Typography and Print – Creative Wellbeing Packs!

Hello Everyone, it’s Lea. I hope you are all well and have been enjoying and staying cool enough under the hot sun we’ve had recently! This month, we are introduced to artist Donna Thompson who has created some amazing type and print making content for you to get your hands on!

Donna has made a video to show you how to use your ink stamp pad, and the various materials you can try to make all sorts of shapes and lines for your own artwork. Give it a watch for some inspiration, pop on some music and have a go!

Click here to view Donna’s Printmaking video

After seeing Donna’s pack, I went on my own mindful wander to try and look at things creatively and differently. I wanted to find things that looked like faces upon second glance, and it was surprisingly fun to do! Some are more abstract than others and here is what I found:

Watch this Pixar short film and you will  find faces everywhere! https://prettybird.co/us/talent/collaborators/saschka-unseld/work/the-blue-umbrella/

Our brilliant volunteer and trustee at Creative Arts East Liz has also created her illuminated letter and typography friend- aren’t they great! Did you know that during lockdown, an archeologist at Oxborough Hall recently found a rare 600-year-old illuminated manuscript under the floorboards of an attic room. The gold leaf and blue colour can still be seen on the illuminated initials too! You can read more about this here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/oxburgh-hall/news/archaeologist-discovers-rare-items-under-the-floor-of-oxburgh-hall

 

And Donna has compiled a list of extra resources at the bottom of this blog if you looking for even more interesting information related to the packs!

As always, if you would like to share anything you have created using the packs with us, please email Sydney at sydney@creativeartseast.co.uk or even call us and we’d love to hear all about it!

If you are a member of the ‘Our Day Out’ groups, feel free to share any of your creations on our private Facebook page! If you need any help sharing, you can give us a call and we will try our best to walk through it together.

Do let us know if you have any friends, family, or  neighbours who you think would benefit from receiving a Creative Wellbeing Pack too. You can contact us by calling us on 01953 713390 or by emailing info@creativeartseast.co.uk 

 

Ta-ra for now,

Lea and the Creative Arts East Team x

 

Illuminated letters:

https://www.ancient.eu/Illuminated_Manuscripts/

A Brief History of Illuminated Manuscripts by the Getty Museum

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0L0SZ4TB58

William Morris (black and white G was one of his designs)

https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/william-morris-text

Typography Faces:

http://typeand.press/new-blog/2016/10/19/typographic-portraits-by-jan-vermandere

 

Wassily Kandinsky:

Watch Kandinsky painting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc83deRcKMoWhat

10 Amazing facts about Kandinsky

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaviUsz2r9M

Art and Design BBC: Kandinsky’s ‘Schaukeln’

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/art-and-design-ks2-kandinskys-schaukeln/zv7g7nb

What Does Colour Sound Like? Kandinsky and Music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xDnxkzQtdI&t=91s

Colour Theory by Kandinsky

https://www.mat.ucsb.edu/~g.legrady/academic/courses/12w259/Kandinsky_%20Color%20Theory.pdf

I spy with my little eye – A film about Kandinsky by Stefan Scheider (30 mins)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf5FvgJ7Lhk

 

Music that inspired Wassily Kandinsky:

Schoenberg - Three Piano Pieces

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeTFxbsVGrl

Wagner - Lohengrin: Prelude to Act I

Unleash Your Inner Poet – Creative Wellbeing Packs!

Hello there, It’s me again – Sydney! I hope that you all enjoyed getting your bodies moving and hips shaking with the help of our last creative wellbeing pack, lovingly inspired and co-created by Kay Wheatley. This month’s pack is all about creative writing and how we can use the world around us as inspiration for poems, stories and characters. Poppy Stevens (our creative writing expert) has created some truly wonderful poetry activities for you all to try in the comfort of your own home.

In previous wellbeing packs, the Creative Arts East ‘Our Day Out’ groups have responded to a couple of activities from Poppy, and sent us their poetic creations in the post. Poppy has then magically turned them into 2 beautiful poems for you all to read and see below! Sometimes I close my eyes and listen to the words, it helps me listen and visualise (give it a go!).

Click here to view the first collaborative poem called Window Frame

Click here to view the second collaborative poem called A Picture of Home

Here’s what Poppy has to say:

I have been so delighted by the response of the Our Day Out participants. All the poems I read were thoughtful, well written and creative. Having such a wide range of wonderful poems made my job; collating and editing them into a group poem, an absolute dream. 

When reading the poems for ‘Window Frame’ what stood out were the beautiful descriptions of nature mixed with the tedious days and a feeling of hope during lock down. All the poems brought together have captured, nature, tedium, appreciation and hope in a beautifully descriptive way.

