FANTASY ART – Ferryhill Ladder Centre
The LADDER Centre is a community building brought about by the community for the community. The Centre was opened in December 2002 after 5 years of fund raising. The Centre is a very busy place and consists of two semi-detached houses on the Lakes Estate in Ferryhill.
They offer courses and employability access to computers and help with CV’s, Universal Job Match, information, advice and guidance, children and youth sessions.
Helen – participant:
Helen has 3 children who she takes care of on her own; one of them has cerebral palsy. Helen tries to keep involved in activities at her local community centre once or twice a week while the children are at school because she recognises the importance of making time for herself. She heard about the Fantasy Art course being offered by Jack `drum on behalf of Colour Your Life through her involvement with the Women’s group in the same centre. She enjoys colouring but has no experience creating art or painting, and so came to the group as somewhat of a novice.
Helen has found the sessions incredibly calming and stress free, saying “… it’s just nice to have something to focus on, something that’s just for me.” When asked she would say she that she is still not a confident painter, however her tutor disagrees, he said “… she’s really come on and has produced some lovely work, she’s a lot more open than at the start.”
Helen says she’s learned, “… not just painting, but all the different techniques. We painted sky scenes and learned how to use blended colours to create an interesting skyline, using acrylics to make texture, and using interesting techniques with pens and water. I’ve also had to use my imagination and dream up these fantasy images like floating planets and dragons. I just get lost in it, I love it.”
Helen and the rest of the group are sad to see the end of the sessions, and would most definitely be interested in an art course again in the future.
“I’ve come along to this group and I’ve made new friends.”
“It has got me out of the house and that’s important. I’ve really enjoyed the course and the tutor has been very good.”
POTTERY & CERAMICS: St. Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook
Janette – Participant:
After retiring from work last July, I moved to this area to be nearer my daughter and her family. I had worked in the same job for over 30 years, lived in the same house with my husband and had a wonderful network of friends and colleagues. I found the move to be a huge upheaval, coming to a new house, a new environment. It was a total life change… starting again and it scared me.
My daughter, knowing the area, and some of the organisations that run activities, she bought me this course as a Christmas gift. Even though I’d worked all my life I felt that I needed something to boost my confidence again and this course has been the ticket!
The tutor used a gentle approach and the course felt informal even though we all learnt so much… what a wonderful way to teach. It’s been lovely getting to know other participants, and I really feel that that has been the most worthwhile part of this course, making new friends, having a fun couple of hours each week.
The creative process has almost been secondary to all of that. I have, however, been very productive, making coasters, a wall plaque, tea light holders, dishes for crisps and nuts and a candleholder for the garden… all in 10 weeks ! THANK YOU
Other Participant Comments:
“I’ve leant a lot. I’ve had a go at something that I’ve wanted to do for years and I’ve had a canny time. Awesome teacher, big tick… GOLD STAR!”
“Amazing tutor, supportive, with an excellent knowledge of the subject. Fab venue too!”
“The whole group has been very friendly and provided support to each other.”
“Thoroughly enjoyed the course, never having done anything like this before and the tutor was very encouraging and friendly.”
“Lindsey, the tutor, is an inspiration, always kind and encouraging, taking a positive view of everyone’s work, while offering constructive advice on better ways to approach your work to achieve safe firing and effective glazing.”
Jack Drum Arts is providing outreach courses across the County on behalf of the Colour your Life programme providing communities access to creative and informal learning activities for the improvement of mental health and the development of emotional resilience.
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Learn essential basics, from sanding, construction and finishes. A friendly environment to ‘do it yourself’
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To register an interest or to book your place on any of the Colour your Life Outreach Courses get in touch with the Colour your Life Outreach Coordinator at Jack Drum Arts on 01388 765002 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org