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Background to the Directors, Carol Havard, education, motivation and Art Techniques service history.
Tom Dove, Carol’s father, started the Museum Loan Service in 1962, a year before Carol was born. Education principles, philosophy and opportunities were very much part of Carol’s childhood experiences. Carol watched adults engage children in the Art and loved every minute of it as her fathers colleagues were Art Advisers. Her mother, Joan Dove, a Potter encouraged the use of clay. Her childhood passion for creativity was nurtured by both parents who were both Art Trained at Wolverhampton Art College. They introduced creative materials for play throughout her childhood. All very helpful early years start for developing a career as a Community Artist and Creative Specialist.
Carol knew she wanted to work with people and Art. Carol did a foundation in Art and Design at Brighton Poly before starting full time employment at Fort Newhaven. Whilst working there she began volunteering for the local Youth Centre and took a training course about the new technology at the time Video. Carol took a Brunnel University Course to become a p/t Youth Support Worker. She specialised as a Arts Youth Worker enabled creativity to be useful to engage vulnerable and disaffected young people. She worked for ESCC and Brighton and Hove for a total of 25 years as a Youth Support Worker. Carol was also working for 15 years with the ESCC Art and Museum Service. Working on museum loan constructions, assisting and facilitating training sessions for Teachers and Master Classes with Specialist Teachers from secondary and university. She was involved in exhibitions of primary and 6th form work at the Gardeners Arts Centre and the Grand Parade, Brighton University and ran Twilight training for teachers.
Art Techniques was originally launched in 1984 by the County Art Adviser Grant Jones, a very inspirational man. When Grant retired Judy Grahame, the then Advisory Teacher for Art and Design, continued to line manage the Art Techniques in Schools Service. Carol’s background as a Part Time Arts Youth Work for ESCC and experience at organising activities for ASC, Play Schemes has given her a broad and flexiable approach to working with people. Many projects at: Newhaven Youth Centre, The Joff Youth Centre, Peacehaven and Portslade Village Centre in her 20’sand 30’s, enabled her to understand motivating children and Young People.
Five years as an ‘Out of School Hours Learning’ programmes coordinator at Oakwood School, line managed by the then Head Teacher Bill Elms, gave Carol chance to write programmes of Creative Learning. A commitment to engaging and unlock potential in children and young people through expressive opportunities which has been valued and keeps the service going.
Start Art and Smart Art is a service Carol launched in 1997. She facilitated with a small team at the Hillcrest community Centre where Carol watched her mother teach Ceramics and Jewellery as a child. The club is a space for creativity to be explored for 5-18 year ages. These sessions have been an opportunity to offer strong connections and commitment to her local community.
For three years Carol worked as the coordinator for a part time Play Project in Portslade, the ethos Social, Physical, Intellectual, Creative and Emotional development of children has been the focus, SPICE for short. She coordinates teenagers and a small staff team to arrange clubs in school and school holiday projects. She also used creative skill to work as a Learning Mentor for young children with issues at school that threaten their education or puts them at the risk of exclusion.
As a young person herself, on leaving school, Carol took a Foundation in Art and Design at Brighton Poly and became Graphic Designer and Entertainment Assistant for Fort Newhaven in 1982. At this time she started volunteering at the local Youth Centre and started music and video projects with Barefoot Video. This led her to take Brunel University Qualification in Youth Work. She became a mother and married in 1986. She worked with Social Services on Columbus the Play Bus, After School Clubs arts and sports activities, Coordinating Play Schemes and supporting vulnerable young people.
She attended numerous training sessions taking her deeper into creative work, for children and young people through positive activities and Out of School Hour learning. She tutored on the Children’s’ University in Brighton and Hove for many projects.
She was encouraged in her own work when Ursula Mommens, Potter and Darwin’s grand daughter, offered her a studio to work towards a solo exhibition. Her work sold well in that exhibition. Carol has participated in a number of exhibitions and open houses in the Brighton Festival and Art Wave and most recently ‘ Summer by the Sea’ Exhibition held at the Hillcrest Community Centre.
In 2011 Carol completed the ‘My Creativiry, Your Creativity’ University course tutored by Sara Clifford from Inroads and Creative Partnerships. This has led to workshops for Zap Arts from Brighton working with Generic Vapour, The Port, The Beast and The Traveller and also ‘Home Fires’ a story about WW1. Work has recently engaged Blind Vetrans UK and a two year project working at Clifden House residental care home.
This experience has put her in a unique position to work closely alongside other professionals giving thousands of individuals’ cultural and creative opportunities that can help them excel including the most gifted and talented and the most vulnerable or disadvantaged. Her work is inclusive and challenging boosting children’s self-esteem.
Jan Murphy ESCC and Peter Tremholm Brighton and Hove, both head of Youth Service Departments, line managed Carol on a broad host of project working in informal education settings with a wide range of child and young people in person centred creative initiatives meeting the Every Child Matters agenda. These projects always engaging learning through creative mediums and develop life skills. She has been employed by Cluster Schools and Creative Partnerships Changing Schools. This web site show some of the images from projects over many years. We hope you enjoy looking.
A CV is available on request.
Extended School. We run established weekly Extended School sessions and have a wealth of experience with learning outside curriculum time.
Start Art and Smart Art runs during term time at the Hillcrest Community Centre and has been offering local children and teenagers fun learning programmes since 1995.
Holiday Learning has been established successful with Art Technique sessions in the school holidays for organisations including: Family Learning with East Sussex County Council and Sussex Community Association and Youth Support Centre at The Village Centre, Portslade. Play Team Projects, Holiday Play Schemes and Community Family and Children Projects ‘Soup and Stomp’ Active For Life Team. Fort Newhaven.
Resource Annex. We have a Resource Annex to store and prepare equipment, materials and resources for preparation as part of the planning for your visit. We own and share equipment you may not have access to.
Service Van. We also have a service van fitted out to transport all that is needed to your door. Our office is based in Newhaven, East Sussex.
Service Office and Studio. A fully operational office/studio backs up the work of Art Techniques with space to organise the best learning resources and materials for your project. Our facilities include desk top printing, lamination and photographic equipment and programmes, resource pack assembly, as well as website updates which include extensive galleries of projects’. We employ the services of Macaulay Accountants and IT Support from Tongue Ties Media.
The Service.We have Public Liability Insurance, CRB checked staff, Pedeatric First Aid Qualification.