It has been a very busy week. With getting ready for the Flower Festival at the weekend. We also had a new group starting, DeafArt led by Antony, a Deaf Service User who is now volunteering with us and who is a brilliant artist in his own right. A Service User also took the lead at 2Create, a big step up for people recovering.
Stricklandgate Flower Festival Prep
A big thank you to all the Staff, Volunteers and Service Users who spent all day working on the displays for Space2Create at this weekends flower festival. The fake stained glass window looked brilliant.
DeafArt 1st May
The first DeafArt session led by Ant. A great session looking at printing using tiles made of polystyrene. Participants used pens to draw designs on the tiles, then used printing ink. They rolled the ink on and pressed the tile onto paper to make a print.
2Create 29th May
In 2Create Clare took the lead. The main activity involved selecting an image from a magazine and cutting it in half. One half was stuck down on paper. Each participant then used the media of their choice to recreate the other half in their… own hand. Some used pastels, some charcoal and some pencil. There was some really good work going on. There were also some clay hands from a previous session that were painted up and looked great. Some people also worked on creating a stained-glass-effect window ready for the Flower Festival at the weekend.
Thursday Group 1st May
The Thursday Group were working on their own projects today while many staff and volunteers were setting up for the Stricklandgate Flower Festival. Some rag rugging, some embroidery and some comic designs. Some went to help with the festival later creating a window display based on a poem.
WellArt Friday 2nd May
In WellArt we looked at the artist Paul Klee. He worked in blocks of colour often though he used many styles. Many of his pictures involve a musical element too where he talked of rhythm in his pictures. We focused on one or two images, firstly of domes in Tunisia. The participants imagined a place they knew and recreated it in Klee style. We also looked at images where an animal was hidden among strips of colours and tried this. We used chalk pastel and experimented with using a wet brush to move them around.
Creative Writing 28th May
We had a good session with lots of writing based on different starting points from Ann The Poet. Everybody took their writing home so only have a few examples but here is one!
The first piece was to write about a familiar or loved room and imagine somebody else in it unexpectedly:
The Attic was always my favourite room. At the age of four it c…ame into the scope of my explorations being a secretive and distant location. It was upstairs. Four doors off a square landing, one to my room, one to my parents, one to the bathroom and finally one up to the attic.
The attic stairs were steep and narrow with a large window to one side. A bannister ran along the edge of the floor as you walked up and another on the other side was in front of the window.
I loved to explore it’s secrets in forbidden isolation. My fathers DIY tools, old paint tins. A suitcase full of old family photos and memories.
Sometimes at night I lay in my bed below and imagined somebody in the attic above me. Having just been introduced to Star Trek I wondered if Spock might have beamed in. Was it the whoosh of a transporter beam I heard or the wind?
I imagined him carefully exploring, being nosey and looking into everything. The sound of the TV downstairs might have been his Tricorder attempting to scan for signs of life in an old pile of carpet tiles.
He was clearly not impressed with my Dad’s rusty set of spanners as I heard him say “Illogical!” to the clank of those old tools.
There was another whoosh and as I drifted off to sleep Spock had beamed back to the Enterprise where he was showing a bemused Scotty the rusty spanners.
Next session May 12th.