In 2021, during the Covid 19 pandemic when our nation was in lockdown and children were being ‘home schooled’, our Society supported an enthusiastic teacher from the Art and Textile Department at Penryn College to run an ‘at home’ on-line Fashion Illustration Course/Competition for Key Stage 3 pupils (11 – 14 years).
We provided the funding to allow the students to receive a Fashion Illustration Resource Pack. Each week a selection of art materials, which supported them through the online course, were delivered to the homes of the participating students.
At the end of the course, the winning student from each year group received a personalised prize trophy. Each trophy was engraved with the student’s name and The Arts Society Falmouth logo. These were presented to the winning students at the beginning of term in September 2021. Due to the continuing restrictions, there was a simple socially distanced event, outside in an amphitheatre in the College grounds.
A note from the Art Teacher read: “Thank you so much for supporting this project, it has made such a difference to our students. At a time when young people find it difficult to aspire to a creative career and find art a therapeutic way to overcome mental health issues that are so evident in young teenagers after the recent lockdown. I was delighted with the response from those wishing to take part and impressed with the high quality of all the entries”.
Members of this Society were equally impressed and delighted by the dedication of the College staff and the commitment shown by the students.