Children & The Arts The Great Art Quest

DSC_0451Oriel Myrddin Gallery has the great opportunity to work with four schools across Carmarthenshire as part of the Great Art Quest, a UK-wide arts project designed by The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts. Experienced artist Keith Bayliss and storyteller Megan Lloyd will collaborate to draw out the stories and poetry of our winter exhibition Seren Wen. Welsh stories and the unique imagery of Dylan Thomas will form the starting point for the project which introduces a range of storytelling and expressive mark making techniques to develop skills in oracy, vocabulary and visual language. The project aims to give teachers a creative ‘toolbox’ of activities and ideas for the classroom, practical creative building blocks for teachers to bring storytelling and art into their existing scheme of work and increase confidence in using arts in the classroom and in leading their class through gallery visits.

Read all about it in our Press Release:

GAQ Press Release

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Artists As Learners

P1080005In June 2014 Oriel Myrddin partnered early career artists with experienced artist mentors as part of engage Cymru’s new professional development programme to devise and deliver exciting approaches and interventions to inspire hard to reach young people.  

 

Momentum

P1070283_2Momentum project funded by the Art Council of Wales in partnership with engage Cymru and Communities First built on on established links with Rhyd Y Gors Special School and their exceptionally supportive staff. This was an opportunity to expand on the successful Reach the Heights project by introducing young people to career options and achieving Arts Award qualifications. Lead artsit Mary Sikkel introduced the young people to the gallery, the printing practice of Artist Alan Williams and Angharad Pearce Jones’s forge and artists’s workshop. To read about the engagement, inspiration and motivation engendered by this project please visit the engage Cymru webpage: http://www.engage.org/momentum.aspx

 

Education projects

Early Years Literacy project 2016

Myrddin school project

Artist and educator Lauren Hadley worked with year 1 and 2 children from Myrddin Primary School to explore how visual art can support literacy.

Read the full report here: Early Years Literacy Project Myrddin School 2016

Flora Education Project 2015

Alongside the FlIMG_0794ora exhibtion on tour from Oriel Davies a special project was funded by Ernest Cook Trust enabling a series of four full-day workshops for Year 4 children at Johnstown Primary school. Working with Flora artist Jacques Nimki the children were introduced to a range of essential visual art skills. The workshops introduced visual literacy, colur mixing skills and provoked thoughful questioning about how we see. Flora was the subject for the art skills development and the children made the 45 minute walk form their school to the gallery, noticing and documenting the local flora along the way. The project culminated in the creation of a large banner by the whole group featiring carefully drawn and painted flowers from their research.

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In addition to the education project several speical events and workshops were help to draw out the themes of the exhibition:Flora Social, a private view of the exhibition with a chance to try drinks madde from flowers by Wild Pickings and a film by Jacob Whittaker, All Blues Indigo talk and workshop by artist Lucille Junkere, a skethcbook walk by artist Anne Mie Melis and a special Big Draw event to draw gardens of the past and future with artist Richard Monahan.

Criw Celf

Criw Celf is an Arts Council of Wales funded project for children who have shown a talent and/ or special interest in art. Members are selected from Carmarthenshire primary schools to take part in 6 masterclasses with profesisonal artists where they can explore a range of skills such as drawing, painting, print, metalwork, installation, film making and photography. The children get to work in the gallery alongside artworks and are taken on trips and outings to find inspiration. The artists involved are thoughtfully engaged in sharing their practice and finding a vehicle for young people’s creativity inspired by the network of counties also delivering this project across Wales.

 

Criw Celf from Oriel Myrddin Gallery on Vimeo. From Criw Celf 2013-14

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Momentum 2014 & 2015

sculpture1Momentum project funded by the Art Council of Wales in partnership with engage Cymru and Communities First built on on established links with Rhyd Y Gors Special School and their exceptionally supportive staff. This was an opportunity to expand on the successful Reach the Heights project by introducing young people to career options and achieving Arts Award qualifications. Lead artsit Mary Sikkel introduced the young people to the gallery, the printing practice of Artist Alan Williams and Angharad Pearce Jones’s forge and artists’s workshop. In 2015 three boys from Rhydygors designed, made and installed a permanent sculpture forthe school grounds.

 Children & the Arts: Great Art Quest 2014

DSC_0451Oriel Myrddin Gallery had the opportunity to work with four schools across Carmarthenshire as part of the Great Art Quest, a UK-wide arts project designed by The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts. Experienced artist Keith Bayliss and storyteller Megan Lloyd collaborated to draw out the stories and poetry of our winter exhibition Seren Wen. Welsh stories and the unique imagery of Dylan Thomas formed the starting point for the project. The project aimed to give teachers a creative ‘toolbox’ of activities and ideas for the classroom, practical creative building blocks for teachers to bring storytelling and art into their existing scheme of work and increase confidence in leading their class through gallery visits.

Public Information: Dylan Thomas 100

hazardAs part of DT100 project at Oriel Myrddin 45 A-level students from Queen Elizabeth High School and Coleg Sir Gar took part in a series of workshops led by artist Daniel Trivedy and graphic designer Heidi Baker to re-imagine the signage in Carmarthen Town. Their signs were professionally printed and exhibited in the education studio.

 

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