Taster Sessions

As part of The Cultural Spring programme and following on from our recent Community Get Together sessions held across all ten Cultural Spring wards we are organising a range of free taster sessions in a variety of art forms, including stained glass making, local storytelling, ceramics, upcycling, learning to play the ukulele, proggy mats, drawing, creative writing and many more.

These two hour sessions in a range of local venues aim to provide local residents with the opportunity of trying something new, having fun and taking part alongside friends you might not have met yet! All sessions are facilitated by professional artists.

Sessions will be happening across the Cultural Spring area during May/June/July and where sessions prove to be popular we’ll look at supporting longer projects on a particular activity.

No previous experience is necessary, beginners welcome, bring a family member / friend or just yourself, we look forward to meeting you.

Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult or group leader. Some sessions have limited capacity due to the nature of the activity, these are clearly marked in the activity information below and require you to contact Emma Horsman on 0191 427 8197 or
emma.horsman@theculturalspring.org.uk to reserve your place. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you have any questions about any of the activities please contact Emma on the details above and keep checking out our website for further details
http://www.theculturalspring.org.uk and the other events coming up through The Cultural Spring.

Biddick and All Saints

Chuter Ede Community Association

Tuesday 3 June 10am-12noon
Drama with Catherine Scott.
This session will look at basic drama skills, with a particular focus on scripts- how you get something from the page to the stage (we'll be looking at some TV scripts as well!). Participants need to wear something that is comfortable and they can move easily in (loose fitting trousers and trainers would be best). No one will be forced to perform or speak in front of each other so the session is suitable for anyone who is interested in drama, acting or theatre even if they hate public speaking!

Saturday 14 June 2pm-4pm
Art wall session with David Wilkinson
This taster session is designed to show what is possible when making a mural or wall painting. Please bring along a favourite image from home of South Shields or Chuter Ede area. Most materials will be provided but please feel free to bring your know materials for the design part. Suitable for 15 years and over. 


Tuesday 17 June 5-7pm
Visual arts / introduction to painting and calligraphy with David Wilkinson 
This Introductory Session is for beginners and those who may have already started out exploring the hobby of Drawing and Painting. (Visual Studies). Most materials will be provided, but please brings along your own materials if you wish and / or some of your work if you would like to share with the Artist and perhaps the group? Suitable for 12 and over.

 
Friday 20 June 5-7pm
Sculpture with Mark Burns Cassell
In this ceramic taster session participants will work with local ceramic artist Mark Burns Cassell to create 3D sculptural gargoyles and masks inspired by ancient Chinese and Egyptian designs. All resources, tools and materials will be provided for this session, but please come along wearing some old clothes for the activity.

 
Tuesday 1 July 5-7pm
Local storytelling with Anne Curtis (18 years+)
Stories sit at the heart of the human spirit but is the tradition of telling stories dying out? Do you have a favourite story to tell? Are you willing to tell part of your story?  Come along and share your stories with others or simply listen and brush up on story-telling skills. No pressure - just share... listen.... and enjoy!
 

All Saints Community Association

Friday 6 June 10am-12noon
Jewellery Making with Claire Finlay
This activity offers an introduction to basic jewellery making, Claire will show participants basic jewellery making skills. You will have the opportunity to make a bracelet, earrings and bookmarks

Tuesday 10 June 5-7pm
Creative writing with James Whitman
Do you have a story to tell? Can you tell it in just 140 characters? In these 2-hour workshops, James Whitman will teach you everything you need to know about writing super-short stories and publishing them on the Twitternets. We’ll be looking at what a story needs to make it a story, squashing up existing stories into 140 characters, looking at how Twitter works and writing different types of #TwitterFiction (from one-offs, to chain stories, to parody accounts, to collaborative stories).


Thursday 26 June 5pm-7pm
Creating a Piece of Music for Biddick Hall and All Saints with Sam Burt (Part One)
 These sessions will involve working with instruments, vocals and lyrics to create a song about the local area. Beginners and more experienced are equally welcome. An experienced songwriter will guide the group through the process, from the spark of an idea through to a fully finished song with music and lyrics
 

Friday 4 July 10am-12noon

Photography with Melanie Todd
This practical session with artist Melanie Todd is a great introduction to photography for beginners. Please bring along your own camera equipment if you have it, although this is not essential for you to enjoy the session.

