Harry Potter Exhibition and Fabric Distressing Workshop at Warner Brothers Studios
Enabled by a grant of £292 from WHDFAS fifteen Year 9 students from Rydens Enterprise School
spent an exciting day at Warner Brothers Studios touring the exhibition and taking part in the fabric
distressing workshop. The objective of the trip was to stimulate interest in working with textiles
among prospective GCSE students. The 15 participants were selected by the school on the basis of a
questionnaire designed to gauge their GCSE plans and their interest in arts subjects including design
technology and textiles.
The trip was described in enthusiastic terms by the participants in their report published on the
Rydens School website:
‘Everyone felt that this trip was amazing (and) we all felt really privileged to have done the
workshop. Within this hour we found out so much information which we may not have read or
heard if we had only done the tour. We would like to say a massive thank you to WHDFAS
committee for agreeing to fund this trip for us, we are very grateful and found it hugely
Mount Felix Tapestry
WHDFAS has contributed £300 to a community stitch project commemorating the Centenary of the
‘No2 New Zealand General Hospital’ at Mount Felix in Walton on Thames where more than 27,000
NZ soldiers were treated during First World War. The project, organised by Riverside Arts Centre in
Walton, involved the creation of a 40-panel tapestry depicting stories of some of the patients and
nurses who passed through the hospital.
The WHDFAS sponsored panel was stitched by a group of Year 7 pupils attending Rydens Enterprise
School in Walton; it features Lieutenant Colonel William George Malone wearing the distinctive
‘Lemon Squeezer Hat’. The children worked on the panel throughout 2016 at the after- school club,
and the expertise they gained there has inspired some of them to venture into new areas of textiles.
Their work will be on display at the Riverhouse Arts Centre alongside 39 other panels from 23rd April
The photographs show Rydens School pupils at work from the first stage of learning basic stitches to
the finished Slouch Hat panel.
Bell Farm School Welcome Mosaic
WHDFAS has granted £1600 to Bell Farm Primary School in Walton to create a welcome mosaic
for the main entrance to the school; the funding covered the cost of the design, materials
and workshops run by mosaic artist, Sue Edkins (mostlymosaics.co.uk).
Children from year groups 4, 5 and 6
were invited in June 2015 to create designs that, in their view, reflected best the
character of the school. The work was set as an optional homework and produced a great
variety of individual ideas and designs, most of which were incorporated by the artist
in the concept design.
’The children were encouraged to think carefully about the fact that we are a values school,
our school logo, and how we could show what it is like to be a part of our school,’ said the
head teacher Anne Cooper. ‘We are delighted with the result. It shows what Bell Farm is all about.’
The work on the mosaic was carried out in September in three
workshops attended by 16 of the keenest young designers who worked under the artist’s
supervision in groups of two or four. For all of them it was their first experience of making a mosaic
and they found it both challenging and very enjoyable: 'It was the best hour of my life', exclaimed
one young artist on leaving her workshop.
The completion of the mosaic was celebrated at a school assembly on 15th October 2015
and the work was unveiled the same morning by the Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Jan Fuller
who praised the young artists for the beautiful and welcoming piece they had created.
Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton on Thames
WHDFAS provided £500 to fund one-term bursaries for Art Classes for children aged 5-16 at
Riverhouse Arts Centre in Walton on Thames. The bursaries were aimed at local schoolchildren who
are eligible for free school meals and who show a special aptitude for the arts. The first two
bursaries worth £175 were awarded to pupils aged 6 and 8 from Burhill School in Walton; the
pupils were given the opportunity to experiment with various materials including drawing,
painting, clay work and craft work. WHDFAS funded the bursaries for the school year 2015/2016.
As only a part of £500 originally allocated for Young Arts at the Riverhouse
was spent in the
autumn term, the WHDFAS committee contributed £325 towards the cost of running art
workshops in local primary schools to produce snowflakes for the Snow Queen Christmas Exhibition
at Riverhouse Arts Centre.
Natural Art Workshop
Darren Pepe, reporter at the
Surrey Advertiser wrote the following report on the
outdoor learning centre that we sponsored at Painshill Park.
The Society helped fund an outdoor workshop
in Painshill Park to enable children with special educational
needs to engage in art projects in the open air. The shelter
also creates an outdoor exhibition space for permanent and
ephemeral art work created by children and young people.
The covered outdoor workshop space is
adjacent to the Education Centre and it enables children to access
the great outdoors and take part in natural art workshops. The
space will be decorated by work created by children and the space and works created will provide
a legacy by being used by
the thousands of children who attend educational activities at
Painshill and it will provide a permanent usable, accessible outdoor
exhibition and workshop space for children with special
education needs and mobility difficulties.
As an example, one of the first groups of
students is from Walton Leigh School and they will have five two to three hour
sessions. Access to the historic landscape and crystal grotto will
be part of the students experience and each session will be used
to create a number of different art works playing to the
different senses including:
Cave painting. The pupils will make
pigments and paints using natural materials and use them to
create a large mural.
Clay natural forms. Pupils will dig
clay from the learning area and mix it with water to create
relief sculptures which will be presented and photographed.
Land art. Using different materials
the pupils will create collages on the forest floor which
will be photographed and displayed.
Charcoal and chalk. Pupils will cut
down living willow from Painshill and make charcoal by
cooking it in a fire they make from firewood they have gathered.
While the charcoal is being cooked they will roast
marshmallows and eat lunch around the fire. Using their
charcoal and raw chalk they will then draw pictures of the
crystal grotto. Pupils will also find objects to make sounds and
assemble a musical mobile using wire and their found
objects. The music will be recorded and emailed to Walton
Leigh to be edited.
The visiting artist Dawn Curwen helped the children design and build balloon birds.
St Charles Borromeo Primary School
The last project to be completed spanned Autumn 2011 to Spring 2012. All
the children of St Charles Borromeo Primary School in Weybridge
were involved in a joint Art and RE project called “In the
Footsteps of Jesus”.
The project involved two parts; firstly a
Prayer Book written and illustrated by the children which was published in November 2011; secondly an Art Exhibition which
took place in March 2012. For each of these, expertise was
required to enhance the children’s Religious pencil drawing
and painting skills. WHDFAS allocated this year’s Young
Art’s Fund to buy in this expertise over the two terms. The
Art Exhibition took place at the school and all the
paintings were framed. The school invited all members of the
community, especially members of WHDFAS, to visit the Art
Groveland’s Primary School
In 2010, Groveland’s Primary School in Walton-on-Thames was
delighted to receive a grant of £350 from our Society to involve
the children in some creative artwork. Jackie Brown, the school
Art Co-ordinator, took charge of the project. After discussion
with staff and children, it was decided that the art
installation would be a welcome mosaic to be placed near the
Jackie Nash, a specialist in school mosaics, was asked to help
with the project and children from the Reception and Year One
classes painted pictures of what they would like to see in the
mosaic. After a democratic selection of the most popular ones,
Jackie Nash prepared the template for the mosaic and the
children were then involved with placing the tesserae on the
panel. Mounted next to the school entrance, it is colourful
Ashley Church of England Primary School
In 2009, Ashley Church of England Primary School in Walton on Thames
received a grant of £350 from our Society to
enhance the teaching of art at the school.
After discussion with the staff and children a decision was made
to bring the school grounds behind the school to the front in
the form of a mural. The intention was to have an immediate
impact on the parents and children about the essence of the
school and the things they do to make it a rich learning
environment. This includes the secret garden, pond area,
vegetable plots and the chickens. The children learned a great
deal about the techniques used in painting a mural and it will
also be used to stimulate writing, drama and poetry.