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‘Picture Perfect’ at Greenfield Arts

posted by Sophie Lewis

Holiday activities have again been a great success at Greenfield Arts this summer with our ever-popular fun courses for young people.

The holiday season also brought something new for adults with a range of creative workshops led by talented artists. The sessions on offer have included exciting new activities such as glass fusing and one stroke painting and the return of our popular watercolour coffee morning led by artist Sarah Hill.

Why not join Elaine Vizor for our final summer holiday session and improve your camera skills. Elaine will be leading a digital photography session on Wednesday 30th August from 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm to see how perspective can help you get ‘picture perfect’ results. The workshop is just £10 per person, come along to this fun and friendly session and don’t forget your camera.

As the holidays come to an end we are pleased to announce our new Autumn Community Learning Programme is now available for bookings! It is full to the brim with creative opportunities for those looking to stay entertained in the dreary winter months or develop their professional skills. Digital Photography is one of our many popular Specialist Arts Courses, also including painting and digital skills, all suitable for varying abilities. This term we also look forward to the arrival of Thursday Masterclasses, where Greenfield Arts will be host to a different specialist arts masterclass twice a month on a Thursday. Not forgetting the return of our regular adult courses, including: Spanish, Yoga, Floral Art and many more.

You can now book all activities online through our website www.greenfield-arts.co.uk where you can also find more information our new Autumn Programme or call 01325 379048 to speak to our friendly team for further information.


Greenfield Arts Latest Exhibition

posted 15 Aug 2017, 06:19 by Sophie Lewis

‘In and Around Town’ by Mike Connell

Thursday 7th September – Wednesday 27th September 2017


Greenfield Arts invites you and the public to the preview of our latest exhibition by Mike Connell on Wednesday 6th September 6pm to 8pm.

The work on show depicts life in and around Newton Aycliffe. Mike describes his style as realistic but characterful and is based on his own observation and experience. Accompanying the exhibition is memorabilia and personal artefacts from Mike’s childhood growing up in Newton Aycliffe during the 50's and 60's, including items his parents received as some of the first families to move to the New Town.

This exhibition highlights the importance of art as a form of expression for people of all walks of life, offering a creative space where visitors can experience personal accounts of Newton Aycliffe’s local history. Mike will also be in attendance at the preview event to discuss and provide insight into his work with artworks for sale throughout the exhibition.

For more information on any of the information here, check out the website or speak with one of our lovely team members on 01325 379048 or info@greenfield-arts.co.uk.

Gallery Opening Times: Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm and Friday 10am – 4pm.


Fond Farewell to Greenfield Staff

posted 15 Aug 2017, 06:17 by Sophie Lewis

Greenfield Community College are very sad to be losing two senior members of staff this summer term as they move on to pastures new.

Head of School Chris Stonehouse joined Greenfield in 1990 and has been an integral part of the leadership team over the past 14 years. She began her career at Greenfield as history teacher and has been a very popular and well-respected member of staff throughout this time. During the past year Chris has been busy both at Greenfield and on secondment at education Durham and is now looking forward to a full-time career move, her talents and commitment will be truly missed.

Assistant Headteacher Jacqui Gibbs has also announced that she will be leaving this summer, Jacqui has enjoyed over twenty years service at Greenfield, joining as Head of the English Department in 1990. She has made a wonderful contribution to both academic and extra-curricular activities within the school, recently setting up a popular running club for staff and students. Jacqui is looking forward to enjoying a well-earned retirement although if her Wednesday evening running sessions are anything to go by its unlikely that she will be hanging up her trainers or enjoying quiet seclusion!

Staff at Greenfield organised a special celebration to enable staff to say goodbye and show their appreciation for the dedication they have shown to Greenfield Community College. David Priestley, Executive Headteacher was full of praise for his staff “Both members of staff are valued colleagues and have made a huge contribution to the life of our school, leaving a strong legacy that will ensure we can build a successful future.”

New Autumn Courses at Greenfield Arts

posted 4 Aug 2017, 07:54 by Sophie Lewis

We are pleased to announce our new Autumn Community Learning Programme is now available and is full to the brim with creative opportunities for those looking to stay entertained in the dreary winter months or develop their professional skills.