Tuesday 8 July 5pm-7pm
Creating a Piece of Music for Biddick Hall and All Saints with Sam Burt (Part Two).
 

Boldon Colliery

 

Boldon Community Association

Saturday 31 May 10am-2pm
Community Taster Day featuring all artists below. Come along and sample a range of arts activities and get a flavour for what you can expect in the following weeks at Boldon Community Association.

Wednesday 4 June 10am-12noon
Summer Gardens textile session with Kath Price (Part One)
Using simple rug making techniques suitable for all! Let's start by making a poppy (or other flower) mini wall-hanging using the clippy mat technique. No experience is necessary. All equipment and recycled fabrics will be provided. Your project can be developed into a summer garden over subsequent weeks. Let's have fun!

Saturday 7 June 10am-12noon
Photography with Melanie Todd
This practical session with artist Melanie Todd is a great introduction to photography for beginners. Please bring along your own camera equipment if you have it, although this is not essential for you to enjoy the session. 

Wednesday 11 June 10am-12noon
Jewellery making with Claire Finlay
This activity offers an introduction to basic jewellery making, Claire will show participants basic jewellery making skills. You will have the opportunity to make a bracelet, earrings and bookmarks. 

Saturday 14 June 10am-12noon
Introduction to visual arts / fine art for beginners with David Wilkinson
This Introductory Session is for beginners and those who may have already started out exploring the hobby of Drawing and Painting. (Visual Studies). Most materials will be provided, but please brings along your own materials if you wish and / or some of your work if you would like to share with the Artist and perhaps the group? Suitable for 12 and over.
 
Wednesday 18 June 10am-12noon
Dance with Anna Hall from Braena
Braena will offer a fun and playful creative dance session for families of all ages and abilities.

Saturday 21 June 10am-12noon
Singing with Joe Johnson from Music In The Minster
A fun session to start you singing; whether you are a beginner or just want to try something different, why not come along and have some fun!  The workshop is designed to help you find and explore your singing voice through group activities (you won’t be made to sing on your own!).  All ages and abilities are welcome, and you don’t need to be able to read music; the emphasis is on fun, lifting our spirits and singing together, for the love of it! 
 
Wednesday 25 June 10am-12noon
Summer Gardens textile session with Kath Price (Part Two)
Using simple rug making techniques suitable for all! Let's start by making a poppy (or other flower) mini wall-hanging using the clippy mat technique. No experience is necessary. All equipment and recycled fabrics will be provided. Your project can be developed into a summer garden over subsequent weeks. Let's have fun!
 
Saturday 28 June 10am-12noon
Filmmaking with Robin Webb
Have a go at making a short film portrait of someone, something or someplace using video cameras and some basic video editing techniques in a short taster session. Bring a copy of a photo of the subject of your portrait and your imagination. Suitable for ages 10+. 

Wednesday 2 July 10am-12noon
Storytelling through song with Gareth Davies Jones
Come along and see how the stories from your community can be told through song. Hear examples from other places and work with singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gareth Davies-Jones to put together lyrics and melodies that conjure up a musical picture of your area. You don’t have to be musical or play an instrument - you’re welcome if you do or don’t. You just need to know a little about where you live. Age 14 and upwards - no equipment necessary.” 

Castle

Castletown Community Association


Friday 6 June 6-8pm
Ukulele session for beginners with Charles Harrison (Part One)
Introduction to ukulele session. A fun filled two hour session. Beginners and more advanced players are welcome. Please bring along your own ukulele. We have a limited number of ukes available for use during the session. Please contact Emma Horsman on 0191 427 8197 if you'd like to borrow a ukulele for this session.
 
Tuesday 10 June 1-3pm
Local storytelling and gathering with Carol Cooke

Storytelling and gathering – Memories are made of this.  Please bring with you a photo, and an artefact, like a ring, or an ornament or a book, or anything which holds meaning for you, and a story about your first, or best, kiss.  We will be sharing these stories and probably recording them if you wish. 
 
Friday 13 June 6-8pm
Ukulele session for beginners with Charles Harrison (Part Two)

Introduction to ukulele session. A fun filled two hour session. Beginners and more advanced players are welcome. Please bring along your own ukulele. We have a limited number of ukes available for use during the session. Please contact Emma Horsman on 0191 427 8197 if you'd like to borrow a ukulele during this session.
 
