About the Initiative
Inspire would be a charity run initiative, funded by Windsor & Newton and organised by the Tate. The focus would be to encourage creativity, problem solving, building confidence and self-esteem within primary school children, with the ambition to provide school children across the country with a foundation of creativity on which to build a long term relationship with the arts.
The initiative would start with a Tate run workshop at every school throughout the country, to introduce our ideas to the pupils and staff with a range of activities and exercises, assisted by local artists and secondary school pupils. The necessary supplies would be provided by Windsor & Newton, therefore not impacting on the schools already stringent budget.
A workshop environment is proven that peers have much more of an influence on a childs development and their future than that of parents or teachers. Therefore by having a workshop scenario, in a controlled environment, where all the pupils are doing the same activity, there is a reduced likelihood of peer pressure having a negative impact on an individuals wish to have an continuing interest in it. To further reduce the impact of peer pressure and to increase attentiveness, secondary school pupils would be drafted in to assist with the workshop. It is proven that by using older students, younger pupils are much more focused, compared to their normal teacher, and are influenced a lot less by their peers as they seek attention from the older, ‘cooler’ individual.
To further the ambition of increasing the level of arts in schools, the initiative would need teachers help to make a real difference. By introducing arts and creativity on a 'little and often' basis, the likelihood of a pupil continuing their relationship with the subject dramatically increases. The recommend 30 minutes of creative subjects every three days and are designed to encourage them to think creatively and the activities can be integrated with other subjects, such as story writing.
Creativity provides a foundation upon to build an interest in arts and culture at a later stage. By setting achievable tasks with restrictions to encourage creative thought rather than ability the children are more likely to succeed and be happy with their response to the exercise. This therefore increases confidence and familiarity with the subject, increasing the likelihood to participation later in their education thereby increasing the likelihood of a long term relationship with the arts.