Future Creatives - St Albans - 11 to 17 year olds
We’ve launched Future Creatives St Albans for kids and teenagers who love art but aren’t getting enough time for creativity in the school timetable or at home. The world needs creativity, but cuts to schools are hitting arts budgets hard. That’s where we come in.
Whichever type of class you choose, Future Creatives is your chance to get stuck in to a multidisciplinary project, enabling the exploration of a wide range of art and design techniques and the creation of a portfolio of work.
No two courses are the same, with our expert teachers delivering new content and fresh new concepts for every single class. Previous classes have covered everything from punk-inspired weaving and sketching to portrait painting and performance, and there’s plenty more unique sessions in the pipeline. Whatever the project, you can rest assured that your Future Creatives course will be wide-ranging, inspiring and dynamic, with learners free to experiment and create their own unique pieces of work - avoiding the dull cutting-and-sticking and inflexibility of many traditional arts and crafts clubs.
Alongside the hands-on learning, our teachers, who have been specially selected by the University for their industry experience and expertise, weave in art theory to contextualise the practical work being undertaken and deepen our learners’ understanding.
Future Creatives classes provide a supportive environment in which students can explore their creativity, develop their work and build their confidence, all while making new friends. At completion of the course, students will receive a certificate to recognise the skills and techniques they’ve tried out during the classes.
Our after school classes run once a week during term time and provide the opportunity to get creative and experimental outside the confines of the classroom.
At our weekend art classes you can join us for 3 hours each Saturday for a weekly dose of art and design. Students will learn a plethora of techniques and have a great portfolio of work by the end of the course.
During half terms and holidays we run intensive week-long art and design courses. Here, learners immerse themselves in a creative art project under the guidance of our expert teachers, and produce a multidisciplinary portfolio by the end of the course. We also hold standalone day classes for our younger learners.
Our taster sessions allow you to get a taste of what our superb evening, weekend and holiday art classes for kids have to offer – all for free!
Outcomes of the completion of a Future Creatives course include:
- The development of a range of artistic techniques
- The creation of a high quality multidisciplinary portfolio of work, which might be included in applications for further art and design study
- Expert guidance on your creative practice as well as counsel on the next steps of your creative journey
- A better understanding of the requirements of art qualifications – our classes work towards many of the exam board assessment objectives for art GCSEs
- A new network of likeminded friends
- The development of soft skills like self-discipline and perseverance, and a confidence boost as you develop your abilities.
Who Should Attend
All levels of skill and experience are welcome – from absolute beginners who want to explore their creativity and learn the basics, to seasoned creatives who want to take their work to the next level.
Graduating from UAL’s Central Saint Martins with a BA(Hons) in Fashion and Textiles, Jill worked as a textile designer in the studios of GP & J Baker, Calver & Pound and Design Archive. Later becoming a freelance designer she worked to commission for Sanderson, Monkwell and Next as well as teaching modules on print design at Central Saint Martins.
For the last 15 years Jill has been art teacher at Sandingham School, teaching fine art and textiles for a wide range of age groups including GCSE and A level. She also has an independent business designing and making hand printed shirts, t-shirts and scarves.
Sarah Manning has over 20 years industry experience after working for retailers Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Marks & Spencer. Sarah has run her freelance business for over 12 years working for a selection of London based retail and department stores, as well as retail clients overseas - offering freelance services in Visual Merchandising training and consultancy. Her work includes planning and installing in-store promotions, consulting on product presentation and store layout principles, designing and installing window concepts.
Sarah teach’ s the online Visual Merchandising and Window Display courses for the UAL, as well as the short Visual Merchandising Courses for both London College of Fashion & Central Saint Martins.