Encouraging and celebrating art created locally by young people is at the very heart of PAW. Every year we involve around 500 Purbeck Young Artists (PYA) in schools across the area in creative activities. Students are encouraged to develop art works on the festival theme, which this year is “Changing Seasons’. The workshops have been coordinated by Sebastian McEwen and are implemented by a talented team of artists, each of whom have experience of working with young people. The range of workshops span metalwork, photography, rust printing, sculpture, dance and puppetry. You can see the inspiring results at Rollington Barn.
In 2019, thanks to the generosity of our local sponsors, we were again able to offer 17 workshops to schools across Purbeck. Led by four experienced artists the workshops took up the Festival theme of ‘Flights of Fancy’ exploring various techniques that students might not otherwise experience: 3D assemblage, mono printing, metal work, rust printing, cyanotypes, stone carving and animation.
Purbeck Young Artists was very successful in 2018, with seventeen schools involved. The quality of the workshops results were higher than ever and the exhibition was excellent. We were able to offer students workshops that added to their skill set and we offered workshops that had not been offered previously. We had four very experienced artists on the team who ran excellent workshops based around the 2018 theme of Movement.
In 2017 we ran 15 workshops in schools to inspire young artists to be even more creative, enterprising and innovative – as well as have fun. The theme for Purbeck Young Artists 2017 was ‘A moment in time’ and was chosen to give students the maximum scope to explore their imaginative range; encouraging them to draw inspiration from a wide range of sources and interpret the theme from varied perspectives. The range of workshops spanned textiles, metal work, photography, dance, ink painting, sewing, mosaics and clay modelling.