Dan 12, Jim and Clara 9 (The Trinders!) have been coming to IAF for what feels like forever! They are a fantastic bunch and always a great asset to any art project they get involved in. We love them! Eleanor, our Director of Art and their sometimes teacher had a chat with them about what they get up to here...
Jim, Dan and Clara 2016
What do you usually do at IAF?
Dan: We usually go to holiday workshops! Jim and Clara go to an art club every Tuesday.
What's your favourite thing about IAF?
Jim: My favourite thing is the holiday workshops, you make a big project all together over a week.
Dan: Yes, I agree, when everything comes together it's very satisfying.
Clara: My favourite is Tuesday art club, because you can bring things to show and every time you come you get to do something different for the project!
How long have you been coming to IAF?
Dan: We have all been coming since we were 4 or 5, and joined ArtStart on a Saturday morning.
Tell us what IAF means to you?
Clara: It's somewhere to come when you don't have anything else to do.
Dan: It's one of the fun things to do over the holiday!
Jim: Because we are having building work done at home, an extension, this is a place we can come if we don't have anything to do at home.
Who is your favourite Artist/Artwork?
Clara: My grandmother Wendy Trinder.
Jim: I like the art works that we have done here, my favourite was the Mr Hoppity sculpture from the Easter Workshop, that was the greatest thing I ever did, that was fun!
Dan: I agree with Jim, it was Mr Hoppity!
Tell us something about IAF that might surprise people.
Clara: In December we have an exhibition of everything we have done in the year and the Mayor comes.
The Trinders with the Mayor at MakeArt 2016
MakeArt, our annual children's exhibition, is definitely one of our favourite times of year. We get all our tutors and students together in one place and have a glass of kid friendly punch or parent friendly mulled wine, a mince pie or 2 and celebrate all their creativity and hard work and the Mayor of Islington comes, just look at those robes!
Check out some pics from the night.
Dave Poyser, Mayor of Islington, opening the event
What a talented lot of artists! We can't wait to see what the new term brings in January!
Hooray! It's that time of year again, MakeArt Exhibition! Our annual celebration of all the art work that our young artists produce throughout the year was as fab as ever. Here are some pictures of the night.
The work will be up until the New Year so still plenty of time to check out their hard work!
We are so excited to start planning our annual dance show Montage this week!
Every year at the end of our summer term we put on a dance showcase performance called Montage. All our children and adult dance classes are invited to perform and it is always great fun, and a wonderful way for all our hard working dancers to show friends and family what they have been up to.
As we started to plan we had a little look back at last years show, and we are still blown away by the brilliance of the dancers. Here are a few of our favourite pics from last year
Level 3 Contemporary - Frenzy
Hana Saotome - Rain
Hana teaches our children's Ballet and Contemporary classes and is a professional contemporary dancer
Adult Ballet - Ragtime Ballet
Intro Ballet - Goodnight Sweetheart
Children's Ballet Company - The Stolen Curl
Level 1 Contemporary - Eastern Standard Time
Level 3 Ballet - Waltz of the Hours
Aren't they fab? No wonder we are so excited!
Our Children's showcase exhibition is always such a highlight of the Arts Factory year. Just before Christmas the air and our galleries are filled with excitement as we hang all the fantastic creations our young people have worked so hard on. Every year we are completely blown away by the talent and creativity that springs to life as our Director of Art, Eleanor Pearce, curates the show. Today we have been hanging paintings, just a puppet theatre and an 8 foot ceramic tree to go. Its going to look so fab by Friday!
This years exhibition is even more special, because not only do we have great work from our outreach projects at Tufnell Park and Hugh Myddleton Primary Schools, but at the opening on Friday there will be an extra special performance of Gothic Gargoyles by our Children's Contemporary Company around the showcase Creepy Castle sculpture. And Islington Mayor Richard Greening will be officially opening the exhibition.
It promises to be a great event, but if you can't make it the work will be on show until we close for Christmas on 23rd December
4th - 23rd December 2015
Private view 6.30 - 8.30pm 4th December 2015
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