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Following our sponsorship of RAMM in 2016 and 2017, The Arts Society Exeter sponsored a new practical course in Autumn 2018. This was a weekly Saturday morning club allowing children aged 8 – 12 to explore different art forms in RAMM’s collections, using handling objects for inspiration and creativity. Each week offered something different, so if a child missed a week or two they were able to pick it up again on their return. Over the seven weeks each child worked towards an Arts Award Explore, a nationally recognised qualification aimed at this age group. Arts Award is a national organisation promoting art for youngsters up to the age of 25, for more detailed information visit: www.artsaward.org.uk 

So popular was this workshop that the club was run again this Autumn. A practising artist, also an Explore Arts Award Adviser, led the club, assisted by RAMM volunteers. It met on six consecutive Saturday mornings, with a break in the middle, each session lasting two and a half hours, 10.15am – 12.45pm. This year the children were shown some Japanese hand-puppets in the galleries, were then assisted in drawing out their own puppet outline onto card, adding sticks to make a few parts moveable. The children then moved these behind a screen
with back-lighting to produce their own puppet show, on their last Saturday, to the delight of their parents.


TAS Exeter sponsored the Art Club by providing the Course Booklet and the Arts Award Certificate, as well as various materials, with a grant of £500. This is one way in which we aim to encourage art in our city, supporting youngsters in exploring the world of art and at the same time providing some financial support for our city’s fine museum.