Tuesday 17 June 1-3pm
Local storytelling and gathering with Carol Cooke

Story telling and gathering – Memories are made of this.  Please bring with you a photo, and an artefact, like a ring, or an ornament or a book, or anything which holds meaning for you, and a story about your first, or best, kiss.  We will be sharing these stories and probably recording them if you wish. 

Friday 11 July 5.30-7.30pm
Creative writing with James Whitman
Do you have a story to tell? Can you tell it in just 140 characters? In these 2-hour workshops, James Whitman will teach you everything you need to know about writing super-short stories and publishing them on the Twitternets. We’ll be looking at what a story needs to make it a story, squashing up existing stories into 140 characters, looking at how Twitter works and writing different types of #TwitterFiction (from one-offs, to chain stories, to parody accounts, to collaborative stories).

Friday 18 July 5.30-7.30pm
Make your own felt stuffed toy with Pui Lee
Make Your Own Felt Stuffed Toys with Artist Pui Lee. Bring any old buttons, reels of thread/yarn, felt sheets that you may like to use. Age Restrictions: 8yrs +. All participants under 16yrs should be accompanied by an adult. Younger ones will need additional help during the activity because basic stitching is involved.

 

Community Stained Glass Shop, Cranleigh Road.

Tuesday 24 June 5.30-7.30pm

Stained Glass Art (Part One)
Have a go at cutting glass, layering up glass colours and making some of the following: fused glass brooches, necklaces, fridge magnets, coasters or tea lights with help from Sue and Margaret. The work will be fired after the first session, so you can quickly learn how glass melts and make new pieces the following week. Suitable for 8 years plus. Places are limited for this activity, please contact Emma Horsman on 0191 427 8197 or emma@customshouse.co.uk to confirm your attendance.

 

Tuesday 1 July 5.30-7.30pm
Stained Glass Art (Part Two)

East Boldon and Cleadon

Cleadon Methodist Church Hall

Tuesday 1 July 1-3pm
Photography with Phyllis Christopher 
This workshop is an introduction to basic photography skills with an emphasis on taking pleasing portraits using both natural and studio lighting. Participants are welcome to bring samples of photographs that they admire as well as their own photographs so that specific areas of interest can be addressed. You are encouraged to bring your own camera, but this is not necessary as I will provide 2 professional digital SLR’s. 

Tuesday 8 July 1-3pm
Textiles and up cycling clothes with Pui Lee
Upcycle old clothes/old T-Shirts to create a rag rug session with Artist Pui Lee. Please bring lots of old T-Shirts and old clothes with you. (Adult-sized preferably). Age Restrictions: 8yrs +. All participants under 16yrs should be accompanied by an adult and may need additional help during the activity.

Tuesday 15 July 1-3pm
Drama with Peter Lathan
A fun and supportive introduction to Drama for those who've always wanted to try it but don't know where to start or thought they couldn't do it.  You can! Suitable for over 16's only. 

 

Cleadon All Saints Church Hall

 

Monday 16 June 7.15-9.15pm

Local Heritage Story Gathering and Storytelling with Tom Kelly (Part One)

Tom Kelly, Jarrow-born writer, will tell his local stories and listen to your tales about Cleadon and East Boldon.

 

Tuesday 24 June 6-8pm

Local Heritage Story Gathering and Storytelling with Tom Kelly (Part Two)

 

Monday 30 June 7.15-9.15pm

The Life and Work of Bobby Thompson 'Little Waster' with Pete Peverley

Come along and to a talk about the life and work of Little waster Bobby Thompson and his connection to Washington.  The talk includes a small photographic

exhibition and a display of his famous costumes. Pete will take you on a journey exploring the changes in our communities through the decades via Bobby’s Material. 

Fulwell

Fulwell Community Association

Tuesday 3rd June 7-9pm

Craft, textiles and Upcycling session with Claudia Van Lieshout Smit from The Textillery
Make do and mend. Craft, textiles and upcycling session. 'Jumper Monkeys'. These cute little monkeys have so much personality you can't help but love them. 
Materials: bring an old jumper, preferably with stripes and made of wool.


Fulwell Methodist Church

Wednesday 18th June 6-8pm
Singing with Liz Corney (Part One)
The sessions will include fun and easy warm ups, call and response songs, rounds and easy part singing. Participants just need to bring themselves and a drink.
 

