What’s On

Oct 2018

Relax Kids\\\\Chill Skills

Sunday 28 October - Sunday 9 December
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Relax Kids and Chill Skills offers fun activity classes to help children manage anxiety and emotions while building self-esteem and confidence. Relax Kids Classes are starting back at St. Margarets House Meadowbank in October.

The next Relax Kids/Chill Skills sessions will be running from Panda Yoga Studios 6.28 St Margaret’s House 151 London Road EH7 6AE starting in October.

• 5-8 year-old 10.00-11.00 Starting Sun 28th Oct Relax Kids
• 9+ year-olds 11.00-12.00 Chill Skills is ideal for kids that are transitioning up to the upper end of primary or onto high school.

Nov 2018


Saturday 10 November - Saturday 24 November
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

A great artist, Robert Calquhoun once said in relation to painting ‘Keep it simple and do it with love’. I strive, often unsuccessfully to keep it simple and do it with love but my painting is all about the inner life in preference to the external. In one sense, of course all art is inner if it works at all. It is all a searching, as it occurs to the painter, an expression of truth to the subject. I value the poetic and the lyrical in painting and life and consider life itself to be an affirmation and a blessing, something to be nurtured and cherished while also being utterly painful and impossible at times. My work can reflect something of this darker side but I hope also has beauty and irony and humour in the mix.

This new show called “Re—member—ing” is about the way in which the body carries memory. We remember through sensation and feeling as well as mind. These oils and drawings are memories in this sense of being pictorial sensations of felt life in the artist.

Please email me Benet Haughton


Also see my web site at: http://benethaughton.co.uk/paintings/

A Sample of both Aileen and Jacqui's work.

Works on Paper

Saturday 10 November - Sunday 25 November
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

This is a joint exhibition of work produced by Jacqui Higgs and Aileen Paton.

The opening of this exhibition is on the 9th of November between 7pm and 9pm, we hope to see you there.

Jacqui Higgs SSA: is an Edinburgh based, Dublin born artist.  Many of the drawings and paintings I am showing have been developed from recent visits to Kirkudbright and the nearby location of the remote Greensands.  Salvaged materials, structured surfaces and storm damage debris occasionally enter into the pieces (done in  situ), (small glimpses of screen prints can be seen under some of the work). Paintings from a residency in Portugal (2018) and Majorca also included for this exhibition.

AAPaton:  My work focuses on the twin concepts of palimpsest and erasure, using newspapers and other publications. My technique begins with a process of reduction and redaction, excising most , but not all text and images so that only the basic scaffolding of a newspaper remains leaving only a  trace of its original form.

A sample of work in progress

Stained Glass Weekend Workshop Lead Lights for Beginners

Saturday 17 November - Sunday 18 November
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

In this workshop you can learn the basis of leaded stained glass.

We will go through:
-The art of cutting glass
-Choice of subject and design
-Moving the drawing into cardboard templates
-Cutting the different pieces of glass
-Cementing, polishing, and finishing your project.

We will complete a simple leaded panel 25 x 25 cm.

We’ll go through from beginning to end in two days, which means it will be intensive, but I can guarantee that you will have a lovely experience

Maximum 5 people for course for maximum individual attention.

All tools, equipment and consumables provided but please, bring a packed lunch.

What to bring : Please wear comfortable clothing in layers with flat covered footwear.

As we’ll work with lead, this course is not suitable for pregnant and lactating mothers.

Saturday 10 am to 3 pm (with half an hour break for lunch)
Sunday 10 pm to 1 pm.

For more info contact me on: moladavid@gmail.com
Or book directly on:

Make a Silver Charm Bracelet

Sunday 18 November
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

You will learn how to rollprint, saw, stamp and solder silver sheet and wire to create individual and personalized charms to attach to a sterling silver chain bracelet. You will then add a catch and the bracelet can then be polished and ready to take home.

To book a place, email me: leahbastiani@gmail.com
Or visit my website: www.leahbastianijewellery.co.uk

Poetry and Surprise

Sunday 18 November
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In these workshops we will explore how to write poems with a ‘surprise’ in them. It may be a surprising image, a surprising word, a surprising space or sound.

I’ll provide exercises, encouragement and feedback, as well as some great poems to read and share.

I’m an experienced creative writing teacher and published poet with a PhD in Creative Writing. I’m a Kiwi living in Edinburgh, a Hawthornden Fellow and in 2016 was the recipient of a Bothy Project Residency. To find out more about me and my publications, please go to my website: lynn-davidson.com

If you’d like to book a place on Poetry and Surprise, or have any questions, please email me on lynn.davidson@live.com
or phone on 07440624021

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 20 November
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This workshop is available for those who have done a course and want to develop there own project under expert supervision.

You can book packs of 5 sessions (five Tuesdays). It doesn’t need to be correlative but you have to use in maximum 5 months from the first session.
There is also a limit to the size of panel which can be undertaken due to storage space.

pilates image

Pilates Classes

Tuesday 20 November
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

PILATES 4 ALL by Clare Shillinglaw

I run fun and friendly Pilates classes held in the Drawing Room, 3rd Floor on Tuesday evenings 5-6pm.

Pilates is amazing for improving posture, balance, flexibility and easing any muscle and joint niggles. Regular practice can help you build long and lean muscle, strengthen the core from within and relax the mind. It is suitable for a wide range of people, from beginners to professional sportspeople, and including pregnant women and seniors so please come along!