We look forward to the return of our regular adult courses, including: Spanish, Yoga and Floral Art as well as new art development opportunities, including Beginners and Advanced Painting and Photography courses. These courses will cover the basics and give you the chance to develop your own creative ideas under the guidance of professional artists. Our new Digital Skills course will also help those with a creative background, to take their work to the next level, with graphics and business development tuition, including a complimentary SHED membership to further develop skills and produce saleable material.

Creative Forum has flourished over the Summer and so we are opening new opportunities in the form of additional classes on evenings as well as masterclasses in silk painting, lino-cut printing, glass fusing and more.

We also look forward to the return of our after school activities for young people including: Young Yoga and Art Club. There is something for everyone of all ages and abilities, whether you are looking to get fit, improve wellbeing or develop your artistic talent, whatever level, we look forward to seeing you!

For all courses and events please book your place on our online course booking system on our 'Courses and Activities' page. If you would like any further information please contact our friendly team on 01325 379048 or email info@greenfield-arts.co.uk.


Greenfield Students Gain Respect

posted 4 Aug 2017, 07:52 by Sophie Lewis

Students at Greenfield Community College once again demonstrated their commitment to respecting the rights and well-being of others as they dedicated time to focus on a range of key issues.

The focus of this year’s ‘Rights Respecting Day’ was on positive mental health and wellbeing and each year group rose to the challenge to address specific issues within the brief.

Year 7 students were able to learn all about the role of food and exercise as part of healthy living. The sessions were led by ‘Foundation of Light’ and included workshops on diet and wellbeing, exercise and wellbeing and positive mental health.

The sessions involved students creating their own smoothies, learning practically how exercise can reduce stress and also how to look after their mental health. The Foundation works closely with our school across both campus on many projects and have developed excellent relationships with our young people and their sessions are well planned and delivered looking at a variety of sports ... not just football!

Year 8 students were able to learn primarily about the importance of sexual health and mental health. School nurses delivered sessions based around contraception, sex and relationships and consent. There was also very useful discussions and advice surrounding internet safety.

Students from Year 9 were involved in sessions raising awareness about drugs and alcohol and hate crime. There was also an excellent EAMH session ran by the brilliant ‘If You Care Share Foundation’ learning that "It's okay not to be okay" and that there is always a way. This gives awareness to students about issues such as suicide and is a session delivered from the heart through personal experience. The school counsellor was also involved to support the event.

Year 10 participated in sessions on ‘confident me’, relationships and consent and sexual health. They had a wealth of experience to draw upon as the session was delivered by the ‘Deric Youth Bus Project’ and Carl Bell, Sexual Health Practitioner as well as a visit from Emma Roebuck who talked about relationship issues within the LGBT+ community.






Free Family Fitness Bootcamp

posted 26 Jul 2017, 00:33 by Daniel Potts


Greenfield Arts Latest Exhibition

posted 25 Jul 2017, 08:44 by Sophie Lewis

Group exhibition by Colour your Life

Thursday 3rd August – Wednesday 30th August 2017

Greenfield Arts invites you to the preview of our latest exhibition by members of the Colour your Life art group on Wednesday 2nd August 6pm to 8pm.

The exhibition will showcase approximately 60 pieces of work produced by talented amateur artists, who all attend the Monday morning Colour your Life sessions at the Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe.

Colour your Life is a social prescribing project funded by Durham County Council and provides access to activities for the improvement of mental health and the development of emotional resilience.

Sonia Burn is a keen and talented artist and started as a volunteer, she is now employed by PCP to oversee the Monday member’s art group, she states that “There are so many talented people within our art group, this is a great opportunity to showcase their work and hopefully make them feel proud. Some pieces will be for sale and others will be temporarily borrowed from ‘pride of place’ in their homes. Colour your Life is not just about making art, it’s about making friendships and this exhibition shows the diversity of the artwork produced by the group.”

For more information on any of the information here, check out the website or speak with one of our lovely team members on 01325 379048 or info@greenfield-arts.co.uk.

Gallery Opening Times: Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm and Friday 10am – 4pm.


Celebration of Creative Achievement at Greenfield

posted 25 Jul 2017, 08:42 by Sophie Lewis

Greenfield Arts recently hosted a fantastic celebration event for the latest exhibition by the Greenfield Community College Young Interpreters, which was followed by the annual Arts Platform lead by students and staff of Greenfield Community College performing arts department. The night was a celebration of the talent and creativity amongst the students and is a great platform offering students the chance to show off their creative skills with pride.

