Learning by Art

Projects with children and young people
NOISE Project

No Strings Attached

Great News! The ‘No Strings Attached’ project has recently won a Gwirvol Grant which has been spent on a mobile recording studio – this will allow young people the chance to develop their Music Technology Skills and means that local musicians will get the chance to record their own work. The new ‘No Strings Studio’ is totally portable and utilises a new package called ‘Presonus’ – training for volunteers will take place over Feb Halfterm and we hope to be working towards an EP featuring midwelsh youth music very very soon.

The idea behind ‘No Strings Attached’ was (and is) to enable young people a chance to peer mentor other young people thereby developing skills around not only music but also community, communication and collaboration.

Arts Connection and Powys Youth Service would like to publicly thank PAVO for issuing the Gwirvol grant – listen out for the fruits of the project soon.

‘No Strings Attached’ offers guitars, tuition and mentoring free of charge to young people who want to get started making music or already play. We have electric, acoustic and bass guitars as well as amps, leads and other equipment that comes with a guitar – thanks to money raised in memory of Mick Flanagan at Mickstock 2010 and the Buzzards Football Team. The scheme features a range of learning styles including peer support, online tuition and professional mentoring and is delivered in partnership with the Powys Youth Service. Contact us or youth worker, Dux, to get involved.

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Jac-y-Do

The 38 track CD of Welsh Nursery Rhymes called ‘Jac y Do’ was the result of a project run with pupils from 9 different schools in the local area – Dyffryn Banw, Llanfihangel, Llanfair Caereinion, Llanerfyl, Llanfyllin, Llanrhaeadr, Pontrobert, Pennant and Efyrnwy. The project was led by Arfon Gwilym and the CD recorded and mixed by Tony Skeggs.   £6 with p&p: You can pay online or a cheque payable to ‘Arts Connetion’, alternatively £5 if you pick up from the office.

Get the full lyrics here

Llanfyllin Listens

213 pupils from Llanfyllin High School took part in a youth census in June 2008. They were asked a series of multiple choice questions covering a variety of topics. Responses were given through electronic voting pads in order that the census would be anonymous, interactive and fun. The project was led by Tom Cavalot as part of his MA Youth & Community work, it was funded by the Rural Community Action group and supported  by NEWI, Dux from Powys Youth Service and Arts Connection.
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Read about our Learning by Art projects below

Fantastic Active Saturdays 2015

We worked with families in and around the Oldford Estate to deliver monthly art and cooking activities in Welshpool. A range of artists delivered creative activities aimed at inspiring, engaging and supporting communities to participate in the arts. The project was...

Street Dance 2015

On Tuesday 31st March we worked with Bethan Smith from Powys Dance to deliver a street dance workshop. Over 20 children and young people learned some new dance moves and created a performance by the end of the session to show their parents. [gallery...

Monty’s Got Talent 2014

On Thursday 6th November young people from across North Powys came together at the Hafren to take part in this year’s talent competition. 6 youth clubs held auditions to choose two entrants for the Live Performance and Visual Art categories. On the night the judges,...

Stiwt Music 2014

Jim Elliott and Francesca Simmons worked with 5 young people over 4 days to create a range of songs at Theatr Stiwt. The young people had a great introduction to music making and working as a band. At the end of the final day they did a small performance for parents...

Film Literacy 2014

We delivered a film literacy workshop with Grango High School funded by Ffilm Cymru. Dan Fox delivered a session where pupils watched clips from films and analysed them in order to learn the techniques of film making and what makes a good film.  

Powys Youth Service 2014

We work annually with Powys Youth Service to deliver a range of workshops. We worked with the 6 statutory clubs to deliver workshops in circus skills, t-shirt printing, street dance, animation, photoshop, mask making and light drawing. We also provided a series of...

NOISE 2014

NOISE was a partnership project between us, CARAD in Mid Powys, Arts Alive in South Powys and Powys Arts Service. The project provided professionally led / industry standard performing arts experiences for young people aged 14-25, it was delivered by practising music...

Powys Youth Music Project 2014

This music project offers individuals and bands support and development opportunities through workshops, events and individual mentoring and guidance. The project is run in partnership with Powys Youth Service throughout the year. Young people from Llanfair Caereinion...

No Strings Attached 2014

No Strings Attached is a collaborative project between ourselves and Powys Youth Service and offers guitars, tuition and mentoring free of charge to young people who may want to get started making music. We have a number of new young people taking part in the project...

Celebrating Children’s Creativity 2014

Our annual Celebrating Children’s Creativity project was a great success this year due to additional funding from the Ernest Cook Trust which meant we were able to work with 52 groups in 46 primary schools across North Powys and Wrexham. The project involves putting a...

Myth Makers 2014

A partnership project with Community Focused Schools and the library service. 5 schools, Guilsfield, Arddleen, Forden, Buttington and Llandysilio took part in the project. They played with myths to encourage the use of Welsh 2nd language in schools. They created art...

Wrexham Street Dressing 2014

As part of Wrexham Creative International month we worked with a range of Wrexham schools to create public art works to decorate the town. Molly Hawkins worked with pupils to create decorated tiles, silk painted flags, lanterns and decorated umbrellas. These went on...

Wrexham Young Carer’s 2014

As a new partner we initially ran a taster light animation workshop with Ben Davis for Young Carer’s in Wrexham. This was a great experience for the young people involved. This was followed up by a large event for North Wales Carers. The event was imagined as the...

Presteigne Arts 2014

During the Autumn and Spring term we worked in partnership with Presteigne Youth Club to deliver a series of arts taster sessions. The group started with Graffiti with Blue MacAskill, where they looked at creating their own tags using different fonts and decorating...

Powys Youth Music Project 2013

“All the young people achieved more than they expected.” This year we supported Mickstock, a band and BBQ event at Llanfyllin High School, and awarded a prize to 2 young female singers and guitar players, who wrote and recorded their own songs with Tony Skeggs and...

Britten Project 2013

A multimedia partnership project with Hafren and Mid Wales Opera based on the works of Benjamin Britten whose centenary is in November 2013. During April workshops happened with the Foundation Phase pupils at Penygloddfa, Ladywell and Treowen schools. They explored...

Monty’s Got Talent 2013

On Wednesday 13th November 2013 young people from across North Powys came together at Theatr Hafren for the annual talent competition funded by Powys Youth Service ‘Who’s Got Talent in Montgomershire?’ 6 youth clubs, Llanidloes, Machynlleth, Llanfair Caereinion,...

Celebrating Children’s Creativity 2013

Project working with primary schools across North Powys in all art forms that has been running for over 10 years. There have been some fantastic and high quality outcomes to the project in a range of artistic mediums this year including making puppets and dragons with...

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