August 2018

City Arts Presents: Chalkfest 2018

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Collage 1 Monday 6th August, 10am – 4pm

Market Square, Newbury

Join City Arts CHALKFEST 2018 in Newbury Market Square.

Our fantastic, free community event is for all ages and abilities! If you can’t get on the floor, they’ll be a table for you to draw at. We also have kneeling pads available – just ask for one.
CHALKFEST brings the whole community together – last year we had over 1000 people join us, creating individual and group chalk drawings.
It’s an amazing day, filled with excitement, creativity and very chalky hands!
Age: All Ages
Cost: Free
Competition: £1 to enter
Age Categories:
0 – 12 years
13 – 17 years
Adults (18+)
How to Enter: Just turn up, register and pay £1
*Sunny Faces – Face Painting*
Sunny will be joining us again this year, bringing her unique and beautiful designs to Chalkfest.
Prices vary, depending on design chosen.
Sun shade & Sun cream
Water & Snacks
Change for our Donation Bucket!

Recycled Junk Session with Sarah Moorcroft

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Wednesday 1st August, 10am – 11am

This parent/ carer and child session is all about getting creative with recycled junk, using your imagination and encouraging your child to experiment and explore different materials and skills. 

Perfect for developing fine motor skills, confidence, social skills and creativity – but most of all… having fun! 

Sarah will be there to provide instructions, advice and tips on how to design and construct anything your child’s imagination can come up with. 

From buildings to machines, animals to robots, plants to aliens – the choice is yours!

Age: Universal (supervised at all times)
Cost: £8 per child (all materials included)

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Breakdown Printing: 2wk Evening Course with Sue Crook

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Wednesday 1st & 8th August, 6pm – 8pm

Create some interesting abstract patterns onto fabric using ‘Breakdown Printing’ with Procion dyes, in this two week evening course with Sue Crook. 

During our first session, we will prepare the textured screen, using thickened dye and suitable plastic inserts – e.g. bubblewrap, plastic mesh. 

This will be left to dry over the intervening week and, once the inserts are removed, there will be beautiful patterns, shapes and textures remaining. 

We will then print onto the fabric and scarf during our second session. Initially, the dried print paste will act as a resist but, as we apply more, it will slowly dissolve and ‘breakdown’ – providing some interesting abstract patterns, each one being different from the last.

Age: Teens & Adults (unsupervised)
Cost: £60 (for both weeks, including all materials)

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Manga Poster Day with Donna Lewis

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Thursday 2nd August, 10am – 3pm

Join us for a whole day of drawing Manga with Donna Lewis.

During the session, we will cover traditional Manga drawing techniques and specialist equipment. Focusing on different facial features, clothing, characters and settings.

Having learnt the basics in the morning, you will then spend the afternoon producing a poster, of your own design. 

There will be lots of step-by-step instructions, and useful tips to help you with the creation of your manga characters and setting. 

Age: 8+, Teens & Adults (unsupervised)
Cost: £45 (including all materials)

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Community Day: Create a Mixed Media Wall Hanging

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Friday 3rd August, 10am – 4pm

This is a fundraising, community event for the whole family to do together – no matter your age or ability, just join in! 

Each attendee will be given one square of fabric to design and decorate any way you wish – you can stitch, paint, stamp, embellish, score, print, glue, staple and colour! 

As we go through the day, each square will be joined together, to make a huge wall hanging for City Arts! 

We’ll be using a variety of materials and equipment, so make sure you Dress For Mess! 

Bring the whole family along for a great day at City Arts – join in the creativity and then relax in our snug-area with some refreshments – all in aid of our *CITY ARTS RENOVATION PROJECT* 

Age: Universal – all welcome, from Toddlers to Adults (supervised)
Cost: £1 per person (all proceeds go towards our Charity Renovation Project)

To Book: No need to book, just turn up and pay on the door.

Design & Create Your Own Birdbox with Emma Green

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Saturday 4th August, 10am- 4pm

This workshop is an opportunity for adults to create a unique piece of artwork that you can give as a gift, or use in your own garden/ allotment/ window ledge. 

Inspiration will come from foliage, animals, insects and birds found in the British countryside, reflecting and appreciating the natural world that surrounds us. 

Designs will be applied to pre-formed wooden bird boxes, using multi layered stencils, which you will make – to bring alive your ideas and create a unique and intricate piece, which can be displayed indoors or used outside.

Age: Adults
Cost: £30 (including all materials)

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Experimental Painting & Fabric Techniques with Sarah Moorcroft

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Sunday 5th August, 10am – 2pm

Come and join Sarah for a day of experimenting and exploring materials, techniques & processes!

Explore different ways of creating abstract patterns, using a combination of techniques – there are no rules to this one! 

Using a mixture of gutta, stamps, mark-making, alcohol inks and dyes, you get to experiment, have fun, be creative and play with different techniques! 

This session will give you the opportunity to work with a variety of materials and fabrics, including silks, acrylics, fabric paints and paper.

Age: Teens & Adults (unsupervised)
Cost: £45 (all materials included)

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