Learning by Art

Projects with children and young people

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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.


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

Gregynog Felt 2015

Pupils from Llanfyllin Primary School worked with Nicola Knapton and Clare Martin to create a series of felt banners based upon the paintings by Lieutenant Pierre Augeraud in the Council House (now Danby's Pharmacy). Augeraud was one of the Napoleonic prisoners of war...

Eisteddfod Fundraiser 2015

Fiona Collins worked with participants to create individual and group poems based on a range of themes including ‘Y Pethe’, ‘Eisteddfod’, ‘Poetry’, Prize’, ‘Meifod’, ‘Mathrafal,’ Melangell’. Lorraine Mainelli led a printing workshop which involved looking at how...

Young Carers 2015

Brian Jones worked with Powys Young Carer’s in Newtown to develop their own designs and print them on hoodies. Dux got creative with badge making with Young Carer’s (WCD) at St Asaph.  

Minecraft Mash-Up 2015

On Tuesday 7th April children created their own Minecraft World using clay and animation and learnt how to code with a Raspberry Pi. Designed as a focused session the 15 participants learnt how to animate and program their ideas with Alex Allpress, Blue MacAskill and...

Carnival of Animals 2015

Three short animations were made by children from Maesyrhandir Primary School with Gerald Conn and Chris Elliott based on Camille Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals. The animations were screened along with a performance of the work at Hafren by Sinfonia Cymru....

Nansi Richards Project 2015

This project explored the cultural heritage of Nansi Richards, the internationally famous triple harp player of the Tanat Valley. From January - March 2015 Ysgol Llanrhaeadr and Ysgol Pennant worked with Bryn Davies and Rhian Davies and other professional Welsh...

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...

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