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Jude Court – Bramley Baths

Good first session with the group open and willing to engage in something new and happy to try all the different drawing activities. Anne Louise enjoyed drawing on the ipad. We started by covering the table in paper and drawing. There were all kinds of drawings. Some of us drew food and others drew the…

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A Thousand Paper Cranes

Session 6 Rozi and Milena arrive fully prepared for all sorts of activities – batik, plasticene modelling, animation… Soon the wax is melting and even though we are only a small group this week, we are ready for action. A beautiful, collaged mood board has been created since our last session. It is full of lovely…

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Get Started – Wetherby Fulfilling Lives Centre Weeks 4 – 6

‘The artists have arrived!’ I hear somebody say with glee, as Milena and I pile in with our bags of goodies. We bring bright spotty beanbags for each of us to throw into the parachute and swoosh round and round through the middle hole. This requires lots of control and concentration, but after 3 weeks…

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A THOUSAND PAPER CRANES

Session 5 We had Becky working with us again this week, to continue on from last week’s creative writing session. This time she guided us through single word writing on small bits of coloured paper. From these, she got us to construct poems in different formats; one was to form the shape of the moon…

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A THOUSAND PAPER CRANES

Session 4 The phoenix is coming on a treat. The design on the canvas has been sketched out, ready for painting. This week though, we had a special guest, writer Becky Cherriman. Becky led us through some creative writing activities. The ‘Birds Eye View’ guided writing took us up in the air, floating on the…

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Get Started – Cookridge – Walk to the wood

 A sunny windy day, perfect for a walk in the woods. With a bit of encouragement everyone puts on their outdoor shoes and coats and are ready to go. Bags of goodies containing chalk, bubbles, drumsticks, and a disposable camera are handed out and we set off. The sound of the drum stick on railings…

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Get Started – Bedford Place – Weeks 1-2

“Well this looks different!” Exclaims Margret as she enters her sitting room.  Jim and I have completely covered it in bubble wrap! We’re Inviting the tenants in the flats to move across the bubbles. We turn the lights down and begin to use other senses to explore our new sensory environment. It no longer feels like a…

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Get Started – Wetherby Fulfilling Lives Centre Weeks 1-3

Everybody join a circle, open a parachute and let’s start a game. Whoops of laughter and delight echo through the whole time, it’s an energetic opening for the session and a lot of exercise for everybody!  With lively music we twirl silk ribbons in 1001 different ways; wriggle the ribbons like a snake or fly…

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Oasis Week 3

Today we began a series of sessions inspired by the human body.  We began by talking about the scars we gained whilst seeking out treasured lemonade, about how our creases tell stories of sleepless nights, sunbathing, babies, our whole lives.   Someone mentioned the maps of older people’s skin.  It was amazing what we had…

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Oasis Week 2

Tonight we face our fear of the daunting extensive surface of a blank piece of white paper. We explore paper as a percussive instrument in one hundred and one different ways. “Tear the piece of paper in two. Rub the two pieces together. Exploring patterned or unpatterns sounds.” “Crumple the piece of paper as slowly as possible.”…

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