Heartspace Local Activities

May 2018 to October 2018

Beginning an art journal with polystyrene printing

with Nancy Froud

Wednesday 16th May 13:30 to 15:30, Bracklesham Barn

Start a new Heartspace year with your very own art journal to use at Heartspace or whenever the fancy takes you. Your art journal can be used for drawing, writing, affirmations, collage or anything else you can think of! What better way to fill those first few blank pages than with some colourful polystyrene prints. In this session you will learn how to print using polystyrene. Choose one of our designs or better still create your own original.

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Willow Weaving

with Ganesh & Elaine

Bracklesham Barn – Saturday 26th May 10:30 to 12:30

Husband and wife team Ganesh and Elaine have been involved in growing, harvesting and crafting with willow for more than 20 years. They are both experienced facilitators having facilitated at schools and for local organisations. They work with English grown willow, much of which is locally grown.

They will demonstrate and encourage you through the process of making 2D and 3D willow items including stars and bird feeders. No experience necessary and all equipment provided.

Booking essential as there are only 10 spaces available (more willow weaving in the next programme)

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Indian Block Printing on tote bags and aprons

with Nancy Froud

Wednesday 20th June 13:30 to 15:30, Bracklesham Barn

You will be able to use some antique Indian block prints to create a patterned background, thereafter layering patterns over the top with either stencils or free hand painting of your choice. You will be guided to make an image or pattern of your choosing. There will be primary colours available that can be mixed to create secondary colours. Help with mixing will be on hand. Enjoy a light hearted creative session experimenting with art on textiles! All equipment provided.

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Laughter for health

with Katrina Wakefield

Saturday – 23rd June 10:30 -12.30, Bracklesham Barn

Come along to a laughter session and discover the health benefits of laughing! It’s a safe place to release those feel-good hormones and reduce your stress levels. How you feel is important; laughter is a great way to water those seeds of good health, joy and kindness within you. We use breathing exercises and playfulness, which are simply prompts to encourage laughter. Katrina will be demonstrating each exercise. It’s easy to do and no experience is necessary. If you can breathe you can laugh! All levels of fitness are welcome as the exercises can be adjusted to suit your needs. Expect a warm welcome.

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Calligraphy Workshop

with Maisie Minett

Wednesday 18th July 13:30 – 15:30  , Bracklesham Barn

This is a fantastic opportunity to attend a Calligraphy workshop run by Maisie Minett from the Kirsten Burke Calligraphy studio. Kirsten Burke is one of the UK’s top calligraphers and authors, running workshops in her Birdham studio. “We are delighted to partner with Heartspace to offer this amazing opportunity at the wonderful Bracklesham Barn”.

Maisie will help you to create letter-forms, design layouts and mix colour using the latest calligraphy tool, the brush pen. Before you know it, you will be creating your very own brush lettering artwork to impress your friends! This is a fun and informal class, and always extremely popular! All materials will be provided.

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Circle Dancing (seated or standing)

with Janet Ayers

Saturday 28th July 10:30-12:30, Bracklesham Barn

Dancing in a circle to music is an ancient tradition common to many cultures for marking special occasion and encouraging togetherness. Participants in Circle Dance for Wellbeing can be either seated or standing, as we adapt the dances for each group. It’s both fun and enjoyable exercise, encouraging all to participate with movement, percussion, chanting and singing.

Janet Ayers is a Community Artist who uses dance, movement and singing to promote good physical and mental health. Moving to music can have a calming, meditative effect as well as being lively and joyful. The pace is set by the group so all are included. All welcome to join us on this Circle Dance for Wellbeing workshop.

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Creative Movement

with Tina Cockett

Wednesday 15th August 13.30 to 15:30, Bracklesham Barn

Creative movement is a great way to exercise, express yourself and have fun. In this gentle session we will explore different ways of moving together and being creative. Breathing and moving the body can help us release tension and relax, and dancing together can lift our spirits and improve our wellbeing. Much of the session will take place seated and everyone will be supported to participate as much or as little as they wish. In this way we can reconnect with our bodies and find our own movement expression. Tina is a creative movement facilitator and therapist who believes in the transformative power of dance.

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African Drumming

with Tony West

Saturday 8th September 10.30 to 13:30, Bracklesham Barn

There is no simpler instrument than a drum and a certain pleasure comes with playing one with your hands. Drumming is great fun, but not only that, it can provide a great physical work out for all ages. It’s not just good for your body, it’s great for relieving stress – and those teasing rhythms are great for mental agility – so it could even make you smarter! Be guided through simple West African rhythm and make community music.

It’s no coincidence that drums are used by the medicine man.

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Clay 1 – fun and expressive clay workshop

with Annie Flitcroft

Wednesday 19th September 13:30 to 15:30, Bracklesham Barn

Get hands on with some fun clay work! Shaping the clay with your hands is so satisfying and creative.

Annie will guide you as you create a green man tile or a small pot with a lid.  No previous experience required, and all materials provided!

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Clay 2 – finalising clay pieces with slips and paints

(or make a piece if you didn't get a chance in the last session) with Annie Flitcroft

Wednesday 17th October 13:30 to 15:30, Bracklesham Barn

More hands on with some fun clay work!

Either decorate your creation from the first clay session or create something new. Annie will guide you as you decorate or create your own unique clay piece. No previous experience required, and all materials provided!

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Beach Art – mobiles or painted wood

with Becky Dunn

Saturday 27th October 10:30 to 12:30, Bracklesham Barn

Hampshire-based artist, Becky Dunn will be leading a relaxed 2 hour session creating unique works of art from a variety of materials found on the local beaches of Chichester and Langstone Harbours. You can rummage through an exciting collection of driftwood, shells, stones, and bits of flotsam & jetsam, then select some interesting pieces and bring them together to make sculptures, hanging garlands or pictures. Becky will inspire you with her own work and ideas and guide you through some simple techniques. There will be plenty of found materials on offer and if you have some of your own ‘finds’ you are welcome to use them too. All the equipment will be provided.

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