Since 2017 the Charterhouse has welcomed local audiences as part of our Revealing the Charterhouse project which saw the creation of a new museum, public square and learning programme. Schools are at the very heart of our learning offer and we are proud to say that so far over 3,000 pupils have taken part in our creative workshops.
Now, thanks to the generous support of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars we have been able to develop our relationship with local schools by piloting a free, after-school club for pupils in Years 4 and Year 5 (aged 8-10) from two local Primary schools. Running January 2019 – July 2019, our flagship club has successful delivered on-site sessions for pupils from St Peter & Paul Catholic Primary School and St John the Evangelist RC Primary, two schools within a 30-minute journey from the Charterhouse.
Led by artist-freelancers Shauna-Aine O’Brien, Rosie Fuller and Chloe Cooper in Spring, and Jasmin Bhanji in Summer, the club is targeted at students most in need of educational support, particularly low-level achievers who need extra help. Being creative and expressing themselves though a wide range of art techniques has enabled pupils showcase their creativity and feel a sense of artistic achievement. Sessions have brought to our lively 700-year history to life centering on art, crafts and architecture and making use of digital media including iPads to create stop-motion animations.
Attending the club has helped foster collaboration across both schools and year groups, two of our core objectives. We have seen the development of skills such as team work, collaboration, problem solving, imagination as well as fun and friendships. We are thrilled with the positive impact the project has had on the young participants and look forward to building upon this success in 2019-2020.