Home Schooling Help for Dual Language Households

English-speaking parents struggling to get to grips with home-education for children who attend Welsh language schools will be interested to hear of a new free resource designed to support literacy and enjoyment of reading.

The Pont Project is delivered through a specially created app for smart phones and tablets. This makes it possible for mixed language households to have fun together, exploring short folk tales from Wales and Italy, featuring a cast of witches, giants and even the devil himself.

The project is the result of a collaboration between Welsh and Italian cultural organisations celebrating their bilingual heritage. The resources are also available in Italian and Occitan (an indigenous language still spoken in Northern Italy and in parts of France and Spain).

Kate Strudwick, Creative Director of Valleys-based community arts organisation Head4Arts explained:

“The project initially involved Ysgol y Lawnt and Upper Rhymney primary schools in Caerphilly and took place earlier this year, with Italian schools joining in the autumn. However, with the current Coronavirus lockdown it seems like a good idea to open out the project, so that other young people and families can benefit”.

The texts are all contained within the app, but there are other ways to access the material, including through performances recorded by Welsh storyteller, Tamar Eluned Williams.

The project is supported by Arts Council of Wales and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cuneo.

Full details of how to get involved can be accessed through Head4Arts (info@head4arts.org.uk)

Get Creative with Head4Arts

Over the past few months, Head4Arts has been busy reconfiguring its programme of work to ensure that we are able to continue to offer fun, imaginative, professionally led participatory arts activities that can be enjoyed at home.

The programme includes the following key elements, with
plenty of opportunities to get involved during this period of isolation:

Head4 Happiness

Head4Arts continue to host regular online activities, taking place via Zoom.

Activities currently on offer:

Celtic Café, intergenerational music group, Wednesdays 16.30 – 18.30 (with the first 45 minutes focusing on teaching beginners)

Singalong with Ali Shone, Thursdays 12.30 – 13.45

For details on how to join in send us a message via social
media or email info@head4arts.org.uk

Keep an eye on our website and social media pages for information and further activities.

Head4 Learning
Head4Arts is currently offering families and schools the opportunity to take part in the Pont Project – an international literacy project that uses folk tales from Wales and Italy as a way of increasing enjoyment of reading and connecting with other readers through a new app, Betwyll – send us an email to find out more!

Feeling crafty? Head4Arts has compiled a selection of how-to films on their YouTube channel

Head4 Opportunities

We have been working with freelance arts practitioners to create a series of social media “artist takeovers” showcasing and celebrating their work and contributions to Head4Arts.  Want to learn more?! Click here.

Head4 Health

Head4Arts has been working with voluntary organisations to offer creative experiences for individuals who may not have access to the internet, for example through providing “craft packs” containing materials and instructions to be included in community doorstep drop-off initiatives. Find out more about this scheme here.

Head4 The Future

Head4Arts celebrated Earth Hour online this year, our Earth Hour story and lantern making tutorial are still available to view here.

We hope you enjoy taking part in some of the above activities, we would love to see your photos and videos of you getting involved. Tag us on social media with #H4AMakes or email us with your creations!

Keep Calm and Get Creative

With arts events and activities being put on hold for the forseeable future, the creative community has responded with positivity and
flexibility by offering online activities, entertainment and support networks that people can engage with from home.   

We have started to compile a list of these fantastic initiatives and hope that this is a useful resource for you to maintain your creativity and stay connected during these unprecedented times. 

We hope to continue to build on this list – please let us know about any creative activity you are offering so we can share with others, contact us via Facebook / Twitter or by email: info@head4arts.org.uk  

Head4Arts Online Activities
Head4Arts’ regular online activities will be taking place via Zoom at the following times:

Celtic Café Intergenerational Music
Group

Wednesdays: 4.30-6pm

Singalong with Ali Shone
Thursdays: 12.30-1.45pm

We would love you to join us – send us a message or contact info@head4arts.org.uk for details on how to take part.

Head4Arts Online Resources: 
 
How to make an origami butterfly 
 
Make a lantern for Earth Hour with Cindy Ward: Part 1, Part 2
 
Earth Hour story The Library of Life written and narrated by Tamar Eluned Williams with illustrations by Andy O’Rourke 

Pont Project – Stories released every Tuesday via Facebook Live and available to view on Head4Arts YouTube

Other Online Resources:
(please note that these are not affiliated with Head4Arts – please see individual link for further information) 

Artis Community – providing daily activities

Caerphilly Arts Development – Lockdown Creative Project – an invitation to creatively respond to a theme each week

Jukebox Collective – a programme of online hip hop dance classes, contact hello@jukeboxcollective.com for more information

Literature Wales with Tamar Eluned Williams – Story Cauldron / Crochan Stori, a bilingual Home Storytelling Kit for families. 

