Sherwood Young Artists is an art school for children aged 7-18. Classes run during term time on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at our fully equipped Art Studio at the Hartley Business Centre in Sherwood, Nottingham.
All about us.
Sherwood Young Artists was first set up in 2012 with a handful of children aged 7 - 12, who had a real passion for art.
The sessions are taught by me, Natasha East. I am a trained Theatre and Costume Designer, an experienced secondary school art teacher (22 years), and an Arts Award Moderator for Trinity College London.
I am incredibly passionate about children growing up with the opportunity to be creative. As well as being lots of fun, I believe the Arts teaches children to be creative thinkers, independent learners, team workers as well as the important life skills of patience, perseverance, communication, understanding and empathy.
As the time has passed we have had a huge amount of fun drawing, painting, printing, felting, making, graffiti, performing puppet shows, yarn bombing and so much more.
Sherwood Young artists has also grown significantly as well. In 10 years we have grown in numbers, we started with just 8 children attending a weekly class and we now currently have over 280, with plans to expand further.
We now have 12 group sessions a week, at 4 different Arts Award levels.
Sherwood Young Artists also now offers online courses too! Through these we can help even more children right across Britain and beyond to discover a love for the Arts and to develop their Art skills,
Arts Award's unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. The programme develops creativity, leadership and communication skills. Arts Award is open to anyone aged up to 25 and embraces all interests and backgrounds. Through Arts Award young people learn to work independently, helping them to prepare for further education and employment.
Sherwood Young Artists offers the children the opportunity to take these Arts Award qualifications. These are nationally recognised awards that are awarded through Trinity College London. To fulfil some of the requirements for the awards we have built relationships with organisations such as The Mighty Creatives, Sherwood Art Week, Hartley Creatives, Nottingham Light Night, The Nottingham Contemporary, The Nottingham Playhouse and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. These connections have helped our students to complete their Arts Awards by providing opportunities for them to review various Arts Events, gain some valuable work experience, publicly exhibit their artwork and support in advertising for our student led art workshops.
The cost for each hour session is £6 which includes all materials. This is not a 'drop in' session, prior booking is essential and payments are made on a half termly basis.
In August 2020 Sherwood Young Artists moved to their permanent home at the Hartley Business Centre in Sherwood, Nottingham. This has been the dream for many years now, so I am so excited about our future there. The possibilities of having our own studio are endless. We are also surrounded by fellow creatives at Hartley; The Nottingham Jewellery School, Sophie Robins Mosaics, The Textile Workshop, The Nottingham Ceramic School, Absolute Framing, Foto Ceramica, Juicy Glass, Hands on Pottery...to name but a few. I have a great feeling that Hartley will become a new fantastic creative hub in Nottingham in the near future!!!!!
If you are interested in joining Sherwood Young Artists, please don't hesitate to contact me on tel:07742949582, email:email@example.com. I offer free taster sessions for anyone who wishes to come along and see who we are and what we do.
“Fantastic art group for any young budding artists. Natasha is such a talented and patient teacher. My son has been coming for a couple of years I think it is now and he loves it! Each week they study an artist or technique and apply it when making their creative and beautiful masterpieces. Thoroughly recommend the group.”
"My son loves this group and learns lots of new techniques whilst having fun. Natasha who runs it is fantastic with them and very talented too!"
'These young people have clearly had a fantastic experience through doing The Arts Award' I have enjoyed looking at their creative arts work - particularly the lanterns! They have obviously also developed many skills and have fulfilled all criteria necessary to achieve a successful moderation. It was lovely to see such positive feedback from the display of work in Part D. Congratulations! '
(Lead Senior Arts Award Moderator)