As part of their Young Arts involvement in the local community The Arts Society Reigate, contributed £500 to towards the costs of Furzefield Primary School for their trip to TATE Modern during the Summer Term in 2018. Ann Tompkin, our Young Arts Representative, accompanied 78 children and 9 adults on the day.

The children really loved the experience, as a lot of them had never been to London before let alone an art allery. Although the main focus was the art, the children learnt so much more than that, they learnt how to behave in a gallery and appreciate different perspectives. For example, how to walk, how to talk, what to do, etc.

Quotes from children:

“I didn’t realise there were so many types of art.”

“My favourite was the technology, it was amazing to see how radios had changed so much over the years”.

“When you walk around a Gallery you have to be really careful because the paintings have alarms on them, you also have to whisper.”

“I enjoyed the Abstract Art because it was fun having to try to guess what it was about before I read the description; I was like a detective.”

“My favourite part was going to the Observation Deck and sketching the skyline. I hadn’t realised that St. Paul’s Cathedral was so massive!”

“I can’t believe that I have seen the actual Millennium Bridge that I saw in The Harry Potter Movie of The Half Blood Prince!” 

A few days after what was a very exciting visit full of enthusiasm and wonder on the part of the children, Ann was invited to join one of the classes as they carried out follow-up art work back at school. Technology plays a major part in the learning of the children. They all had access to laptops and used Google to research the suggested artists and paintings. They selected works which interested them and were able to enlarge the images in order to see the brushwork and use of colour.

Many thanks to Year 6 class teacher Christine Walker for her inspirational and motivational teaching. Some of the photographs were on display at the July Lecture where we held a Young Arts Raffle and raised over £100.00 which will further support Young Arts funding by The Arts Society Reigate.

The Head Teacher, Mrs Chrysanthou, wrote ‘Please thank the Committee and Members of The Arts Society Reigate – your donation was greatly appreciated and enabled many pupils to experience something wonderful which they wouldn’t have had a opportunity to ever do. Best Wishes.’