Creative

Workshops

Proposal for Delancey • Elephant & Castle Town Centre

What we offer:

We love creating playful experiences that enable positive change, and believe everyone deserves access to a range of fun art and craft opportunities in their community.

To this end, we offer advice, resources, events and inspiration to our clients so our art-based workshops can be used strategically to promote team work, build trust, find shared values and shift perceptions.

 

Benefits of art-based learning:

Art projects are not simply an activity but play a fundamental role in creating and boosting connections amongst participants by promoting interaction and making them feel part of the community.

Engaging in something new and creative is important regardless of skill level – participation is what counts.

Even a single session of creativity brings positive emotional change but of course there are cumulative benefits from regular engagement:

Mindfulness

Engagement in the visual arts, specially through creating, provides opportunities to cultivate mindfulness.

Stress relief

Hands-on making can be very relaxing and calming.

Self-esteem and confidence

Art activities enhance social skills leading to better self-esteem.

Mind Space

The mind space to reassess problems in our lives, think creatively and make plans.

Connectivity

Increased connectivity and plasticity in the brain.

"In a world of screens, the power to make by hand should be celebrated"

Melanie Falick

Our Workshops

Collage:

This art technique involves pasting paper cut-outs onto various surfaces and is particularly appropriate for participants with no previous art training or even ability to draw. Collages really fuel creativity and imagination, as they can be about anything. Participants learn the art of experimenting with torn and cut paper and develop an understanding of the different ways artworks can be created using found images together with colour blocks and patterned paper.

Decoupage:

This upcycling technique can be used on small items such as trays, boxes, picture frames, plant pots and even shoes! It is also extremely effective on furniture, so we propose offering a series of workshops where participants choose whether to learn the technique on something small in a single session and then continue at home, or tackle a piece of furniture across several sessions. Participants can bring their own objects to upcycle or choose from a range of suitable items that will be supplied (excluding furniture).

Decoupage on glass:

This unusual technique offers a different take on decoupage and can be used to create unique plates, tea-light holders and coasters. All materials will be supplied.

Foiling on fabric:

This technique is used to print fabulous t-shirts, unique fabrics, beautiful accessories, hand printed cushions and lots of other creative projects. Foiled fabrics are washable, long-lasting and very easy to hand print at home. It’s also a stunning way to embellish sewing and embroidery work. Participants can bring their own clothing or other items or work on the fabric samples supplied.

How we work

Our dynamic creative workshops are design to engage local communities, promote active participation and enable people to share their achievement and joy in creativity.

Workshops can be delivered once a week, or implemented through a monthly program including community event days.

The best way to start is for us to come and talk to you about the communication and engagement challenges you face so we can create bespoke workshops tailored to your needs.

An approximate cost for the above workshops is £150 per hour for up to 20 participants with a minimum booking of 3 hours. This quote includes most materials and two instructors.

About us:

Gabriela Szulman

An artist and teacher based in Camberwell. She has delivered workshops for Grand Designs Live, Ideal Home Show, The Warner Textile Archive, South London Cares, The Jewish Museum and The Barbican Centre among others.

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Lorena Melone

A branding expert and creative coach, founder of I for Ideas Design studio. She believes in the power of authentic, purposeful and believable brands that are built upon real people and inspiring ideas.

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