Working with who you are

We’re working with a school in Port Talbot on Mondays for the next four weeks to improve their creative skills. Expression and creativity is a massive part of the school curriculum which helps young people develop who they are, and better explain how they see the world. Rather than imposing our ideas, or a framework for creative learning, on our participants we’re including their ideas and adaptations from the get go. We’re working with who they are and what interests them so that we can help them to take their skills into an area that suits them.

We’re very lucky that our participants are able to work with us on a one to one basis. This means that we can tailor make what they need very quickly. They have already said that their influences include Pablo Picasso, music from the 1950s and 1960s, Andy Warhol, and graffiti. These teens really have a diverse and interesting palette and it’sreally exciting for us to see what they’re creating. Some of the photographs our participants are taking will help them to enhance their GCSE portfolios. If this is week 1 I can’t wait to see what they’ll produce next week!

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