@LIFEbeatUK (https://lifebeat.uk/) is a charity that provides training for teachers and youth workers as well as creative residential programmes for 14 to 18-year-olds. They believe that the voice of every young person counts and that a creative approach to wellbeing can transform a young person’s life, allowing them to find their unique talents and passion in the world. This week they’re inviting us to connect with nature, recognising its beauty and diversity whilst noticing its influence on our mood and wellbeing.
Create a mandala using natural objects such as flowers, stones and leaves to symbolise your connection with yourself and with the natural world. A mandala is usually a geometric design or circular pattern that is organised around a single, central point. In different spiritual traditions, they have been used to focus attention.
Think about the different colours, textures and designs of each element and how they interact with each other to create the bigger picture. What story can you create with your patterns? How can the process of building your mandala feel calming and reflective? How does the mandala you have created reflect something of you and who you are?
Full challenge: https://mailchi.mp/64millionartists.com/the-weekly-challenge-8th-june-2020
We’ve created our way through May, and now The Weekly Challenge is back! Sign up to receive the emails at dothinkshare.com/sign-up.
@degeneratefoxUK are a London based theatre company who do things quickly! ‘The Dirty Thirty’ is a collection of thirty original plays which they perform in an hour – and this week’s challenge is your chance to learn about, and practice their speedy style. Starting today, they are releasing a playwriting activity every day for 7 days. The programme will offer you the tools and ideas to create in a new way, and will leave you with a number of original 2-minute plays after 7 days! You can sign up for more, more, more here: https://degeneratefox.co.uk/
Create your own two minute play. Be playful with your play – you can use whichever setting or inspiration you like. Degenerate Fox use certain ingredients to help them start their plays. Could you start with gesture or shape? Could you write a list of the things that you can see, and include all of the words in your play? Think of a new way you might move through a room. What is it like to move like that? Have fun with it and see what happens. Perhaps you could even write your play in just two minutes…!
Find the full challenge here: https://mailchi.mp/64millionartists/create-to-connect-31st-may-2020-day-31
Day 31! We’ve come to the end of #CreateToConnect – 31 days of challenges to keep us connected, curious and creative at home. We’ve created to connect with ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, with people that we know, and with people that we don’t know.
Whether you did thirty one challenges or just the one, you’re a part of Create To Connect and you did it! The last challenge of the month is set by the team at 64 Million Artists and we want to give you a chance to celebrate. So on your marks, get set… Make Your Mark!
Celebrate your everyday creativity, and find a way to make your mark in your local area. What does your creativity mean to you? How could you capture that and spread the word? Look back over the challenges you’ve done so far, could you make a pop-up display in your window, at a bus stop, share a collage online? Could you kickstart a creative outburst in your local area and design and set somebody else a challenge? Could you pin an encouraging note, or leave a creative invitation somewhere for someone to find? Make your mark, and keep the ball of creativity rolling.
Here’s a reminder of Fran’s amazing bus stop gallery! How could you Make your Mark?
We’ve come to the end of #CreateToConnect – 31 days of challenges to keep us connected & creative at home. Whether you did 1 or 31 challenges, you’re a part of Create To Connect! The last challenge is set by us at #64MillionArtists -on your marks, get set… Make Your Mark!
Today’s challenge is set by Phoebe, a mental health nurse. Recovery is at the heart of all the work on her ward, and this drawing exercise is a fun and creative way to reflect on what nourishes us and gives us strength.
Sketch the outline of tree. It can look however you would like it to look. Add the words, colours and details that symbolise you and your life. For instance, the roots could represent where you come from, the trunk could show your strengths and resources, the branches could stand for the people who are important to you. The fruits could be gifts that you’ve received or that you have to offer. Anything goes! You could look back on your whole life, or choose a particular part – your journey through school, work, family life, or even through May…
Full challenge: https://mailchi.mp/64millionartists/create-to-connect-30th-may-2020-day-30
Tender (http://www.tender.org.uk/) is an education and arts charity committed to preventing domestic abuse. They deliver healthy relationship programmes to young people, providing the opportunity to learn about relationships and identify where to seek support. The #10WordLoveStories campaign is designed to keep connected with children and young people online, and to continue to deliver their message: Acting to end abuse.
Write a love story in 10 words! Who do we meet? What do we learn? How much love can you squeeze into just 10 words? Your love story could be about anything – from a message of love, to a celebration of love, to your love for your lockdown hair-do…
Tender are fundraising to help them continue to empower thousands of young people to have healthy relationships and stay safe. Find out how to donate to Tender, and fundraise using your #10WordLoveStories here: https://justgiving.com/campaign/10WordLoveStories
Full challenge here: https://mailchi.mp/64millionartists/create-to-connect-29th-may-2020-day-29
Today’s challenge comes from artist and curator Aidan Moesby, who explores climate change and mental health using installations and performance.
