Young Arts started in 1973, it provides exciting opportunities for children and young people to expand their horizons through their involvement in creative arts activities. We aim to inspire young people with a lasting enthusiasm for the arts and an awareness of our arts heritage and its conservation. Our activities may include hands on workshops with expert tuition, themed craft days and visits to artist's studios, galleries, museums and historic houses.

 One of the aims of The Arts Society (previously NADFAS) is to encourage the arts amoung young people and we try to do something specific each year.

For 2018/19 we have funded two projects.  

St Mary's School, Rickmansworth. A clay poppy memorial structure to celebrate 100 years since tthe  end of WW1. One poppy made by each pupil (180 in total) to be displayed outside the school.

St Meryl School, South Oxhey

St Meryl school in South Oxhey has completed a living willow project in the school grounds. They invited artist Anji Archer who spent a few days at the school. Prior to building,  Anji encouraged the year five children to chalk-out ideas on the playground as part of work on and discussion around journeys and shelters. Two structures  were constructed, both made of planted willow and as such are living structures. Once the willow starts to grow leaves they will become beautiful, growing and constantly evolving structures within which the children can play and shelter. These beautiful permanent structures will benefit pupils for years to come. Not only did the children learn about structures, design, planting living things, weaving, construction etc. they also had to work closely as a team, sharing ideas and helping each other out.


The willow structures have been tidied up and put 'to bed' for the winter by Diane  and Frances.

More photos will follow as they  grow each year.


Some photos of the poppies are shown in the Gallery section, details of the completed project will be here soon.

Committee contact Diane Hynd.