By Taz Virdee
Children were given the opportunity to explore their artistic creativity thanks to the support and guidance from 7 fantastic students (Abbie, Anjali, Amrita, Harpreet, Juhi, Megha and Simran) from Cranford Community College. The aim of the Art Club (funded by our Community Chest grant) was to give the college students the opportunity to work with young children and help them hone their creativity in a safe and friendly environment.
‘Class really fun and exciting’
During the three workshops the children explored: mask making, badge making, card making, canvas painting and drawing. The sessions were highly interactive and imaginative; children thoroughly enjoyed the classes and were eager to re-start again in September.
One child said: “I found the class really fun and exciting. It was good to see my friends come along.”
‘Very proud of what we accomplished’
Students Megha and Juhi enjoyed the responsibility of leading the art workshops with their friends and were proud of their group’s achievement and commitment.
Megha, 15, said: “It was brilliant to have led the art workshops; we had a wonderful time and feel very proud of what we accomplished.”
Juhi, 14, added: “I believe the art project was a great opportunity for kids to showcase their talents and express their creative side. It was also generally a fun experience in which we all got to get involved and produce a piece of imaginative work we were all proud of.”
'An opportunity to be creative and extraordinary!'
Amrita and Anjali felt the project gave them an opportunity to connect with their friends after school whilst learning valuable project management skills such as: organising, budgeting and planning sessions.
Amrita, 15, said: "The art club was a way of getting our childish sides out, giving us an opportunity to be creative and extraordinary! It was really nice having that time to socialise and hang out with the children as well as our friends. Hope to have more opportunities like this again!"
Anjali Kumar, 15, added: "Working with children was fun and exciting experience as we got to develop friendship with them and were able to join in with the arts and crafts. We learned how to organise a youth club and how to handle different situations."
We do hope to re-start this amazing project in September – so watch this space!
On behalf of Heston West Big Local we would like to say a BIG thank you to the group of students. Throughout the project they were enthusiastic, energetic and inspiring. We would also like to thank Berkeley Primary School for their support and all the children involved.
Are you a student at Cranford Community College? Do you have a few spare hours a month to help make a positive difference in our community? If yes, then we would love to hear from you.
Please get in touch with Taz on 077022532710 or firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with Mr Fraser at Cranford Community College for more information.