“I like to use metaphors in my work, particularly things around the natural world and especially the weather. Think about how you are feeling and try and express it in metaphor.”
Can you represent the way that you are feeling today using a metaphor? Like Aidan, you might be inspired by the natural world – what is your internal weather forecast? Are you calm or stormy? Are you feeling like snow, ice, wind, clouds or rainbows? Or, are you a tall strong flower, a mountain or a meadow? Capture your metaphor using any medium you like – drawing, painting, photography, poetry, collage – whatever you want to play with today.
Find today’s full challenge here: https://mailchi.mp/64millionartists/create-to-connect-28th-may-2020-day-28
Today’s challenge is set by Angela Jones, a tutor who works with a group of adults with learning disabilities. Today, she invites you to get creative with words and pictures. What story does your chosen picture tell?
Choose a picture – it could be a photograph, from a magazine, a postcard, a piece of art or something you’ve found on the internet. It might even be from a cereal box! What can you find that inspires you or grabs your attention? Choose as many words as you can that describe what you see, or what the picture makes you feel, then write them down in a list to create a poem that describes that picture. You could write on top of the picture, or on a new sheet of paper. Give your poem a title!
Create to Connect, Day 26! (Special poetry writing workshop today! Details below)
Fantastic for Families’ (http://www.fantasticforfamilies.com/) helps families discover affordable and relevant arts and cultural activities in their local area. To help families in light of COVID-19, Fantastic for Families is featuring online arts activities in art, craft, theatre, dance, music events and a lot more.
Find a way to capture your day today, as a moment in time. What are you up to? How are you feeling? You could draw the view from your window at different times throughout the day, you could write a poem about how you’re feeling today, or fill your handprint with your thoughts and actions. Encourage the people around you to do the same.
Join Amy Mitchell, Family Arts Network Ambassador for Sunderland, for a special poetry writing workshop today! Join us on Zoom from 1-1.30pm, by clicking on the link below. Bring a pen and paper, and a cuppa! You can share as much or as little as you would like. See you at 1!
Meeting ID: 910 2435 6439
Full challenge here: https://mailchi.mp/64millionartists/create-to-connect-26th-may-2020-day-26
Koestler Arts (https://www.koestlerarts.org.uk/) is a charity that encourages people in the UK’s criminal justice system to participate in the arts. During the Covid 19 lockdown they’ve been publishing weekly Art Aid inspiration. Each Art Aid sheet has activities, and every activity can be done in a prison cell, with very limited materials and space.
Think of a walk you can remember very clearly. Take some time to sit and think about it. Then write the most vivid and detailed description you can, taking the reader on a walk with you. It might be down the corridor, down the street or up a mountain. A walk through the countryside, along a beach, or through a town… Try to include description that involves the senses – what can you see, hear, smell, feel and even taste in the air?
Find the full challenge here: https://mailchi.mp/64millionartists/create-to-connect-25th-may-2020-day-25
Create to Connect – Day 24!
Full challenge here: https://mailchi.mp/64millionartists/create-to-connect-24th-may-2020-day-24
The Shpresa Programme (http://shpresaprogramme.com/) is a user-led organisation that promotes the participation and contribution of the Albanian-speaking community in the UK. Faleminderit means ‘thank you’ in Albanian, and today’s challenge is all about gratitude.
Think of someone you’d like to thank. It could be someone you live with or someone far away, and then find a way to say thank you to them in a new language. You could learn how to say thank you in another language, in Sign Language, or learn how to write thank you in Braille. Get creative!
Have fun and get creative – let’s #CreateToConnect
Art UK (http://www.artuk.org/) is the online home for every public art collection in the UK. Their website, www.artuk.org, makes art available for everyone – for enjoyment, learning and research. Check out their new curations tool in the link below.
How could you make a part of your home an exhibition space? Choose an area (or a few) and curate a home art exhibition featuring your ‘Favourite Things’. Pick around 5 objects and display them. For each object, write on a piece of paper: what it is; when you acquired it; why it’s one of your favourite things. Your exhibition is complete!
Turn your real life exhibition into a digital showcase by using Art UK’s brand new Curations tool. Find the simple instructions at www.artuk.org and curate your own exhibition inspired by your favourite things.
Your Space Leeds is a community wellbeing and outreach service operating in South and East Leeds. They work with the community to empower people with the skills and language to improve and maintain their mental wellbeing and physical health.
What weird and wonderful headwear or hairstyles you can make? Can you balance books, braid your hair with colourful ribbons? Or maybe make a hat out of a combination of household goods…
Full challenge: https://mailchi.mp/64millionartists/create-to-connect-22nd-may-2020-day-22