The Young Interpreters are a group of year 11 students who have come together to engage more young people in the arts, by developing a better understanding of what it is students would like from The Greenfield Gallery and the opportunities it offers, whilst also working towards a Bronze Arts Award. Through this process the students have had the chance to experience art, take part in workshops, work with professional artists as well as lead and inspire other young people in being creative.

Based on the work developed through the Arts Award, the Young Interpreters have curated a variety of artworks from Greenfield Community College students to create the current exhibition, which is open from Monday 17th July – Wednesday 26th July. The exhibition includes the work of GCSE textiles students as well as expressive collage and textiles work by year 7, 8 and 9 students, as they felt all students should have a platform to display their work and a voice to express their feelings about it.

We were lucky enough to receive a visit from Councillor John Clare, who popped by to meet some of the young people involved in the exhibition. He was very impressed by the work and ideas that had gone into it, commenting that ‘All had enjoyed the experience, talked intelligently and meaningfully about the work, and it reminded me of the days when I used to be a teacher.’ Students spoke of the workshops they attended and how it made them feel free to voice their opinion whilst also offering them the space to be creative in their own way, particularly when going through tough times.

The Young Interpreters hope this exhibition, and all that has preceded it, will inspire other students to take up art GCSE and continue to get involved and develop the programme, once they have left. Come along, let your voice be heard and even take part in the activity!

For more information on any of the information here, check out the website www.greenfield-arts.co.uk or speak with one of our lovely team members on 01325 379048 or info@greenfield-arts.co.uk.

Gallery Opening Times: Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm and Friday 10am – 4pm.




Celebration of Creative Achievement at Greenfield

posted 19 Jul 2017, 10:35 by Sophie Lewis

Greenfield Arts recently hosted a fantastic celebration event for the latest exhibition by the Greenfield Community College Young Interpreters, which was followed by the annual Arts Platform lead by students and staff of Greenfield Community College performing arts department. The night was a celebration of the talent and creativity amongst the students and is a great platform offering students the chance to show off their creative skills with pride.

The Young Interpreters are a group of year 11 students who have come together to engage more young people in the arts, by developing a better understanding of what it is students would like from The Greenfield Gallery and the opportunities it offers, whilst also working towards a Bronze Arts Award. Through this process the students have had the chance to experience art, take part in workshops, work with professional artists as well as lead and inspire other young people in being creative.

Based on the work developed through the Arts Award, the Young Interpreters have curated a variety of artworks from Greenfield Community College students to create the current exhibition, which is open from Monday 17th July – Wednesday 26th July. The exhibition includes the work of GCSE textiles students as well as expressive collage and textiles work by year 7, 8 and 9 students, as they felt all students should have a platform to display their work and a voice to express their feelings about it.

The Young Interpreters hope this exhibition, and all that has preceded it, will inspire other students to take up art GCSE and continue to get involved and develop the programme, once they have left. Come along, let your voice be heard and even take part in the activity!

For more information on any of the information here, check out the website www.greenfield-arts.co.uk or speak with one of our lovely team members on 01325 379048 or info@greenfield-arts.co.uk.

Gallery Opening Times: Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm and Friday 10am – 4pm.




Brass Goes Down a Storm at Greenfield

posted 19 Jul 2017, 10:34 by Sophie Lewis

Staff and students from Greenfield Community College were thrilled to see the return of talented bands from the infamous annual Durham Brass Festival. Students from both the Sunnydale Campus and the Aycliffe site were treated to a lively performance from two unique street bands.

Sunnydale campus were hosts to the refreshing talent of Hannabiell who created a fusion of percussion, jazz, afro-beat, funk and reggae, bringing a whole new spin to the legacy of brass! Aycliffe students were not to be disappointed as they hosted Llaggerubb, making their debut at ‘Brass’ this year. Although ‘first timers’ they soon had the staff and students dancing in the aisles enjoying the mix of jazz and hip-hop with popular covers and original material.

Greenfield Arts were once again delighted to be able to deliver the performance, Sophie Lewis, Arts and Community Centre Co-ordinator was thrilled with the response, “it was so rewarding to be able to once again see the students have great fun and enjoy such a unique cultural experience.” said Sophie

If you would like to know a bit more about Greenfield Arts and the many activities on offer why not call our friendly team on 01325 379048 or check out our website www.greenfield-arts.co.uk






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