Young Arts, The Arts Society, Worcester Project 2018 - 2019

The funding has enabled Heart of Worcestershire College to offer the art & design students, based in the Worcestershire campus, to experience artisanal workshops and learn from practising artists who are experts in their field.

The Level 2 Diploma students attended a workshop, with the book artist Emily Northen, and made leather notebooks with three removable inserts. They learnt how to stitch paper sketchbooks and punch holes in the leather cover in which to thread elastic to contain the sketchbooks. This involved making accurate measurements with a focus on maths skills.

The Level 3 Diploma students also attended a bookmaking workshop with Emily, but they made the more intricate long stitch leather journal. Again this involved ensuring the measurements for the punched holes were accurate but there was more of a focus on the stitching methods. These journals had fixed paper pages which gave a feeling of permanency to the books.

In addition to the above, the Level 3 students also visited Honeybourne Pottery to try their hand at pot throwing on a wheel followed by pot decoration using coloured slips. The students learnt how to mould the clay as the wheel span, using their hands to draw the walls of the pot upwards and outwards to create a small bowl. Without exception, this was the first time that each student had used a potter’s wheel. Being artistic, the students enjoyed decorating their pots with dots, dashes, hearts and splatters.

The feedback from the students has been overwhelmingly positive.