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THE ARTS SOCIETY CAMBERLEY HAVE RECENTLY SUPPORTED YOUNG ARTS PROJECTS IN SURREY

Spring Magic 2018

Once again we have organised an exhibition of art from local primary and infant schools. After a week in which we experienced all kinds of unkind and hostile weather, it was an enormous relief to have benign sunshine from the start of the Exhibition weekend. This year thirteen primary/infant schools took part, with work from a few eleven and twelve year olds from Hall Grove, who were one of the two additional schools contributing to the 2018 celebration. 

The Exhibition was opened by Kari Butler, one of the national Young Arts team at Arts Society House, and she spoke of her pleasure at the amount of work on display, and praised the schools for its variety and quality. Indeed, many artistic styles and techniques were on show, including amazingly populated collages of the continents, photographs of curious aspects of school buildings, some stunning “pop art”, startling super-heroes
and gently coloured still-lifes. This year we had a profusion of 3D and sculpted pieces, ranging from dragons and polar animals, brightly coloured ceramic bowls and cups, wonderful clay and paper masks to some very arresting and excit- ing clay sports people in action!

The children were taken aback when they saw the extent of the art on show – several told us with a degree of professional pride “I had work in the last Exhibition as well”, and a great number of those with art on show actually came back with their very proud parents on the Saturday!

We were immensely proud to bring all their art to a public exhibition, and the Young Arts group and I cannot give enough thanks to Society members and Committee members past and present, who gave so willingly of their time and good cheer to make the whole Spring Magic event possible. The team was led by Helen Gregson, supported by Wendy Craft, Jacky Metiuk, Sally Drury and Lin Davis.

St.Augustine’s Catholic Primary School

We sponsored an Art Project at St.Augustine’s Catholic Primary School in Frimley. Every child in the school was involved in designing or making the Totem pole under the artistic guidance of one of the mothers. The Totem pole represents elements of the School Mission Statement:- Joyfully we at St. Augustine’s Catholic School celebrate our love for God, our love for ourselves and our love for each other as we play, learn and pray together. The project took 2 weeks and the children really enjoyed creating their work of Art that now stands in the entrance to the Art Block. All 420 pupils have signed the base of the Totem Pole.

Children's Church Trail at St Peter's Church Frimley

A few years ago we completed a Church Record of St. Peter’s Church in Frimley, and Young Arts volunteers decided to follow this with a Church Trail which could be used by the various school and youth groups who come to the church, as well as more mature visitors. In the Spring of this year, following building works to restore some of the original Georgian features in the church, we were able to “trial” the trail with a class of eight year olds from a local primary school. The school was happy to take part in this exercise as it fitted in well with the children’s on-going local history project, and we enjoyed seeing the energy, enthusiasm and interest shown by the pupils as they completed the trail. They showed real skills in reading inscriptions, deducing war losses from memorials, assessing the emotions of the apostles in the Ascension window, and in drawing the lovely architectural shapes in the church, as well as the more complicated patterns of Victorian floor tiles. They were generous in the help they gave to each other, and thoughtful in the questions they asked us and their teachers.