The Prince is a keen watercolorist and through various ventures (including the sale of lithographs of his work) aligned to his charities he has helped to raise millions for their charitable work. This post highlights a few of his activities.
On this website you can view galleries of The Prince's (watercolour) work from Greece, Switzerland, Overseas and Scotland.Art Education
The Prince of Wales's interests - painting with watercolours
One of the Prince's ambitions is to help young people realise their full potential. Here are some of the organisations he's helped to stimulate and create and/or sponsor as a patron.
The Prince's Drawing School
The Prince has always been a keen artist and an advocate of the importance of drawing skills. Created in 2000, The Prince's Drawing School is his educational charity which is unusually dedicated to the teaching of drawing.
It has a faculty of some 35 practising artists and it works on the premise that drawing is a living, evolving language. The studios are in a converted warehouse in Shoreditch, the heart of London's East End creative community. It runs a range of programmes, including
- Public Programmes,
- West London Short Courses,
- daytime and evening classes throughout the year (Bookings),
- a Postgraduate Programme (a one- or two-year course focusing on drawing),
- and a Young Artists’ Programme including Saturday School and Drawing Clubs.
The Prince's School of Traditional Arts
The scope of the Prince's School of the Traditional Arts ranges from icon-making to Indian miniature painting, stained glass, mosaic craft, woodwork, biomorphic drawing and more.
It offers postgraduate degrees and a range of short courses for the general public. The School also has a number of outreach programmes around the UK.
It also occupies the same converted warehouse in Shoreditch as the Drawing School and had an exhibition of traditional arts on the ground floor recently which was very impressive.
The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts
A more recent educational charity is The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts. This provides access for young people who would otherwise grow up having had very little or no contact with the arts or opportunity to engage with them. The basic notion is that the arts (in thei widest sense) have a role to play in the development of a child and their understanding of shared cultures. You can read more about the Prince's involvement in Charles, the Prince of Arts
Why the arts?Launched as a pilot in 2002 it became an independent charity in 2006. Since then it has worked with 35, 000 children to deliver an experience of the arts which is quality oriented.
Engaging with the arts enriches young peoples lives, nurtures creativity and improves self esteem and skills. Through our work children learn that cultural venues are welcoming, accessible and exciting places to visit. Other areas which arts access can impact upon include:
- Unlocking talent
- Raising aspirations
- Improving confidence
- Developing intellectual, social and emotional skills
- Developing physical skills
- Changing behaviour and attitudes to learning
The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts hopes to give children the confidence and inspiration to kindle a life-long love of the arts.
- Art and Kids Week runs annually in the Autumn.
- Arts organisations can take advantage of the free online event listing guide
- The Arts Events for children lists events for different age groups in different areas of the UK.
- The Great Art Quest 2008 aims to introduce 100 children from 16 primary schools to the visual arts. Four art galleries: Graves Art Gallery (Sheffield), The Harris Museum (Preston), The Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge) and The Courtauld Institute of Art (London) will work in partnerships with local primary schools.
- The website provides advice and documents for people wanting to get involved.
- Plus you can read about the real and very positive and measurable impact on children of their involvement with the arts in Spotlight on Children and the Arts (newsletter/pdf file)
Arts and Business
Arts and Business is also one of the Prince's Charities. It aims to get business people helping the arts and the arts inspiring business people. It helps to promote networking and the exchange and development of skills between the business and arts communities.
The Highgrove Florilegium
Earlier this year in Volume 1 of The Highgrove Florilegium is published, I highlighted the fact that the Prince was sponsoring the production of a Florilegium of the gardens at Highgrove, his home in Gloucestershire - which is one of the most well-known organic gardens in the United Kingdom.
The artists are still working on plants that will form the second volume and the first bound copies of Volume 2 are expected in the summer of 2009. You can view a gallery of images from the first volume here.
For some reason, newspapers have chosen to ridicule Prince Charles over the years for some of the stances he has taken on various topics (eg organic gardening).
However I've noted that more and more of his themes and causes are ones which are taken up and endorsed over time by first the public and then various governments. I guess that's probably as much of a comment on the wisdom of the public as the Prince!
I for one certainly think that his sponsorship of learning and patronage of art, drawing, traditional arts and the general involvement of children with the arts creates a very significant legacy for the future.