We all had to learn art at school, and for some, it can be the starting point of their creative ventures. But of course, with a class full of other students, it can be hard for budding artists and creatives to get the encouragement or advice that they need from their teachers. This is where after-school clubs can come into their own; away from the hustle and bustle of a lesson, young artists can receive some one-to-one from their teachers and express their own creativity aside from the national curriculum. In addition to this, after-school clubs can improve confidence and self-belief; two vital components for creatives.
This is something I came across whilst at school myself; my English teacher at Year Nine helped improve my writing ability and brought out my creative side. Looking back, I believe that this was where my love of writing began, and when I decided to take my writing further.
Schools can also provide opportunities for young creatives to host their early exhibitions and get a taste of speaking to the general public about their work, in a similar way that the Collective Vision Exhibition I visited in June helped Coventry University's final year photography students. Giving young creatives these opportunities early can help their talent flourish.
With the back to school period well underway, the next generation of creative talent could be on the horizon.