Tetley Workshop – Dancing Stick People

Commissioned Work, Community, The Tetley, Workshops

This workshop was in response to Simeon Barclay: Bus2Move, which is the current exhibition at The Tetley. The exhibition explores the relationships between performance, installation, costume display, stage design, sculpture and props.

For my workshop the idea was to make stick people out of pipe cleaners, straws and beads, so that they were movable. Using a light to create shadow, you can trace their movements as you bend, and manipulate their position.
It was a therapeutic workshop, and adults and children alike told me that creating their stick people was calming and it was nice to sit down and do something relaxing with their family.

           

A selection of the dancing stick people:

Kirkgate Market – Halloween

Commissioned Work, Community, Events, Playful Anywhere, Same Difference Arts, Workshops

I have been at Kirkgate Leeds Market twice in the last week, working with children on marvellous Halloween creations. Firstly on the Saturday for Same Difference Arts making Halloween monsters out of paper, and then on Tuesday helping with Playful Anywhere with the crafts.

Saturday
Halloween Monsters – the first photo are the prototypes I created, and the next three are samples of what the children created. I really love the pumpkin, that face looks wonderful.

Tuesday
Playful Anywhere

I had a wonderful helper for an hour or so, a young boy of 8. He learnt quickly how to make the pom poms, and offered to show others. He fetched things for me, and kept me entertained with his stories, introducing me to his little sister, and telling me about his family – he can speak four languages, but only three fluently!  I was so impressed with his attitude, I asked him to point out his mother, and I simply had to let her know what a lovely helpful son she had, he was an absolute star!



Above – Create a Spooky Story, using story cubes. If you don’t have any cubes with pictures on, you can create your own with standard dice and a selection sheet, this is the spooky one I made (opens as a PDF).


 

Pumpkin den building, pom pom spiders, and simply being creative!

Kirkgate Market – Carnival Masks and Hummingbirds

Commissioned Work, Community, Events, Same Difference Arts, Workshops

This is my second drop in workshop at Kirkgate Market in Leeds (organised by Same Difference Arts), after leading one making Pop-Up Puppets in Easter earlier this year. As before, I got to work alongside Miranda Johnson, who is a fabulous face painter, really approachable and I fully recommend her.

I chose to do two simple activities, aimed at families with younger children, loosely themed around carnival – decorating hummingbirds and creating masquerade masks. The masks proved the most popular, and we went with the big reveal – the wonderful painted face underneath – not one, but two fabulous masks!

Oh, and it is Yorkshire Day on 1st August, so the White Rose of Yorkshire was flying on flags across the market, along with lots of flat cap wearing individuals, breaking the record for the most people wearing a flat cap in one place!

Below is a selection of photos showing the marvellous creations that the children made. I do think the zebra mask revealing the tiger painted face is one of my faves, simply for the animal theme. But, having said that, I think they are all equally wonderful, and I do so enjoy listening to the children’s stories and hearing how much they love creating at home.

Kirkstall Art Trail – ‘Walk and Create’ and ‘Abbey Flowers’

Blog, Community, Events, Exhibition, Kirkstall Arts, Walking Art, Workshops

Walk an Create

SATURDAY 21st – WALK & CREATE
SUNDAY 22nd – EXHIBITION OF YOUR WORK

PARTICIPATION IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

As part of Kirkstall Art Trail www.kirkstallarttrail.com

We shall meet at 11am outside the Gatehouse Cafe, Abbey House Museum, Abbey Road.
Bring your sketch pads, pens, cameras*, and above all your imagination.

We will be walking around the grounds of the Abbey, visiting the gardens, looking at some of the exhibitions and chatting with the artists on the art trail.

During our meander we will sketch, write, take photos, about our experiences. We will finish off our work back at the visitor centre. There will be some paper, pens, scissors, glue etc available at the centre.

All work will be shown on the Sunday of the art trail in the visitors centre – so you will part of your very own exhibition.

*any camera, phone cameras are perfect!


Abbey Flowers

SATURDAY 21st JULY – Gatehouse Cafe (11am-4pm)
SUNDAY 22nd JULY – Abbey House Walled Garden (11pm-4pm)

As part of Kirkstall Art Trail , I will be showing a collection of flowers, plants and bugs taken during walks with my dog, all shot with my handy iPhone.
All plants were found in the gardens next to Abbey House Museum

FREE ENTRY

Bramley Elderly Action – Bridlington extra care trip

Bramley Elderly Action, Commissioned Work, Community, Day Trips

I was recently invited to photograph an extra care trip out with Bramley Elderly Action, to Bridlington. It was a mild day, with gentle strolls by the seaside and some fun at the arcades. We had traditional fish and chips, and stopped by one of the many sweet shops to pick up supplies of fudge, rock and pick ‘n’ mix. I do love a traditional English seaside day out.