Borough’s young people to let their artistic minds run wild
A Barking and Dagenham school has been chosen to take part in an arts education project with the National Gallery.
Credit Suisse and the National Gallery, who run the project, will be working students from All Saints Catholic School in Dagenham, to develop their interpretative analytical skills and knowledge by looking and talking about paintings.
The Dagenham school is one of five schools in London selected to take part in the initiative that aims to engage young people who wouldn’t normally take up art or visit an art gallery.
Clare Cantle, Headteacher of All Saints Catholic School said: “We always stress the importance of the arts at All Saints and endeavour to provide a holistic, comprehensive curriculum.
“We hold an inspirational Art Day each year and this opportunity is one of many for our pupils to embrace and enjoy. We look forward to hearing all about their experiences”.
The students will visit the National Gallery to take part in cultural workshops delivered by City Year UK and there will also be an after school club to support the young people with their projects.
Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, Cabinet Member for Educational Attainment and School Improvement said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for our students to get involved in something that they normally wouldn’t, and I encourage them to fully engage themselves with the project. “The National Gallery is an inspirational place to visit and I’m sure the students will get a great deal out of this opportunity.”
“I look forward to hearing about their views of the National Gallery.”