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National Saturday Club

Saturday Club Art&Design PostcardFrom Saturday 11 November 2017, the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies has been running the National Art & Design Saturday Club as part of a national network created by the Sorrell Foundation and run by the Saturday Club Trust. The Club gives young people aged 13 to 16 (years 9, 10 and 11) the unique opportunity to study art & design on Saturday mornings at their local college, university or museum, free of charge.

The aim is to nurture the young people’s talent and build their confidence and self-esteem. Last year more than 1,250 young people across the UK took part in a local Saturday Club, giving them an insight into student life and an understanding of new opportunities that further and higher education can offer, as well as helping to improve their school work.

The Club offers young people the opportunity to:

All activities are free of charge. A full list of Club dates for this academic year can be found here.

Saturday Club members are also given the opportunity to attend an inspirational Masterclass with one leading figure from UK industry, and to exhibit their work in their own Summer Show at Somerset House, London.

The Club is suitable for young people of all abilities with an interest in art & design. Participation in the Club is free of charge ― this includes travel for any trips undertaken during the club.

The Club is now fully booked for this year with a waiting list. If you would like your name to be added to this list (or would like more details), please email the Saturday Art Club Officer, Sarah Harvey Richardson: S.H.Richardson@leeds.ac.uk

The National Art & Design Saturday Club flyer can be downloaded here.

Find out more about the Saturday Club’s weekly activities from the blog below, written by Sarah Harvey Richardson:

  • 06.01.18 ― Revolts and Revolutions 2018!

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    We began 2018 with a brilliant session to kick off our new Revolts and Revolutions theme – exploring some of the amazing objects from the University’s Special Collections in the wonderful Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery.

    Professor Abigail Harrison Moore (Head of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and Professor of Art History and Museum Studies) delivered a fascinating workshop on the industrial revolution and the role of artists (and art critics) such as Augustus Pugin, John Ruskin and William Morris in revolutionary times, using original primary sources from the University’s Special Collections.

    Abigail asked us to think about words, ideas and designs influenced by these artists, and ideas of revolution more broadly, that we can then develop into prints during next weekend’s Club.

    Over the coming weeks we will be exploring the theme of Revolts and Revolutions culminating in a trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) on Saturday 10 February, for a Masterclass working with YSP staff to respond to their Revolt & Revolutions exhibition.

  • 02.12.17 ― The Chilean Mural

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    Led by MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies students Abigail King and Helena Perkis, this week’s Club responded to the Chilean Mural that had been uncovered in Leeds University Union.

    The workshop started by visiting the Mural to discuss how it was rediscovered and what it represents. We looked at the colours, design, space, shapes, lines and discussed how the mural was made and reflect upon these elements.

    Heading back to the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, the Club then designed their own murals in groups and painted them on large sheets of paper. Once completed the murals were taken outside so the groups could discuss what they wanted to represent with their murals. Themes included animal welfare, food, music, reading, travel, equality, politics, identity and many more.

  • 25.11.2017 ― Design for Manufacture

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    This week saw the Club head to the Faculty of Engineering for a Product Design session led by Dr Kerry Baker and Engineering Student Ambassadors.

    Highlighting the importance of creativity in the manufacturing process, Club members worked in teams to build complex structures and consider the reason behind their design and choice of materials.

    This culminated in a timed competition to see which team could produce 7 correctly constructed structures in the fastest time. Kerry then took the Club on a tour of the amazing facilities across the Faculty of Engineering.

  • 18.11.17 ― Abstract collages

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    Developing the ideas that the club encountered last week abstraction / shape / colour / form / texture ― Club members created abstract collages inspired by paintings they had seen in The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery.

    We had a fantastic introduction to the Gallery and its collections by Joanne Williams (Gallery Events & Marketing Assistant), and Club members sketched the artworks in the Gallery in preparation for making their own work back in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies.

    The collages were created by building up a collection of different coloured and textured papers, which could then be used as the raw materials for their collages.

  • 11.11.17 ― The first Saturday Club!

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    We were very excited to welcome the Club members to the very first National Art & Design Saturday Club here at the University of Leeds on 11 November.

    Based in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, the session started with a brilliant activity led by Dr Kerry Baker (Education Liaison Officer, Engineering) and her Engineering Student Ambassadors.

    Club members worked together in teams to reproduce a structure that only a few of each team could see – far from a straightforward task the teams competed to see whose structure was the closest match for the original! Once the winners had been announced, the Club then produced a collaborative paper collage inspired by artists Terry Frost and Henri Matisse.

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