Workshops

Creative Writing Course - Decades

4 week course starting Thursday 5th May, 7pm - 9pm, Cost: £35

With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrated this year, many folks are looking back through the changing times of the past 70 years. Take part in this innovative creative writing course facilitated by the poet Anne McMaster and trace your own path through these decades, building a confidently creative voice as you devise, discuss and create either poetry, flash fiction, memoir or prose. These workshops are open to new and experienced writers - just bring notebooks and memories! Notes, quotes and prompts accompanying each workshop will be emailed to participants after each session has concluded.


Create your own Clay Castle Moneybox

Saturday 28th May, 10:30am - 12:30pm, Cost: £13.75

In this one-day workshop with local Ceramic Artist Fiona Shannon you will design, make and decorate your own Clay Castle made out of Air dry clay. Fiona will help you get creative making the best castle in all the land, adding dragons, Princes and Princesses, so secure that you can keep all of your treasures in it!

Designed for beginners, this class will be a fun creative environment to get crafty using a range of clay hand building techniques. This workshop is not only fun but improves children’s creative skills, self-expression, confidence and dexterity. You will be able to take your clay Castle moneybox home at the end of the workshop to paint and add varnish to so please bring a box with you to carry it home in safe.


The Big Community Bunting Stitch-up

The Big Community Bunting Stitch-up

14th, 21st and 28th May

Sessions on each of these dates run 10am - 11am, 11am - 12pm and 12pm - 1pm

FREE Admission, booking is advised.

No summer would be complete without some festive bunting! All are welcome to drop-in to our free bunting-making sessions which will be taking place at Flowerfield and Roe Valley Arts Centres April and May. Have fun exploring a range of textile decoration techniques in bunting-size pieces! There will be an opportunity to try block printing, stencil making, applique and mixed-media collage, hand and machine sewing. There will be lots of lovely materials to play with, recycled fabrics, sari ribbons, buttons and fabric paints and pencils. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Add your distinctive creative style to the mix to create a GIANT bunting!

You will be using glue, scissors, needles and a range of materials. Suitable for all levels, from beginners to more advanced.

Booking is advised and booking is encouraged on the 10am and 11am sessions.


Nature and Creative Writing - What is Best in Us at Downhill Beach

Saturday 18th June, Downhill Beach, 10am - 12.00pm, Cost £11

‘Nature is loved by what is best in us,’ Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote. These four walk/talk/write workshops (available to book individually or as a full course of four) facilitated by the poet Anne McMaster will give writers inspiring opportunities to respond creatively to the natural world. Take gentle wooded walks, carefully trace river paths, enjoy wonderful views and visit some of the most strikingly beautiful coastline on the island. The emphasis in each workshop is not on long hikes but on mindfully focused attention to stunning spaces that we often take for granted. As we walk and talk together, you’ll discover creative writing techniques, find inspiration with nature-based prompts and learn confident writing techniques that will allow you to capture your experiences on the page. Please dress for the weather and bring a small notebook/pen or your smartphone (if you have one). Notes, quotes and prompts accompanying each workshop will be emailed to participants after each session has concluded.


Nature and Creative Writing - What is Best in Us at Binevenagh

Saturday 2nd July, Binevenagh,10am - 12.00pm, Cost:£11

‘Nature is loved by what is best in us,’ Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote. These four walk/talk/write workshops (available to book individually or as a full course of four) facilitated by the poet Anne McMaster will give writers inspiring opportunities to respond creatively to the natural world. Take gentle wooded walks, carefully trace river paths, enjoy wonderful views and visit some of the most strikingly beautiful coastline on the island. The emphasis in each workshop is not on long hikes but on mindfully focused attention to stunning spaces that we often take for granted. As we walk and talk together, you’ll discover creative writing techniques, find inspiration with nature-based prompts and learn confident writing techniques that will allow you to capture your experiences on the page. Please dress for the weather and bring a small notebook/pen or your smartphone (if you have one). Notes, quotes and prompts accompanying each workshop will be emailed to participants after each session has concluded.


Nature and Creative Writing - What is Best in Us at Roe Valley Country Park

Saturday 30thJuly, Roe Valley Country Park, 10am - 12.00pm, Cost: £11

‘Nature is loved by what is best in us,’ Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote. These four walk/talk/write workshops (available to book individually or as a full course of four) facilitated by the poet Anne McMaster will give writers inspiring opportunities to respond creatively to the natural world. Take gentle wooded walks, carefully trace river paths, enjoy wonderful views and visit some of the most strikingly beautiful coastline on the island. The emphasis in each workshop is not on long hikes but on mindfully focused attention to stunning spaces that we often take for granted. As we walk and talk together, you’ll discover creative writing techniques, find inspiration with nature-based prompts and learn confident writing techniques that will allow you to capture your experiences on the page. Please dress for the weather and bring a small notebook/pen or your smartphone (if you have one). Notes, quotes and prompts accompanying each workshop will be emailed to participants after each session has concluded.


Nature and Creative Writing - What is Best in Us at Garvagh Forest

Saturday 6th August, Garvagh Forest, 10am - 12.00pm, Cost £11

‘Nature is loved by what is best in us,’ Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote. These four walk/talk/write workshops (available to book individually or as a full course of four) facilitated by the poet Anne McMaster will give writers inspiring opportunities to respond creatively to the natural world. Take gentle wooded walks, carefully trace river paths, enjoy wonderful views and visit some of the most strikingly beautiful coastline on the island. The emphasis in each workshop is not on long hikes but on mindfully focused attention to stunning spaces that we often take for granted. As we walk and talk together, you’ll discover creative writing techniques, find inspiration with nature-based prompts and learn confident writing techniques that will allow you to capture your experiences on the page. Please dress for the weather and bring a small notebook/pen or your smartphone (if you have one). Notes, quotes and prompts accompanying each workshop will be emailed to participants after each session has concluded.


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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