Young Arts Project 2018

The Young Arts award encourages young people to understand and appreciate art.  For several years The Arts Society Beckenham have sponsored very successful projects for schools in the area.

The brief for the 2018 project was to encourage a class of children to understand more about architecture by engaging them in workshops to create artworks for a banner to reflect local buildings.

The school selected was the Harris Academy Beckenham Green, formerly known as Bromley Road School.  Coincidentally, the school was celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2018, giving the project even more purpose.

Led by their teacher Miss Evans, the children (from Year Four) looked at maps and photographs and discussed local architecture before embarking on the four workshops.  The workshops were managed by Dr Pam Smyth, Art Educator for the project, and assisted by volunteers from members of TAS Beckenham.

The children drew the buildings in detail, then colour washed their art work; these pictures were then printed onto fabric.  The children prepared their artwork for putting on the banner by stitching the fabric pictures to a felt background.  To complete the banner, the children used collage technique to make felt hedgehogs, owls, foxes and bees.  Learning a pastel application technique, the children then painted flowers representative of those found locally.

Dr Smyth took the completed art works to her studio to assemble the banners.

The banners were on display to members and then presented by Miss Evans and her class to members before the July lecture.  The children brought to the meeting their own display of the project, showing before and after photographs as well as pictures taken whilst at the workshops.  You can see pictures of some of the work HERE

To see information on past projects please click on the links below:

2017 Project St Antony RC Primary School HERE

2016 Project with St John's Primary School, Penge, please click HERE.

Wickham Common Primary School     

Hawes Down Primary School

Churchfields Primary School

Balgowan Primary School

We are very grateful to all the head teachers, staff, pupils and parents for allowing us to display the art work on our website.

Banner Illustration: Guillaumin Bridge of Louis Phillipe  , Open access image Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington