CAS provides arts leadership and works toward the goal of enabling more children to experience the arts. Our Creative Education Program is delivered through Artists Residencies, workshops, public art projects and our Art Bus, all of which can bring Arts Award courses and workshops to your organisation or community.
We offer graduate artists a residency at Chapel Arts Studios and a placement at a local school for six months. This provides invaluable working experience for recent graduates; an opportunity to build confidence, relationships, and experience as part of an established arts organisation. School pupils benefit from fresh and inspiring arts opportunities, tailored to fit. Each artist-school partnership is unique! The artists residency is funded by the Winchester School of Art (WSA) Graduate Bursary. This is our most successful program and our claim to fame! Read more…
We are an Arts Award Hub
Following the success of our education program, in 2014 CAS became an Arts Award Hub for Arts Award Advisors in the region. This means we can offer Advisor training and Arts Award Advisors to schools and communities. The benefits include being able to award young people between the ages of 7 and 21 with nationally recognised Arts Award qualifications when they participate in our Arts Award programs.
DARE: our creative research in education programme
Chapel Arts Studios (CAS) is planning a ground-breaking programme, aimed at developing a sustainable and immersive approach to art in the Test Valley schools and beyond. We are currently awaiting for confirmation of funding and are hoping to start in October 2016.
CAS has delivered many art projects in schools, and the fantastic feedback we received has allowed us to evaluate the benefits of our work, and define the next possible development.
Our experience with children, school staffs and cultural organisation reinforced our belief that Art is an invaluable tool for life-long learning, which can be sharpened through sustained shared-thinking in an educational context.
Over the next 6 years, we will attempt to create a strong collaborative practice between children, teachers, schools and parents, as well as partner organisations, businesses and professional artists.
We have learnt from the many projects we delivered in schools and communities, and would love to take this learning to the next step. We wish to offer an approach that will be tailored to the needs of the children and the teachers, in order to increase the impact and effectiveness of collaborative art provision within education.
Our engagement in the wider cultural scene and our strong interest in socially engaged art practices will support the shaping and researching for a methodology which will defined by new creative concepts emerging form the collaborative process.
Laurence Rushby was appointed by Chapel Arts Studios with the support of Test Valley Arts Foundation (TVAF) in order to design and coordinate the programme. Laurence will be undertaking a PHD research on Creative Pedagogies with Art University Bournemouth and University Art London to support the project.
The programme will combine the best findings of the past decade, embracing shared thinking, and self-led life-long learning. It will be based on building strong, sustainable partnerships, putting at its core the relationship between Teachers, Children, Parents, Artists, Schools, Universities, Organisations, and Local Business, all functioning and benefiting one another
As you might expect from an artists studios network, the workshops possibilities we can offer are endless. Our associates have specialisms that include video, drawing, installation, textiles, painting, photography and more. However, perhaps our greatest asset is the ability to creatively adapt to situations, and deliver inventive solutions that challenge and test a participant.
Our artists have built fires, used potatoes, created film sets, invented archives, formed publishing groups and so on, all whilst stretching the way a person thinks, connects and questions. We have used these methods to raise literacy standards, improve self-esteem, teach maths, history, geography and anything else that comes our way. It is a categorical misconception of many that creativity resides solely in the art room at school. Challenging a paradigm, learning how to ask questions and effect a change based upon your conclusion are powerful skills for life, and can be developed through all manners of artist intervention.
Our workshops have ranged from one hour to year long projects. We have worked on a one-to-one basis and with entire schools. Demographically, in our sessions we have worked with infant schools, junior schools, secondary schools, colleges, universities, community groups, elders, special needs schools, youth offending teams, young carers, foreign communities as well as the general public. We’re qualified and flexible.