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Pupils at a Creative Arts Week in Easter
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Press Release - 10 August 2006

Young people get creative in educational arts weeks

Young people in Swindon will try their hand at a packed programme of artistic activities and find out about life at university in two Creative Arts Weeks run by the University of Bath in Swindon.

Twenty-four secondary school students aged 11 to 13 will take part in the first week, called A splash of colour, from 14-18 August. In the second week it is the turn of 24 older secondary students to explore Art & Archaeology: drawing in the past between 21-25 August.

The free weeks are held at the University’s Oakfield campus and are designed to give young people the opportunity to try new activities in an informal and fun atmosphere and to chat to undergraduates from the University about life as a student.

Priority for places was given to young people who had not attended a Creative Art Week, to those living local to the Oakfield campus and to young people from families with little or no experience of university.

Two different sessions a day are run by tutors from the University of Bath’s Division for Lifelong Learning and from the Bath and Swindon area. In the first week the students will explore the importance of ‘colour’ through sessions in drawing, drumming, animation, creative writing, painting, drama, photography and digital art.

The second week starts with a field trip to Avebury to bring the past into the students’ present day lives. The experience will be visualised through art in sessions including screenprinting, sculpture, illustration and painting/collage.

“The Creative Art Weeks are all about bringing young people through the doors of the University and getting them involved in exciting and imaginative arts,” said Pauline Pratt, Director of the Creative Arts Weeks.

“It’s about starting early so that the University isn’t a foreign place to them and inspiring them to think about higher education when they leave school.

“Our undergraduates are a big part of the success of the week. They answer lots of questions about life as a student and they can be role models for young people who might not have had the confidence or information to think about going onto university.”

At the end of the week the young people get to display the results of their creativity in a performance and exhibition for friends and family. “This year we’re planning to bring the artwork right into the performance, with the students painting their own backdrop and bringing paper sculptures of the stone circle into the hall,” said Ms Pratt.

This is the third year of Creative Art Weeks at the Oakfield campus. In May the University ran its first Adults’ Creative Arts & Advice Week, following demand from parents of young people on the courses.

The Creative Arts Week is free of charge and takes place at the University of Bath’s Oakfield Campus, Marlowe Avenue. Activities take place from 10am-4pm and include a free lunch for participants. For more information please call Anne Olesen on 01793 328800 or email essao@bath.ac.uk.

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