This year, City Year UK’s Pioneer Growth Partner, Credit Suisse, introduced us to an exceptional new opportunity for partner secondary schools in London and Birmingham: an art outreach initiative with the National Gallery.
Over the eight month project, Key Stage 3 pupils from our schools were introduced to focus paintings by thegallery’s expert educators and encouraged to reflect on and create their own artworks, based on what they’d learned and their own responses to what they’d seen.
The programme was specially designed and delivered by the National Gallery with City Year UK’s volunteers leading coordination and helping to run extra-curricular art clubs where pupils produced pieces ranging from prints and paintings to photography and poetry. As well as holding sessions at the National Gallery, its educators, along with volunteers from Credit Suisse, joined in-school sessions to offer further guidance and see the pupils’ work in progress.
A Year 8 pupil said: “I remember going to the National Gallery in Year 4 and I didn’t like it at all, but this project I was a part of showed me how much thought and feeling people put into their drawings. I know that because working with City Year, I did the same when creating my art. That’s what I will think about now when I see art work.”
Watch this short film to find out more about the project.