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.
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.