Bahá’í Academy for the Arts 2009
Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire, UK
1-8 August 2009
The Bahá’í Academy for the Arts is a week long residential open to all event that attracts participants from around the world. It offers courses in the arts for students of all ages from three years old and upwards, and all abilities – from the nervous beginner to the competent professional, and space as well for a few independent artists to work.
The courses are tutored by artists and artist educators who are all experienced in their field and have a passion for sharing with others. A broad range of courses are offered each year, with courses constantly changing as each tutor completes a nominal three year cycle, and new tutors and courses are introduced.
Courses for children up to ten years old are offered in tight age groups, so that their specific needs can be catered for. This year see the introduction of a new concept where the children’s courses offer limited opportunities for adults to join the group to learn about managing a group of children while at the same time developing their creative skills particularly in relation to this age group. The course for the youngest students, those of 3 -4 years takes this one step further and offers an opportunity for parents /close adults to accompany their children to learn how to develop the child’s creative gems.
Junior youth of 11 -14 have a choice of three courses; one course is designed for 11-12 year olds, another for 11 -14 and the third for 13 -16. Students of 15+ are deemed to be adults, so in this category there are twelve courses on offer.
The aim of the Academy is to provide an empowering yet challenging creative environment that is designed to enable all participants to benefit artistically educationally and spiritually.
Transformation through creativity has always been a focus at the Academy, in recognition of the power of the arts to effect individuals on many levels. This year sees the addition of service; it seemed a natural extension to encourage participants to reflect on how they could raise their capacity to serve mankind using the skills and confidence gained during the Academy week. Exploring this aspect of service will be an integral part of each course, designed by each tutor to be a natural extension of the learning process and approached in such a way that every individual will find for themselves what that service will be and how they might fulfil it.
All details on the website which will go live on the 29th March and open for bookings on the 5th April at 10am (GMT)