RCT Theatres – daily activities

 Pili Pala Arts Wales – Over 50’s Dance with Beth Ryland

Fiona’s Energy Moves Online – Nia Dance with Fiona Winter 

Huw Aaron – Daily Welsh Language drawing tutorials for children

Goldies Mini Sing & Smile sessions every Thursday on their Facebook page

I’m Thinking of You Cymru –  A series of artworks commissioned to explore, communicate, or try to make sense of the world as it is right now.

Sofa Stage Wales – Facebook TV Chanel – Regular performances to watch with opportunities for creatives to sign up to contribute 

Upbeat Music and Arts – bang your drum campaign – learn the keyworker samba

Ballet Cymru – Daily online tutorials with company dancers

Louby Lou’s Storytelling 

Storytelling Friday Facebook Page – Hosted by Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival

 Cardiff Animation Festival – Quick Draw Animation Challenge 

Hijinx Online Festival – a free festival of theatre and film

Theatr Iolo – List of free creative resources for children and parents

National Theatre Wales – a new digital programme of work, including play readings and opportunities to create live theatre in digital spaces

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru – a new programme offering digital Welsh-language cultural experiences

National Theatre at Home – watch NT plays on YouTube. A new play is released every Thursday and available to watch for a week.

Sherman Theatre – Interval, an evolving series of projects designed to promote new writing and support the artistic and freelance community 

National Dance Company Wales – Dance from home  

PHRAME Wales  – Instagram takeovers for photographers 

Creative Cardiff – list of creative resources 

Great British Home Chorus – music group for singers and instrumentalists  
 
Noel Fielding Art Club   
 
64 Million Artists #CreatetoConnect – daily creative challenges 

The Sofa Singers  – mass singing group 
 
Google Arts & Culture – Visit international museums from your home 

Artful resources to keep kids entertained and educated at home  

Whats on Stage – a list of plays, musicals and opera that can be streamed online for free

The Show Must Go On – stream Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals on YouTube. A new musical is released every Friday and available for 48 Hours

Tate Kids – Ideas for art projects at home, view galleries and explore artists

Online Support for the Arts Community 

Arts Council Wales 

Crafts Council Online Support 

Arts Professional Microsite for Covid 19 

Celebrating Earth Hour at Home

Although our Earth Hour events won’t be going ahead as planned this year, there are still plenty of ways that you can mark Earth Hour at home and digitally connect with others to share your support for the planet. 

A key focus of Head4Arts’annual Earth Hour activities is encouraging families and individuals to make a “planet pledge” – a small lifestyle change that you can make to help reduce your impact on the environment.  This could include eating less meat, using your car less, remembering to take re-useable bags when you go shopping or refusing plastic cutlery.  What could your planet pledge be this year?

Why not make your planet pledge into a craft project – you can display it in your home to help you remember what you have promised.  Some ideas include:

*Write your pledge on the wing of an origami butterfly (see our origami butterfly tutorial here)

*Decorate a stone from your garden with your pledge using paint or permanent markers

*Adding your pledge to a lantern (lantern tutorial to be released shortly)

Earth Hour is an annual event where WWF encourages people to turn their lights off to call attention to climate change.  This year, Earth Hour will be taking place between 8.30 – 9.30pm on Saturday 28th March.  Keep an eye on our Facebook page where we will be posting an online tutorial from Cindy Ward showing how you can make a simple lantern which can be used when you join others around the world to switch your lights off during Earth Hour.
 
We will also be posting a special Earth Hour themed night-time story that is suitable for all ages, written and narrated by Tamar Eluned Williams with beautiful illustrations by Andy O’Rourke.   The story, which has been inspired by ideas contributed by pupils from Bryn Bach Primary School, will be released at 7pm on Saturday 28th March. 

We hope you will be able to take part in any of the above activities.  During these difficult times, we need more than ever to connect with each other and inspire hope for the future.

We would love to see photos of art work you have created, hear what you thought of the story and find out what planet pledges you have made – please post them on our social media pages so we can share them with others.

We would like to thank WWF Cymru for their continued support in funding H4A’s Earth Hour outreach activities and the story development.  

Covid 19

As a result of the ongoing health emergency, Head4Arts has decided that it is everyone’s best interests if we suspend all our community outreach activities until further notice. This also means cancelling our Earth Hour events planned for 28 March.

This does not mean that Head4Arts is not operating. Instead, we will be focusing our energies on reconfiguring our programme to include more online activities and other ways of delivering our work that does not involve face-to-face contact.

We want to find creative ways of filling those long days of social distancing / isolation and also to support the large number of freelance artists who are currently find themselves without any work.

Please follow us on Facebook and keep an eye on our website for more information

You can contact us via email as per usual and our office is still open for the time being. We are following advice from Public Health Wales and if circumstances change, we are able to work from home.

info@head4arts.org.uk                              
01495 357815/6

kate.strudwick@head4arts.org.uk           

bethan.lewis@head4arts.org.uk              

@Head4Arts (Facebook)    @Head4arts (Twitter)