sanderstead can come and talk to their guests about what they have accomplished during the project.

 ​4.  Art Academy Course

The course is booked for a talented Year 12 student from Riddlesdown to attend a five day painting course at the Art Academy, London from 30th July to 3rd August 2018. She is delighted to have this opportunity and is very much looking forward to it.

5.  Art project Riddledown Collegiate

First of all, for the fourth year running, we organised a three-day course at Riddlesdown Collegiate this summer. The school and the students do seem to value greatly what we have been offering the Year 9 art students. We have now fixed 6/7/8 June 2018 as our dates for June 2018.  

6.  Funding a talented student on a week’s course

This summer we did something we have never done before but something that is much encouraged by the GLA: i.e. we in Sanderstead part funded with the GLA for a talented A-level student at Riddlesdown Collegiate to attend a week’s course at the Art Academy near London Bridge. The student’s work had been given the prestigious award of being selected for the Royal Academy 16-18 summer online exhibition.  She found the week to be “fantastic” and has said that she cannot thank us enough for the opportunity we gave her before she starts her final year of A level studies.

 7.  Gilbert Scott Primary School

Whilst we take a pride in our work at Riddlesdown three Art Society, Sanderstead members were very pleased in February to arrange an Art Day at a new school: i.e. Gilbert Scott Primary School in South Croydon. The staff and children were all very appreciative of what one governor described as “an exceptional day. ”  We hope in 2017-18 to be able go to another school that we have not been to before.

 ​8.  A GLA project

The projects with Ben Senior have now led to a two year long extension of Youth Arts activities at Riddlesdown which will be funded solely by the Greater London Area and run by the Chair of the GLA. This new project is not directly part of our Sanderstead Young Arts programme, but we, as a local society, are involved in organising and supporting it.

The title of the GLA project is “Art and Authoritarianism.” It aims at enhancing learning in history and demonstrates the vitality of the arts in education. This term three Arts Society lecturers will come to Riddlesdown in order to use their expertise to interest and inform the students and the first one took place on Monday, 25th September. Each lecture will then cascade with opportunities for older students to develop their leadership abilities and master subject skills by working with younger pupils in little groups. Members of The Art Society, Sanderstead are invited to attend  the other two lectures booked for  this term and should see Moira Bamfield for further details.

In conclusion: we are building on what we have already achieved, but are also aiming to extend our activities to help youngsters in varied ways and from different schools.