Autumn, Winter – and now Spring!
A third seasonal activity pack – Spring Wellness – has been launched by The Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead to help people unlock their creative potential from the comfort of their own homes.
Several north east artists have once again created activities inspired by the gallery’s collection and the idea of ‘slow looking’ as we gradually move out of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in the UK.
Slow looking is the art of taking time to carefully observe more than the eye can see at first glance.
Art activities for everyone to enjoy
Previous booklets have been split into family and adult packs, but Spring Wellness is suitable for everyone.
A spokeswoman from The Shipley Art Gallery said: “This booklet has been created by the Shipley team, local artists and art practitioners from across the north east of England.
“Each art activity has been inspired from paintings and craft collections held within our art galleries.
“We hope that you find these activities relaxing and that they help you to develop your creativity or try something new.”
The resource has been made possible by funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery.
A little peek inside the Spring Wellness pack
My contribution to Spring Wellness has been an introduction to Akim Script – a style of calligraphy that doesn’t require a special pen, just a fineliner (ideally), a gel pen, a ballpoint pen or even a pencil. You can them use it to write a spring poem.
Jayamini de Silva, of Jammi Art, shows you how to make a red paper rose, while Keeley, from kppapercuts, will help you make a spring flower garland.
Textile artist Deb Cooper has taken inspiration from the samplers held at The Shipley Art Gallery to guide you through creating your own sampler using basic embroidery stitches.
And Marian Hernandez Villada, from Callooh, shows you how to draw daffodils using coloured pencils.
There’s also a bonus activity inspired by the decorative details found on The Shipley Art Gallery’s rather impressive collection of teapots!
So, put the kettle on and download the booklet here to de-stress and realise your creative potential!