In 2018 the BBC found that an estimated 90% of schools reported cutting back on lesson time, staff or facilities in at least one creative arts subject. We increasingly see government reforms prioritise core academic subjects and this is causing creative subjects to be squeezed out of schools. This leads to an unbalanced curriculum and could impact on your child’s well-being and future career prospects.
At Future Creatives, our main agenda is supporting the next generation of creative kids and teenagers in exploring their creativity outside of the classroom and helping teenagers develop their skills for GCSEs, A-levels and beyond.
Face-to-face art classes
We believe that young people should have access to an inspirational creative education and have the opportunity to explore their artistic ambitions. This is why we are bringing Future Creatives to young people across the UK, to fill the gap in high-quality structured art and design education and help pave the way for the next generation of professional creatives.
Future Creatives courses provide high quality art, design and communications that foster creativity and well-being in young people by allowing them to explore individual ideas and express themselves within a like-minded creative community. We teach the knowledge and skills to give young learners the confidence to follow a career or further study in the arts.
This new generation will be equipped with the skills to generate new ideas that drive positive change. We do this because we believe that the arts can have a positive impact on young people's lives now and for the future; and because the world needs creativity…
If you are looking for something creative for your kids to do at home, we have the answer!
Our live online art classes provide an exceptional creative education with practical learning through engaging activities. We offer a range of classes including; short art and design classes covering a different exciting project each session, support to help you reach higher grades with your GCSE and A level portfolios, and specialist classes in visual merchandising and drawing techniques.
Some advice for aspiring creatives
Our Future Creatives tutors are a wealth of knowledge. They are experienced industry professionals, who provide fun and engaging courses covering everything from cartooning and sculpture to graphics and screen printing.
We regularly catch up with them to chat about their creative practices and their advice for future creatives.
Lydia Brockless teaches in our art and design classes for 7 to 17 year olds after school in Tonbridge and the Tunbridge Wells area.
"Just keep at it. In being a creative person, you have something no-one else has, and you need to find time to practice and really get to know your work. In career terms, don't feel like you have to just go and do one thing for your whole life. Find opportunities to build your skill set and offer creativity in everything you do. There is no right or wrong way to be an artist; you might do jobs that don't feel like they've got anything to do with art, but you'll still always be an artist.
Also, don’t just go to galleries to find inspiration for your work; the whole world is full of people, places and things which can spark ideas and provide all sorts of triggers for creative thinking. If something means something to you, make art about it!"
Read Lydia's full interview here.
Roger Healey-Dilkes teaches 11-17 year-olds after school class in Cambridge:
“Draw draw draw, all day long! Scribble on things, be experimental. Don’t beat yourself up about what it looks like and have fun.
Go and see some art. The world is better in this respect for new generations because when I grew up we didn’t have Instagram and the internet. But you can access amazing artists’ work, and even have conversations with them. Harness the power of that thing in your pocket. Draw, paint, make and do, find out what you’re good at and come to a Future Creatives course!”
Read Roger's full interview here.
Did you know we have a wide range of online courses for teenagers ? Check out how online short courses can help develop your practice here.
Are you curious about how an online course works? Find out what you need to take part here.