Workshops

Classes & Workshops

Art in the Park (8-12 yrs)

Saturday 9 July, 13:00 - 14:30

Children will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of different artistic materials, learn new creative techniques, have fun and develop their skills, before making their finished nature-inspired masterpiece. Taking place outdoors (weather permitting) in Flowerfield Park, budding naturalists will create bug hotels, bird feeders, planters, bug observation boxes, wind-chimes and lots more, all using recycled materials!

N.B. Creativity is messy! Wear suitable clothing for outdoor weather.

PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THE PARENTAL CONSENT FORM FOR EACH UNDER-18 NO LATER THAN 24 HOURS BEFORE THE ACTIVITY.


Art in the Park (5-7 yrs)

Saturday 9 July, 10:30 - 12:00

Children will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of different artistic materials, learn new creative techniques, have fun and develop their skills, before making their finished nature-inspired masterpiece. Taking place outdoors (weather permitting) in Flowerfield Park, budding naturalists will create bug hotels, bird feeders, planters, bug observation boxes, wind-chimes and lots more, all using recycled materials!

N.B. Creativity is messy! Wear suitable clothing for outdoor weather.

PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THE PARENTAL CONSENT FORM FOR EACH UNDER-18 NO LATER THAN 24 HOURS BEFORE THE ACTIVITY.


5-day Throwing for Teens (12-16 yrs)

Monday 18 July, 13:30 - 15:30
Tuesday 19 July, 13:30 - 15:30
Wednesday 20 July, 13:30 - 15:30
Thursday 21 July, 13:30 - 15:30
Friday 22 July, 13:30 - 15:30

Come along and explore the pottery wheel in this 5-session summer scheme for 12-16 year olds. Learn how to create wheel thrown ceramics that you can use in your home such as mugs, with local potter Fiona Shannon. Fiona will demonstrate the potters wheel and will help you create and decorate your own set of four mugs and some mini pots by the end of the week.

At the end of this summer scheme your work will be fired in the kiln to be collected at a later date.

N.B. Creativity is messy! Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THE PARENTAL CONSENT FORM FOR EACH UNDER-18 TO reception@flowerfield.org NO LATER THAN 24 HOURS BEFORE THE ACTIVITY.


5-day Clay Summer Scheme (8-12 yrs)

Monday 18 July, 10:30 - 12:00
Tuesday 19 July, 10:30 - 12:00
Wednesday 20 July, 10:30 - 12:00
Thursday 21 July, 10:30 - 12:00
Friday 22 July, 10:30 - 12:00

Come along to our pottery summer scheme and get creative with clay this summer. Suitable for 8–12 yrs, across five mornings we will be doing a range of pottery projects such as sculpting your own clay animal and having a go on the pottery wheel. This summer scheme is not only fun but improves children’s creative skills, self-expression, confidence, dexterity and team work skills.

In this summer scheme we will be using air dry clay, we will be painting the clay creations ready to take home at the end of the week. Please bring a box on the Friday to take you creations home in.

N.B. Creativity is messy! Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THE PARENTAL CONSENT FORM FOR EACH UNDER-18 TO reception@flowerfield.org NO LATER THAN 24 HOURS BEFORE THE ACTIVITY.


Art in the Park (5-7 yrs)

Saturday 23 July, 10:30 - 12:00

Children will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of different artistic materials, learn new creative techniques, have fun and develop their skills, before making their finished nature-inspired masterpiece. Taking place outdoors (weather permitting) in Flowerfield Park, budding naturalists will create bug hotels, bird feeders, planters, bug observation boxes, wind-chimes and lots more, all using recycled materials!

N.B. Creativity is messy! Wear suitable clothing for outdoor weather.

PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THE PARENTAL CONSENT FORM FOR EACH UNDER-18 NO LATER THAN 24 HOURS BEFORE THE ACTIVITY.


Art in the Park (8-12 yrs)

Saturday 23 July, 13:00 - 14:30

Children will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of different artistic materials, learn new creative techniques, have fun and develop their skills, before making their finished nature-inspired masterpiece. Taking place outdoors (weather permitting) in Flowerfield Park, budding naturalists will create bug hotels, bird feeders, planters, bug observation boxes, wind-chimes and lots more, all using recycled materials!

N.B. Creativity is messy! Wear suitable clothing for outdoor weather.

PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THE PARENTAL CONSENT FORM FOR EACH UNDER-18 NO LATER THAN 24 HOURS BEFORE THE ACTIVITY.


WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE... Clown workshop

Saturday 23 July, 14:00 - 15:00

What it is that makes us laugh? How can we be funny? It is not about big shoes, make up and squirty flowers…

Join Mr Mess and his sidekick and learn the essential skills of being a clown.

This practical clown workshop is for all the little aspiring performers who will learn about the pleasure of being ridiculous in a space, about moving from one disaster to the next, about being always happy and optimistic playing before an audience and making them roll around with laughter.

