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

0-12 children’s category – £12 City Arts Workshop Voucher 

13-17 Teen’s category – £15 City Arts Workshop Voucher

Adult’s Category – Bill’s Restaurant meal for 4 with wine

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 Screen 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 Screen 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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Events at City Arts – Berkshire

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Events at City Arts: People from all over Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire travel to Newbury, to take part in our events!

We are very proud of our City Arts community events, which are for all ages and abilities and are priced at either £1 or are free! We are also very pleased to work with and support other small, local, independent businesses, including: Sunny Faces, Acespace, Rainbows, No96 & Willow & Blooms.



Create Your Own Birdbox for Adults 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 art and craft-work, in the form of a Bird Box. The boxes can be given 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.

Bird Box Sizes: 

W: 14cm / H: 22cm / D: 17cm / Bird Entrance 4.5cm diameter

W: 11cm / H: 17 /  D: 13 / Bird Entrance 4cm diameter 

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

Let us know which bird design you’d like, when booking

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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!

Learn different ways of creating abstract patterns, using a combination of techniques – there are no rules to this one – every piece is unique!  

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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Mixed Media Tree for Kids with Sarah Moorcroft

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Tuesday 7th August, 10am – 12pm

Come and create a mixed media, tree painting in this specialised workshop with Sarah Moorcroft. 

Sarah’s workshops are so popular, because kids get to experiment, explore, learn and express themselves – in a fun, relaxed and supportive environment – and they always learn something new!

During this specialist workshop, your child will be learning and applying a variety of exciting skills which will challenge their motor skills and imaginations! 

Skills and techniques include: 
~ Collage
~ Colour-Toning
~ Layering
~ Dragging Paint
~ Paper-Cutting Techniques
And More!

No experience is necessary!

Age: 8+ (supervised) 10+ (unsupervised) 
Cost: £15 (all materials included)

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