darts and Cast join UK-wide Start programme

Four Doncaster primary schools have set out on a journey to discover more about their local culture thanks to funding from Children and the Arts.

Working in partnership with Cast, darts is delivering a programme of creative activity throughout 2017/18 as part of Children and the Arts’ UK-wide project ‘Start’. Designed to reach children who are missing out on creative and cultural education, Start provides access to high quality arts experiences intended to boost confidence, raise aspirations and help with learning and development.

Five hundred KS2 pupils from schools in Branton, Mexborough and Intake visited traditional family pantomime ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Cast in December 2017, before experiencing Southbank Centre touring exhibition ‘Matisse: Drawing with Scissors’ at The Point. We received great feedback from the children, many of whom had never visited The Point before and were very impressed with the display and the gallery:

I loved it here. It was colourful and nice. It was a nice afternoon and I want to go here again.

As well as visits to The Point and Cast, the children are also working with professional practitioners in school, experiencing a range of different art forms. Throughout January 2018, visual artist Karen Hall has been looking at the work of Matisse in more depth and helping the children develop their own responses to the exhibition. They have produced fabulously vibrant posters in the style of Matisse and learnt more about his technique of ‘drawing with scissors’.

CPD and training sessions throughout the programme will empower teachers to find new ways to link creativity with the curriculum, unlocking the potential of their pupils across all subjects and inspiring future generations.

We are looking forward to the finale event in the summer of 2018 when the children will have the opportunity to celebrate their achievements and share their work with a wider audience as part of the ‘cultural challenge.’