Wednesday 25th June 6-8pm                
Singing with Liz Corney (Part Two)

Wednesday 2nd July 6-8pm
Musical Instruments Session with Sam Burt (Part Two)
This is a musical instrument session for beginners only, including workshops on percussion instruments ukeleles and guitars, the instruments have been kindly supplied by our friends at The Bunker. This session is capped at 15 participants.

Wednesday 9th July 6-8pm
Musical Instruments Session with Sam Burt (Part Two)

Tuesday 29th July, 10.30am-12.30pm. Visit to Lydia's House, Hendon. Furniture restoration workshop/tour.
 Meet outside Fulwell Methodist Church at 10am.
Lydia's House is a social enterprise based in Hendon, Sunderland. That offers bespoke lessons on how to upcycle furniture and full interior affects. Places are limited, please contact Emma Horsman who is arranging transport to and from the workshop. If you wish to make your own way there, please contact Emma (0191 4278197) to reserve your place. 
 

Redby Community Association

Wednesday 11th June 10am-12noon
Poetry reading and writing with Carol Cooke
Read a poem, talk about it, and see what you make of it.  Then write a group poem or one of your own, on the same theme.

 


Wednesday 16th July 10am -12noon
Visual Arts session with Julie McCord
The class will be provided with a cast that they will paint and take away with them, after a brief demonstration and examples of previously produced work are shown. This session is suitable for all ages.

Thursday 24th July 10am-12noon
Local story gathering and storytelling with Peter Lathan

We all love stories, listening to them and telling them. And we all know about Spottee, the Cauld Lad and the Lambton Worm but there are many other Sunderland stories. Bring those you know - a pen and paper - and we'll work out how to tell them most effectively.

 

Southwick

Southwick Primary School Playground

Tuesday 22 July 1-3pm               
Creating an Art wall with Paul Martin
Come along to this fun-filled afternoon with Urban Artist Paul Martin (P). Please wear old, comfortable clothes suitable for working with paints.

Tuesday 29 July 1-3pm                 
Children's storytelling session for adults and children with Corinne Kilvington
 Suitable for any age, this session will look at how we bring a story to life, the different voices and games we can play around popular stories to widen and continue the enjoyment of a story.  It would be great if participants can bring their favourite book with them.

Thursday 7 August 1-3pm
Singing for people interested in joining a group with Laura Taylor
 
Thursday 14 August 1-3pm   
Creating an Art wall with Paul Martin
Come along to this fun-filled afternoon with Urban Artist Paul Martin (P). Please wear old, comfortable clothes suitable for working with paints.


Austin House

Thursday 26 June 10am-12noon
Photography with Phyllis Christopher
This workshop is an introduction to basic photography skills with an emphasis on taking pleasing portraits using both natural and studio lighting. Participants are welcome to bring samples of photographs that they admire as well as their own photographs so that specific areas of interest can be addressed. You are encouraged to bring your own camera, but this is not necessary as I will provide two professional digital SLR’s

Friday 4 July 10am-12noon
Drama for performance with Corinne Kilvington
suitable for ages 12 Up to any age. During this session you will look at how a script is taken from page to stage. You will need nothing but wear comfortable clothes so that you can move about easily, a bottle of water, a note pad and pen. 


Southwick Old Town Hall

Thursday 12 June 12.45-2.45pm, and Thursday 19 June 10am - 12pm
Creative Writing with Fiona Evans
What makes a good story? These sessions will explore storytelling through monologue. Facilitated by Fiona Evans, an award-winning playwright who writes for theatre, radio, television and film. She graduated from the BBC Writers' Academy 2007 and has written for long running shows including Casualty, Doctors, EastEnders, Holby City & Hollyoaks. Her play Scarborough enjoyed a sell-out run at the Royal Court Theatre in 2008, and last year her Radio 3 play The Startling Truths of Old World Sparrows, directed by Pauline Harris, won the Silver award at the Grand Prix Nova International Radio Drama Festival. This session is suitable for participants aged 16 +.

St. Peter's

Quaker Meeting House/HOPs

 
Thursday 26 June 5.30-7.30pm
Creative writing with Jessica Wortley 
 
A Creative Writing taster session which will use short writing exercises to explore and celebrate the natural world. Participants will need only a pen and paper/notebook. This session is suitable for people aged 12 years plus. (Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult).

Thursday 3 July 5.30-7.30pm
Ceramics /sculpture with Mark Burns Cassell 
 
In this ceramic taster session participants will work with local ceramic artist Mark Burns Cassell to create 3D sculptural gargoyles and masks inspired by ancient Chinese and Egyptian designs. All resources, tools and materials will be provided for this session, but please come along wearing some old clothes for the activity.

