Year 9 Emotional Expression through Art Workshops
All Hurstmere Year 9 pupils will get the opportunity to work with professional artists in ‘Emotional Expression through Art’ workshops. These workshops will take place in your son’s timetabled Art lesson, and will provide an exciting opportunity for him to –
Experience working with professional Art practitioners
Take part in a practical activity that expands our Year 9 Art curriculum (Identity)
Develop his understanding of Art & Design as a possible vocational choice
Raise his awareness of mental health issues
Be aware how creativity can support emotional wellbeing
The workshops will be delivered by the charitable organisation ‘CentrePieces’. This is a Bexley-based charity that promotes public awareness of using Art to support good mental health and provides support to people in mental health recovery through Art. ‘CentrePieces’ has been running for 18 years, becoming an independent charity in 2015. It offers opportunities for its members to practice art-related skills, with a continuous programme of workshops and exhibitions, for artists to show and sell their work. ‘Centrepieces’ takes part in festivals and events and promotes awareness of mental health through Art, including the installation of public art and sculpture.
These workshops have been made possible by a generous donation to Hurstmere School by Mrs Michelle Edwards. Mrs Edwards is a former Hurstmere parent, and the donation is made in Memory of Tom Bold, who tragically and unexpectedly passed away two years ago aged 35. Tom was a former Hurstmere pupil and practising artist and illustrator (and Mrs Edwards’s son’s best friend).
In the Summer term, CentrePieces will return to Hurstmere, and work with a smaller group of Year 9 pupils to create a permanently sited memorial for Tom Bold, that promotes creativity and well-being.