Over recent years Colchester Decorative and Fine Arts Society has supported various projects in and around Colchester. These have ranged from working with the Ipswich and Colchester Museum service to funding artists to go into schools to run workshops for children from their first years of schooling to their final year of Secondary schooling.
In 2015 we have funded an artist, Kate Reynolds, who is an experienced ceramicist to run two workshops for St Helena Colchester’s year 10 students who were interested in furthering their skills in the art of glazing techniques. At Holy Trinity School, Eight Ash Green, the school bought art materials and chose to have a one day workshop with artist Karenza Jackson who specialises in printmaking. For the past two years an Art Therapist called Amanda McLauchlan has worked with young adults to facilitate communication of children’s thoughts and feelings through art. She also works at the St Helena Hospice.
Previously we have supported Broomgrove Infant School Wivenhoe by using the artist Lisa-Temple-Cox to support projects linked in to the School’s curriculum. Lisa also worked in Colchester Castle Museum, funded by our Society, over two days during the Chinese exhibition. This was open to local children visiting the museum to spend some time decorating paper plates in the style of a Chinese plate.
We have given St Helena Hospice Colchester money to buy art materials over many years to benefit the children and young adults who are coping with bereavement.
The support that our Society gives in the furtherance of art appreciation and skills is always most welcome by those that we support. If you know of any other group of young people who would benefit from our sponsorship please speak to any member of the committee.
Becoming a volunteer
If you would like to be involved in Young Arts activities, please contact a member of the committe or fill in this form, which indicates the many different ways you can help your society with your skills, enthusiasm and talents.The success of Colchester DFAS depends on its members.