Thursday 10 July 5.30-7.30pm
Digital Media Workshop with Leon Garshong from Media Savvy
Session learners will be able to restore one or more damaged photographs and also create one or more unique digital artworks, using a wide selection of digital image resources. Photos will be provided for this session.


St Andrew's Church Hall

Thursday 12 June 5.30-7.30pm, and Thursday 19 June 5.30-7.30pm
Singing Part One with Liz Corney
 The sessions will include fun and easy warm ups, call and response songs, rounds and easy part singing. Participants just need to bring themselves and a drink. 

 

Roker Park

Saturday 21st June - 2.30-4.30
Theatre Space NE will lead A workshop inspired by Macbeth at Roker Park
Meet at the Bandstand, Roker Park.
This is a free, no experience necessary, all welcome. In this 2 hour workshop you'll work with the opening scene of Macbeth, looking at the text and what it means, bringing it to life in and around the park. Come comfortably dressed as (weather permitting) this workshop will take place outside.
Up to 30 places available,  contact Corinne Kilvington on 07960 838434 to reserve your place

 

National Glass Centre

Tuesday 22nd July, 11am – 12.30pm

Stained Glass Making at the National Glass Centre

Make your own sandblasted Coasters at the National Glass Centre. Suitable for ages 5 years+ under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. Places are limited for this activity, please contact Emma Horsman to reserve your place and for further details about the session by Friday 18th July 2014

Whitburn and Marsden

 

Whitburn Parish Church Hall

Friday 6 June 6-8pm
Singing with Joe Johnston from Music In The Minster (Part One)
A fun session to start you singing; whether you are a beginner or just want to try something different, why not come along and have some fun!  The workshop is designed to help you find and explore your singing voice through group activities (you won’t be made to sing on your own!).  All ages and abilities are welcome, and you don’t need to be able to read music; the emphasis is on fun, lifting our spirits and singing together, for the love of it! 
 
Friday 13 June 6-8pm
Singing with Joe Johnston from Music In The Minster (Part Two)

Friday 20 June 6-8pm
Silk painting with Claudia van Lieshout Smit 
Create a beautiful silk painted picture. During this short introduction class you will have the opportunity to try out the different techniques involved in silk painting. To make a small silk painted picture you will be introduced to these techniques, stretching oyour silk on to a frame ready for painting, using wet on wet painting, create paint effects using salt. This class gives just a taste of what can be achieved using silk paints.You will take home your own unique silk painted picture which can then be made into a card, sewn into a cusion or used as a wall hanging. Bring some images you would like to use.

Friday 27 June 6-8pm
Story telling and story gathering with Anne Curtis
Stories sit at the heart of the human spirit but is the tradition of telling stories dying out? Do you have a favourite story to tell? Are you willing to tell part of your story?  Come along and share your stories with others or simply listen and brush up on story-telling skills. No pressure - just share... listen.... and enjoy!

Friday 4 July 6-8pm
Upcycling with Pauline Taylor (age 10 years+)
Upcycling is like making something out of nothing; using things you have finished with at home like plastic bags, bottles, tee shirts and socks to make new products. If you are able to bring a tee shirt, a pop bottle or a few plastic carrier bags that are past their best - that would be great. Equipment will be provided.

 
Souter Lighthouse

Monday 23 June 6-8pm

Sculpture with Nicola Lynch

Create a sculptural glowing lighthouse lantern from willow and tissue paper, inspired by Souter Lighthouse.  All materials provided. Suitable for ages 14+


Monday 30 June 6-8pm
Drawing and illustration with Ian Potts
 Have you always wanted to learn to draw and paint?  Don’t wait any longer, simply come down to the beautiful Souter lighthouse and learn some skills to get you started.  All the materials will be provided. Note that weather permitting we may work for some of the time outside. 

Monday 14 July 6-8pm
Folk music session with South Shields Folk Club (part two)
 

National Glass Centre

Thursday 24th July, 2pm – 3.30pm

Amusing Fusing* A glass fusing workshop that will take place at the National Glass Centre. This session is suitable for 6 years +, all under 16's must be accompanied by an adult.(*Work is collected at a later date). Places are limited for this activity, please contact Emma Horsman to reserve your place and for further details about the session by Friday 18 July 2014.

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