We recommend having double the fun by coming along to the Mr. Mess theatre performance at 12:30. Find out more here.

Parental consent, photography consent and health forms for each under-18 must be submitted no later than 24 hours before the activity.

(Photo Credit: Darren Brown)


Sterling silver bracelet workshop

Saturday 30 July, 10:00 - 13:00

Learn to make your very own simple chain bracelet with Emma Thorpe of Atlantic Rose. Using simple wire working techniques, Emma will expertly guide you through the process of turning simple sterling silver wire into a pretty bracelet for you to wear or give away as a gift.

During the workshop you will learn how to:

  • size your bracelet
  • cut wire for links- practicing with copper first then silver
  • create double loop links - practicing with copper first then silver
  • join links together to form chain

Please note, this is a cold metal workshop. No heat is used during the process.


T'ai Chi in the park

Saturday July 30; 6, 20, 27 August, 10:30 - 12:30

T’ai Chi and Qigong are primarily about harmony, meditation and balance in our daily lives. In addition to their health and fitness benefits, T’ai Chi and Qigong are traditionally taught as self-cultivation and self-development practices. By embracing the philosophy of harmony and balance you can learn to make every aspect of life happier, healthier and more compassionate.

N.B. Please wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement. The workshop will take place outdoors (weather permitting).


Summer, sea and sketchbooks: from studies to studio

Saturday 30 July, 6, 13, 20 August, 10:30 - 13:00

Drawing outside in the landscape is a lovely way to connect with nature.

In the first workshop, led by Heather Byrne, you will enjoy an outdoors workshop making coastal drawings in your sketchbook and making quick visual notes on the move.

Back in the studio for following three weeks you will explore ways to develop your sketchbook studies from your trip with mark making techniques, mono printing and experimental creative exercises.

You will work in a variety of mixed mediums, including charcoal, inks, acrylic and collage.

During the 4-week series you will also look at some contemporary artists who are drawn to the coast for inspiration and explore some of their methods. You will develop a sketchbook and art journal practice from your group trip and start to see ways to explore further studies for paintings or collage. You will gain knowledge using mixed media and mark making techniques while enjoying the freedom of working intuitively in a less representational way.

Suitable for everyone to enjoy, both beginners and more experienced artists.


Wet-felting workshop

Saturday 6 August, 10:00 - 12:30

This wet-felting workshop, led by Louisa Kelly, is suitable for complete beginners, or improvers. Participants will have creative fun learning the process of wet felting and creating their own wet felted picture.

During the workshop you will learn how to:

  • wet-felt
  • blend wool
  • make your own felted picture.


Raku workshop

Saturday 6 August, 10:00 - 16:00

Glaze and fire pre-made pots in the ancient Japanese process of Raku, led by Malcolm Murchison. No prior experience required!

Apply the glaze with guidance and instruction, see the pots go into a red hot kiln, then extracted and placed in sawdust and flames before a bath of cold water. The results will be as beautiful as they are extraordinary. Take home at least four beautiful pots.

Raku Pottery was developed in Japan in the early 1500’s as the Ceremonial Tea Ware of the Zen Buddhist Tea Masters. The word Raku signifies emotions such as fulfilment, enlightenment, and enjoyment of freedom. The process was preferred by the Tea Masters because it had a resonance of humility, purity, simple naturalness, which are important to the Zen philosophy.

Pots carry the marks of the tongs used to extract them from the kiln and the ravages of the firing. This is celebrated as an essential aspect of the process. The finished decorative pots are generally unsuitable for eating or drinking from as they absorb water and have little mechanical strength.

During the workshop you will learn how to:

  • Create pots using the Raku process
  • Apply wax
  • Glaze pots

Students will produce a minimum of four Raku pots that they have glazed and fired. They will be remarkable and lustrous copper blue surface. Students will also decorate pre-made pots.

N.B. Caution recommended if you have any history of respiratory illness such as asthma since the workshop will involve proximity to smoke. Please wear old cotton clothes, avoiding man-made fabrics. Long hair tied back. A hat is a good idea. You will smell of smoke as if you have been at a garden bonfire. This workshop will take place outdoors.


3-day Art in the Park (5-7 yrs)

Tuesday 9 August, 10:30 - 12:00
Wednesday 10 August, 10:30 - 12:00
Thursday 11 August, 10:30 - 12:00

Children will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of different artistic materials, learn new creative techniques, have fun and develop their skills, before making their finished nature-inspired masterpiece. Taking place outdoors (weather permitting) in Flowerfield Park, budding naturalists will create bug hotels, bird feeders, planters, bug observation boxes, wind-chimes and lots more, all using recycled materials!

N.B. Creativity is messy! Wear suitable clothing for outdoor weather.

PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THE PARENTAL CONSENT FORM FOR EACH UNDER-18 TO reception@flowerfield.org NO LATER THAN 24 HOURS BEFORE THE ACTIVITY.


