Local secondary school pupils got a taste of life in the media and design industry recently when they attended a creative arts taster day at the Thurrock Campus of South Essex College.
Over 50 creative minded pupils from Grays school and Media arts College and St. Cleres took part in three interactive workshops including photography and graphics, printmaking and costume design.
The costume design workshop saw students armed with a variety of paper, pins, scissors and staplers, and their creativity tested as they attempted to create a dress that wouldn’t look out of place on Lady Gaga.
The Grays School pupil, Kieran Lintott, 13, from Grays said: “Today has been really fun, although I admit I was a bit apprehensive before the costume design workshop, once we got going I really enjoyed it. It’s helped me recognise what I really enjoy doing which will be helpful when it comes to choosing my GCSE options soon.”
The art, media and design ‘Have a Go!’ event was one of a series of schools conferences run in conjunction with WorldSkills, the world’s largest skills competition which was hosted by London in October 2011. South Essex College is delivering the workshops as part of the WorldSkills ‘Have a Go’ campaign to give one million people across the UK the chance to Have a Go and try a new skill. Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), the events aim to develop local young people’s knowledge of training on offer and career opportunities for the future.
John Seal, Head of Careers at the Grays School commented: “Experience days like this are just as valuable as English and Maths as they can unlock the huge amount of potential that the pupils possess. These types of funded events can really help to plant seeds that open our young people’s minds to future careers.”