Sherwood Young Artists is an art school for children aged 7-18. Classes run during term time on Saturday mornings and Monday evenings at our fully equiped 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 and an experienced secondary school art teacher (over 20 years and still loving it). 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, perserverance, 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.
The group has also grown significantly as well. We now have four group sessions on a Saturday morning for 7 - 13 year olds and also three Monday evening group sessions for 11 - 18 year olds.
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 up a strong relationship with the 'Sherwood Art Week' orgainisation. During this annual festival the children host their own exhibition as well as devise and host their own arts workshops for young children. In 2017 and 2018 we were also excited to be taking part in the 'Nottingham Light Night' event. We created two fantastic illuminated sculptures and ran workshops for any children attending the event. The Saturday groups are working towards their 'Explore' and 'Bronze' Arts Award and the Monday groups are working towards their 'Bronze', 'Silver' and 'Gold' Arts Awards. For more information about Arts Award please visit their website
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 excitied 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, Absolute Framing, Foto Ceramica, 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:. 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!"
Saturday mornings during term time
Session 1: 9-10am
Session 2: 10.10 - 11.10am
Session 3: 11.20-12.20pm
All these session are the same ability and follow the 'Explore' Arts Award qualification
Session 4: 12.30-1.30pm - This session is aimed at children 11-13 years old and follows the 'Bronze' Arts Award qualification
Session 1: 5 - 6pm
This session follows the 'Bronze' Arts Award qualification
Session 2: 6 - 7pm
This sessions follow the 'Silver' Arts Award qualification
Session 3: 7 - 8pm
This session follows the 'Gold' Arts Award qualification
'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! '
Judy Knowles (Arts Award Moderator 2016)