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RGU to share free online workshops to mark World Art Day

By Alan Beresford

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FOR World Art Day, Robert Gordon University (RGU) is sharing free access to a series of practical online arts workshops to help spread the development and enjoyment of art in the north-east.

RGU is sharing free online workshops for World Art Day.
RGU is sharing free online workshops for World Art Day.

Each year, on April 15, World Art Day reinforces the links between art and society. It encourages diversity of artistic expression and shows how culture can pave the way for inclusive and equitable education.

Across the six sessions of free content, released weekly, anyone can now learn from a mix of expertise available at the top University in Scotland for Art (Guardian University Guide 2022). By sharing how, it is hoped that others will gain a greater appreciation for the process and even begin to share their own artistic expressions for others to enjoy.

The free programme covers a range of practical activities to try at home, including content on identity, mind-mapping, faces, stencils, and universal design challenges. It can be accessed from www.rgu.ac.uk/worldartday

Connor Anderson, RGU’s School Engagement Co-ordinator and lead for its widening access programme (ACES) says: “Everyone must start somewhere.

"This freely accessible programme could be the first practical experience of someone’s creative journey. Or, just as importantly, could be a way for people to better understand and appreciate the cultural works all around them.

“Art nurtures creativity, cultural diversity, and freedom of expression. It plays an important role in sharing ideas across our society and in cultures around the globe. If, by sharing this, we help just a few people to begin to take part in that process, then I think it is well worth doing.”

The six workshops were created by RGU as part of the Access to Creative Education Scotland (ACES) programme.

ACES, funded by the Scottish Funding Council, is aimed at secondary school pupils from disadvantaged, non-traditional, or underrepresented backgrounds who are applying to high-demand subject areas such as art. It provides pupils interested in studying Architecture and Built Environment or Art and Design with a practical insight into the subject areas.

Craig Ellis, a Senior Lecturer at RGU’s Gray’s School of Art, added: "The ACES programme has been running for 10 years.

"In that time, it has smoothed the path for many creative types who might not otherwise have had the confidence to apply to Art School.

“As an experience, getting into our studios and meeting our staff really helps to demystify the process of making and understanding art. Hopefully, these online projects will be the first steps for others to start that same journey."

RGU will also offer two versions of this programme to schools – one for schools in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, and another for schools outside the region.

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