Students turn tutors to inspire children through art
Art students will become tutors for the day as they run creative workshops for North Staffordshire schoolchildren at Stoke-on-Trent College.
Up to 200 children from Moorpark Junior School, Burslem, are expected at a special Speight of the Art Day on Thursday (23 February).
The Speight of the Art Foundation was established in memory of former artist and TV presenter Mark Speight.
The charity which encourages youngsters throughout the UK to take part in art is based in Newcastle-under-Lyme and is run by Mark’s father, Oliver Speight.
Speight of the Art has teamed up with the performing arts centre at Stoke-on-Trent College’s Burslem Campus to put on the day of workshops.
“Speight of the Art works with thousands of youngsters across to UK to seek out artistic talent in children and to encourage them to use their skills as a means of self expression and motivation,” said Oliver Speight, who founded the charity in memory of his son.
“The workshop at Stoke on Trent College is an extension of that in that we will not only be encouraging children to develop their talents getting them to work with the creative students at Stoke on Trent College,”.
“In turn, this will help the students to develop their talents as mentors and teachers raising their aspirations and helping them to perhaps work towards a career in the arts.”
Mr Speight added: “Our workshops inspire children and work for the good of the community by giving them an outlet in art.”
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