Apr 192017

Jack Drum Arts provides an 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.

These weekly sessions are designed for all… those who have not picked up a pencil before to those who have dabbled in watercolour and oils. A chance to get out and meet with people and make new friends. A warm and friendly environment awaits, just bring yourself and a willingness to ‘have a go’.

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: jane@jackdrum.co.uk

Apr 052017

Workshop Programme – SPRING 2017


Arts & Crafts
Wednesdays, 10am until 12pm, starting: 12 April until 14 June
Crook Library, Civic Centre, Crook, DL15 9ES
Led by Anna Harding
£3 per session

Come along and join in with our studio activities in the local library to create a range of art and crafts from printmaking, mosaics, textiles… and more! This is a great opportunity to have a go at something new in a warm, relaxed and friendly environment.

Swing Dance Lessons for Adult Begnners
Wednesdays, 7pm until 9pm, starting: 26 April
St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook, DL15 9DN
Led by Joo-Lee Stock
£3 per session

Join us for a new fun dance programme and find out what it’s like to learn the Lindy Hop and Charleston; dances which originated in Harlem, New York in the1920s. These swing dances are very sociable, a lot of fun and great exercise. No dance experience needed as this class is aimed at absolute beginners.  This step-by-step class will take you from ‘Two Left Feet’ to ‘Comfortable And Confident’ in a short time. Come in casual clothes and wear shoes that are comfortable, preferably with a smooth sole and flat or low heels.

Gardening Club 
Thursdays, 10am until 12pm
Starts: 6 April
Roddymoor Allotments, Elm Gardens, Roddymoor, DL15 9RE
Led by Colin Hemingway
Donations requested for refreshments

Join our resident gardener at the Jack Drum Garden, Roddymoor Allotments to learn all the basic skills you will need in the garden. You will cover gardening techniques and maintenance, raised bed construction methods, how to control pests and diseases, planting design, and successful small-scale vegetable production with a fun, friendly and patient teacher.

Brazilian Samba Drumming 
Thursdays, 5.30pm until 7pm (term time only)
Starts: 27 April (term time only)
Jack Drum Arts, St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook, DL15 9DN
Led by Laura Emerson
£3 per session

Fast-paced, high energy, foot-stomping musical fun! Our award winning community samba workshops bring the flavour of Mardi Gras to performance and procession.  Working with Laura Emerson and young leaders learn traditional Brazilian rhythms and drumming, make new friends and join for events and festivals around the region.
NB: Suitable for all ages (under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult)


Family Flower Foraging & Crafts Day
Sunday 9 April, 10am until 4pm
Roddymoor Allotments, Elm Gardens, Roddymoor, DL15 9RE
Activity led by Dawn Belshaw & Anna Harding
£3 per child

A nature hunt, flower pounding and gift making. The ideal way to enjoy the outdoors and combine it with art by preserving the beauty of some of natures blooms by pounding them on to different material and making beautiful gifts to take home.
 NB: All children must be accompanied by an adult

Family Easter Day
Thursday 13 April, 10am until 4pm
Roddymoor Allotments, Elm Gardens, Roddymoor, DL15 9RE
Activity led by Mike Daynes & Anna Harding
£3 per child (includes an easter surprise)

Easter activities for all the family including Easter themed Arts & Crafts. egg decorating and storytelling. The Easter Bunny will be around to entertain the children and to join you all for a Mad Hatters Tea party!

NB: All children must be accompanied by an adult

Play with Clay – Family Pottery Day 
Saturday 6 May, 10am until 4pm
Jack Drum Arts, St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook, DL15 9DN
Activity led by Lindsey Starborn
£4 per person

Come and explore your creativity using clay! In a supportive and fun environment with the support of local artist Lindsey you will develop skills for handbuilding and wheel throwing, produce work that is thoughtful, challenging, functional, beautiful…but, most of all, uniquely yours! NB: All children must be accompanied by an adult

Brazilian Samba Drumming 
Tuesdays, 6.30pm – 8.30pm (term time only)
Starts: 2 May
United Reform Church, Waddington Street, Durham, DH1 4BG
Led by Nik Alevroyiannis
£3 per session or discount for termly payment

Fast-paced, high energy, foot-stomping musical fun! Our award winning community samba workshops bring the flavour of Mardi Gras to performance and procession.  Working with professional percussionists and talented young leaders you will learn traditional Brazilian rhythms and drumming and be invited to join us to perform at events and festivals around the region. The course is suitable for all abilities from novice to experienced musicians. NB: Suitable for all ages (under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult)

To book a place or find out more information about any of the above please email
info@jackdrum.co.uk or call 01388 765002

Apr 052017

FANTASY ART – Ferryhill Ladder Centre

Brief History:

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.”

Apr 052017

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.”