3-day Art in the Park (8-12 yrs)

Tuesday 9 August, 13:00 - 14:30
Wednesday 10 August, 13:00 - 14:30
Thursday 11 August, 13:00 - 14:30

Children will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of different artistic materials, learn new creative techniques, have fun and develop their skills, before making their finished nature-inspired masterpiece. Taking place outdoors (weather permitting) in Flowerfield Park, budding naturalists will create bug hotels, bird feeders, planters, bug observation boxes, wind-chimes and lots more, all using recycled materials!

N.B. Creativity is messy! Wear suitable clothing for outdoor weather.

PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THE PARENTAL CONSENT FORM FOR EACH UNDER-18 TO reception@flowerfield.org NO LATER THAN 24 HOURS BEFORE THE ACTIVITY.


Sand, fire, glass, sea: a Creative Writing & Glassmaking Workshop

Saturday 13 August, 10:30 - 14:30

Led by Author Bernie McGIll and Glass Artist Andrea Spencer of Benefield Spencer Glass, this half-day workshop will take inspiration from the landscape of the north coast. Following introductions and a short writing exercise, participants will alternate in two groups between a creative writing session and a glass-making session, during which time there will be a break for lunch (please bring your own packed lunch). At the end of the creative writing and glassmaking workshops, you will have created a piece of creative writing and flameworked glass, ending the session with a sharing of work. No previous experience is necessary.

Andrea Spencer maintains a studio in rural Ballintoy on the North Antrim Coast. Her work is inspired by nature, drawing on natural forms and structures to create pieces which correlate with aspects of the human condition.

Bernie McGill’s most recent short story collection, This Train is For, was published in June 2022 by No Alibis Press. Her novel The Watch House was nominated in 2019 for the Ireland/European Union Prize for Literature.


4-day Intensive Throwing Workshop

Tuesday 16 August, 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 17 August, 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 18 August, 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 19 August, 10:00 - 15:00

Join experienced local potter Fiona Shannon at Flowerfield Arts Centre during August Craft Month to learn the basics of throwing on the Pottery wheel. In this 4-day Masterclass you will learn and improve upon the basics of throwing on the pottery wheel. You will also master techniques to refine your work such as trimming the bases, adding handles, spouts and textures to your pots. If you already have experience working in clay and wish to improve upon your skills Fiona will happily demonstrate and assist you with this.

Fee includes materials and kiln firings (up to 3 bags of clay, any additional clay can be purchased for a small additional fee).

N.B. Creativity is messy! Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.


Needle-felting workshop

Saturday 20 August, 10:00 - 13:00

This 3 hour needle-felting workshop, led by Claire McDowell, is suitable for complete beginners, or those with some experience. Claire will lead you step-by step-through the basics of needle-felting; from creating a core wool structure, to blending custom shades of carded wool to help you create a beautiful, 3D garden bird sculpture of a blue-tit, robin or wren. Your piece can be displayed standing or can be mounted on a vintage china cup as a keepsake.

During the workshop you will learn how to:

  • needle-felt
  • blend wool
  • make your own 3D sculpture of a garden bird

Please note, this workshop is unsuitable for those with very limited fine motor skills


Silversmithing

Saturday 20 August, 10:00 - 16:00

Using traditional jewellery-making techniques such as piercing, soldering, shaping, texturing and polishing, create a unique set of silver stacking rings. No previous experience is required. All you need to bring is an apron and bundles of enthusiasm!


4-day Intensive Throwing Workshop

Tuesday 23 August, 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 24 August, 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 25 August, 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 26 August, 10:00 - 15:00

Join experienced local potter Fiona Shannon at Flowerfield Arts Centre during August Craft Month to learn the basics of throwing on the Pottery wheel. In this 4-day Masterclass you will learn and improve upon the basics of throwing on the pottery wheel. You will also master techniques to refine your work such as trimming the bases, adding handles, spouts and textures to your pots. If you already have experience working in clay and wish to improve upon your skills Fiona will happily demonstrate and assist you with this.

Fee includes materials and kiln firings (up to 3 bags of clay, any additional clay can be purchased for a small additional fee).

N.B. Creativity is messy! Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.


Creative Kids Activity Pack

Creative Kids Activity Pack!

Get Creative at home and let your imagination loose with our Creative Kids Activity Pack! The pack has been created by different local artists with fun art activities they think you'll enjoy. You can use your activity pack alone or with your family for hours of creative fun. Simply download and print off the pack to get started.

Inside the pack you will find lots of different creative activities including:

  • Scratch Art
  • Funny Eyes Craft
  • Dance and Movement Activity
  • Peg Pals Craft
  • The Emperors New Clothes Colouring-in
  • Create your own Spring Flowers Craft
  • Make your own Shadow Puppets

Thank you to our wonderful artists who created the fab art ideas for the pack including, Natasha Duddy, Karen Torley and Tonya Sheina Batts!

Share your creativity with us and send in pictures of anything you make to esther.alleyne@casuewaycoastandglens.gov.uk and we'll share them on our social media pages!


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