The poem ‘A Picture of Home’ was an absolute joy to curate. Every object poem that I received was thoughtful, descriptive, creative and held its own as a verse. Each verse was a piece that all together created a whole picture of home. ‘A Picture of Home’ explores the meaning and importance of the objects that make up our homes, in an imaginative and creative way, thanks to all your wonderful words.

Thank you so much, I have loved collaborating with you. I hope you enjoy the packs and continue writing fantastic poetry.

If you’d like to try some more poetry activities, Poppy has some on her You tube channel – here is one below:

As always, if you receive our Creative Wellbeing Packs and would like to share any of your creativity with us, please email info@creativeartseast.co.uk or even call us- we are very open to hearing any poetry through the phone!

If you are a member of the ‘Our Day Out’ groups, feel free to share any of your creations on our private Facebook page! If you need any help sharing, you can give us a call and we will try our best to walk through it together.

Do let us know if you have any friends, family or neighbours who you think would benefit from receiving a Creative Wellbeing Pack too. You can contact us by calling us on 01953 713390 or by emailing info@creativeartseast.co.uk 

Ta-ra for now,

Sydney and the Creative Arts East Team x

A Taste of Egypt – Creative Wellbeing Packs!

Hello friends, it’s Sydney here! I hope you enjoyed your last Jazz themed Wellbeing pack. Al Southgate took us on a journey starting in the 1920’s and ended up in our homes, helping us to create drums! Next, we are looking at Egyptian Dance with the help of the wonderful Kay Wheatley.

Kay has helped us to fill the wellbeing packs with a whole host of Egyptian themed activities, including an Egyptian Recipe, a guide to make our own hip belts and some dance moves to try. Below is a bonus dance move for us to try, grab your hip belts…

Hip drop – Place your weight onto your left leg (don’t forget to hold onto a chair for support if you need and to tighten your core/tummy muscles to improve stability). Place the ball of your right foot close to your left so that your heel is lifted. Keep the heel lifted. Think about raising your right hip using internal muscles and then ‘drop’ the right hip down in a controlled fashion. Lift the right hip again and ‘drop’ it down. If you aren’t holding onto a chair, take your left arm up towards the ceiling with place your right arm on your hip. Try to repeat 16 right hips drops and then try the same on the left leg, repeat 16 left hip drops. One side will be easier than the other!

As always, we absolutely love seeing what you are getting up to, so if you have anything to share, like a picture of your hip belt or colouring, why not email them to me at sydney@creativeartseast.co.uk. or for Our Day Out groups,  post them on our Facebook page. If you need any help sharing, you can give us a call and we will try our best to walk through it together.

For now, here is a poem which I would like to share with you all. It is also a hint as to what will be the theme for the next pack..

My Object Poem –

A battered and well-loved cuddly cat. Orange and white.

Smells like home.

Quiet and calm childhood bedroom.

At Holidays and Hope Cove

Safety

Parents, family, childhood

Ta-ra for now,

Sydney and the Creative Arts East Team x

Let’s Get Jazzy – Creative Wellbeing Packs!

Hi everyone, it’s me, Sydney!

I hope you are well and staying positive. Our latest Wellbeing pack was themed around Jazz and all the wonderful things associated with it. We were introduced to our very talented and jazzy artist, Alan Southgate, who provided us with physical/vocal warmups, lyrics to ‘Fly me to the Moon’ and a guide on how to get jazzy at home by creating a drum using a washing up bowl and brushes! We also gave you the opportunity to do some drawing to music/colouring in, and we’d love to see some of your responses – you can see my attempt at the colouring sheet below! Please share them with us (you can find out how at the bottom of this page).

Alan has recorded some videos telling us more about jazz and how to be creative at home. You can find these on the Creative Arts East YouTube channel. I have popped Alan’s first video below for you…

If you want to access more of the videos Click here

It has been lovely hearing from you through our phone calls. It seems as though a lot of you are enjoying seeing the flowers bloom and birds nesting in your gardens, I have definitely been enjoying the lighter evenings – I even have blue tits nesting in the eaves of my house!

So, if you have anything to share, like your examples of drawing to music, you can email them to me at sydney@creativeartseast.co.uk.

If you are a member of the ‘Our Day Out’ groups, feel free to share any of your creations on our private Facebook page! If you need any help sharing, you can give us a call and we will try our best to walk through it together.

Do let us know if you have any friends, family or neighbours who you think would benefit from receiving a Creative Wellbeing Pack too. You can contact us by calling us on 01953 713390 or by emailing info@creativeartseast.co.uk 

Ta-ra for now,

Sydney and the Creative Arts East Team x