More than 300 hours of free art education has been provided to students, aged between 13 and 16, through Saturday Club sessions which ran across the University’s Kent and Surrey campuses.
Receiving four hours of free art tuition each week for 20 weeks, the students had access to UCA’s facilities as well as the opportunity to learn about subjects including ceramics, photography, textiles, film, animation, sculpture, drawing and painting. The work created by students was shown at the national Saturday Club exhibition at Somerset House in London.
Lecturer at UCA Ellen Brown, who led the Saturday Club sessions at Farnham, said: “It’s amazing to see how much difference it makes when the students are given the freedom to explore their own creativity. The skills they learn are not just about various art techniques, but also include things such as critical thinking too. It’s lovely to see the growth in confidence of the students as well as their development of practical skills. I’m often told that at school they have to do exactly what the teacher says and at the Saturday Club they have more freedom to explore their own interests. We get a lot of positive feedback from parents who can see the developments in their children too.”
The sessions took place at each of UCA’s four campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham and Rochester, and were run as part of the national Saturday Club initiative, which encourages colleges, universities and museums to open their doors to students to help them be creative, discover different materials and develop new skills. In addition to learning new skills, students also had the opportunity to participate in Masterclasses held by leading industry figures such as Creative Director of Mont Blanc, Zaim Kamal.
“The students who came created some fantastic work, with so many great pieces that were able to be exhibited at Somerset House alongside work from other Saturday Clubs that were held across the country,” Ellen added. “Some of the highlights included our umbrella installation and our drawing robots – they stole the show! I have had such positive feedback about them as well as the other work my students produced.”
To find out more about Saturday Clubs at UCA or to register for 2017/18, visit www.uca.ac.uk/sat-club.