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.

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 Connection’, alternatively £5 if you pick up from the office.

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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.

Read about our Learning by Art projects below

Celebrating Children’s Creativity 2018

Celebrating Children’s Creativity 2018

This is one of our long standing annual projects recognised to enhance the curriculum, tackle the child poverty agenda and support environmental education. The project this year engaged with 15 schools from across North Powys and Wrexham. Artists work for 2 days or 4...

Powys Youth Music Project 2018

One of our longstanding music projects designed to encourage young people to write and perform their own music. Roy Terrill delivered a series of sessions with young at Llanfair Caereinion & Welshpool youth club.

Indian Legends 2018

Indian Legends 2018

Fiona Collins and Catrin Williams engaged with families, adults with mental health and school children to explore the Indian collection at the Clive Museum at Powis Castle in Welshpool. The project allowed participants to explore and critically think about the...

Celebrating Children’s Creativity 2017

Celebrating Children’s Creativity 2017

This is one of our long-standing annual projects recognised to enhance the curriculum, tackle the child poverty agenda and support environmental education. Artists work for 2 days or 4 days in each primary school. Sessions this year included workshops in glass and...

Young Carers & WCD 2017

Young Carers & WCD 2017

We supported the Wrexham Conwy Denbigh Young Carers with visual art workshops with Emma Jayne Holmes and circus skills with Elliot Maddocks at their event in Rhyl. Brian Jones worked with Young Carers in Powys to print t-shirts. Jim Elliott and Siân Walters also...

Ceiriog Tales 2017

Ceiriog Tales 2017

Ysgol Llanarmon, Cynddelw and Pontfadog got creative while learning about the poet John Ceiriog Hughes. They had fun clogging with Bryn Davies and Rhian Davies to the folk tunes he collected and they worked with Hilary & Graham Roberts to create a film about his...

Beestemming 2017

Beestemming 2017

The project aimed to raise awareness of the plight of the bees amongst children from North Powys and their local communities. Buttington Trewern, Llanfyllin and Banw school worked with Hilary and Graham Roberts in a variety of media and processes ...

No Strings Attached 2017

No Strings Attached 2017

No Strings Attached is a collaborative project between us and Powys Youth Service and offers guitars, tuition and mentoring free of charge to young people who want to get started making music. They meet on Friday lunchtimes at the Youth and Community Centre in...

Honeypot Mermaid 2017

Honeypot Mermaid 2017

We worked in partnership with the Honeypot Children's Charity to celebrate Carers Week. Molly Hawkins worked with children from around the Newtown area to create a stunning mermaid. The week long workshops with children allowed them time to be free, play and get...

Increduble Arts 2017

Increduble Arts 2017

We worked in partnership with Credu (formally Powys Young Carers) to deliver a series of arts workshops with young carers across Powys. Participants took part in the following workshops: drama, felt making, textile hangings, animation, film, photography, clay,...

Active Travel Sculpture 2017

Active Travel Sculpture 2017

It was a great day for the opening of the new active travel pathway around Llanfyllin Primary and Secondary school. We worked with Spike Blackhurst, a Blacksmith, to turn the competition winner from the Ysgol Uwchradd Llanfyllin High School competition to design the...

Lego Movie Making 2017

Lego Movie Making 2017

During the session children and young people were taught new skills and given confidence to make their own short animation movie using LEGO as a starting medium. Story planning, animation techniques, film/animation making software apps and creative use of sound were...

Celebrating Children’s Creativity 2016 – 17

Celebrating Children’s Creativity 2016 – 17

This is one of our long standing annual projects recognised to enhance the curriculum, tackle the child poverty agenda and support environmental education. Artists work for 2 days or 4 days in each primary school, sessions this year ranged from: Hilary Roberts...

The Venture 2016

The Venture 2016

We had a great evening with young people from The Venture. Dux consulted with them about what they wanted to do as an arts project next year and it's looking like some giant puppets may be on the horizon... [gallery...

A Raspberry Future 2016

A Raspberry Future 2016

The project was delivered by Zarena Allan and George Stroud at Ysgol Bodhyfryd, in Wrexham over 10 weeks, from January - mid March 2016. The project begun with the class teacher and teaching assistant attending two training sessions with the artists on using the...

Alternative Stories 2016

Alternative Stories 2016

From Jan – March 2016 Dux and Richard Chaloner worked with Ysgol Maes-y-Mynydd and the Lifehouse for 1 day per week over 10 weeks. The project involved looking at the work of Graeme Davies and R S Thomas and using digital media participants wrote their own stories and...

LEGO 2016

LEGO 2016

During the 2016 Easter holidays we ran exciting workshops on LEGO which explored 2D and 3D modelling and making your own Lego character to create stories with Jo Marsh and Karen Whittingham. [gallery...

Roald Dahl 2016

Roald Dahl 2016

During the 2016 Easter holidays we ran exciting workshops where participants got creative with Catherine Williams and Holly Dyer learning about Roald Dahl while creating giant crocodiles and brewing potions. [gallery...

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