Winter Jacket / Coat Making Workshop

Tuesday 20 November
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Spend 6 evenings in the studio making a beautiful winter coat or jacket of your choosing. Use patterns from the studio or bring along your own.

Learn various pattern cutting and sewing techniques, button holes and finishings, fitting zips and pockets too whilst making yourself a cosy, unique fully lined winter coat or jacket.


Boogie Bounce

Tuesday 20 November
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Boogie Bounce Xtreme programme is FAB, FUN, FUNKY AND FAT BURNING. It is a complete exercise programme on a mini trampoline, with a safety bar, choreographed to chart-topping inspiring music which includes an extremely effective cardio section, and really powerful bums, tums and thighs section too! Every muscle in the body is worked. EVEN THE FACIAL MUSCLES!

Boogie Bounce uses High-Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T) techniques to maximise the most effective fat burning process in the cardio section, whilst using the pliable surface of the mat to perform a range of core stability exercises, thus engaging more of the deep core muscles. The programmes have been a hit since 1996 with countless success stories from regular attendees amazed at the ‘all over’ health and fitness results achieved.

Our 45/50 minutes classes are designed to promote a fun, party-like atmosphere with inspiring music. Our instructors are all qualified and understand the different fitness needs of an individual and want to encourage all shapes and sizes and all walks of life to our classes. Our instructors tailor their classes to suit their attendees and are highly motivational in helping individuals achieve their long-term fitness goals.

Kids Sewing Course

Wednesday 21 November
12:00 am

This Kids Sewing Course level 1 will teach your child foundation sewing skills. And they will make some easy sewing projects. This course is an after-school course of 1.5 hour sessions for 6 weeks.

At age 8-12, children have the mental capacity to learn the basic concepts and sufficient manual dexterity to operate a sewing machine. It’s actually the perfect age at which to learn. Sewing is an ideal creative activity for children. It develops their manual dexterity, hand/eye co-ordination, and encourages focus and concentration. Completing a sewing project from start to finish fosters a sense of accomplishment that can boost a child’s morale and self-confidence. And it’s really great fun! Plus it gives them a huge sense of achievement and self-worth.

Because they’re having such a great time, they don’t actually realise how many valuable sewing skills they are learning which will stay with them for life.

Who is this aimed at?
Beginners aged 8-12 years. (Younger children will be considered). They must be able to reach the floor when sitting at a table 74cm in height (approx standard desk height)

What will my child learn?
further sewing machine skills
cutting and sewing fabric
each project offers progressive challenges.
Projects include bunting, a lined tote bag, and an applique cushion.
tuition and all fabrics (Materials used are worth approx £15)
Please note that completion of an Introductory sewing class is essential to learn how to use a sewing machine.

Course arrangements
I provide sewing machines and all equipment or child can bring their own
I am insured and I hold a PVG (Disclosure Scotland) certificate

Limited Places available so book now at https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/kids-sewing-course-level-1-5/

Jen@artisanstitch.co.uk Tel: 0773 939 7369

Dressmaking course - mornings

Wednesday 21 November
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wednesday mornings 10am-12pm for 12 weeks

This dressmaking course will teach you how to make your own unique clothes that fit perfectly. Or if you’ve already done a bit of dressmaking, then you can improve your techniques. I’ve been dressmaking since I was at school. I’ve also studied Bridalwear and Tailoring so I’ve learned lots of tips and tricks that give your projects a polished look. During this course, I’ll be focussing on teaching technique so your clothes won’t look ‘Homemade’, but ‘Handmade’. No-one will believe you made them yourself.

What will I learn? I’ll coach you along the way in the following:

Dressmaking Course - Mornings

Wednesday 21 November
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This dressmaking course will teach you how to make your own unique clothes that fit perfectly. Or if you’ve already done a bit of dressmaking, then you can improve your techniques. I’ve been dressmaking since I was at school. I’ve also studied Bridalwear and Tailoring so I’ve learned lots of tips and tricks that give your projects a polished look. During this course, I’ll be focussing on teaching technique so your clothes won’t look ‘Homemade’, but ‘Handmade’. No-one will believe you made them yourself.

If you’ve already familiar with dressmaking techniques and commercial patterns and you’d like to learn pattern cutting, then you can do this here too.

Lunchtime yoga

Wednesday 21 November
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

This one hour, lunchtime Iyengar Yoga class is a great way to undo the damage of sitting at a desk!
Sitting and repetitive tasks take a toll on our bodies, leading to back, neck and shoulder pain, knee and hip problems… Learn how to undo accumulated tension in your body and protect yourself against further damage! By taking some time out from your work, you will refresh and calm your mind and be much more effective in the afternoon.
You are welcome to drop-in to the class when it suits you but it is cheaper per class to book for the term (and you are more likely to come regularly if you book in advance). Yoga works best when done regularly.

Think you can't sing, but wish you could?

Wednesday 21 November
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

There are still a few places on this course at Link Up Womens Support Centre for any woman in North East Edinburgh who would like support with their emotional health.

If you do not want to sing, you will not be forced to do so. We can do other things like listen to music, have pop quizzes and so on.  The group will decide what it does each week.

Are you one of the many women who have always believed you can’t sing, but wish you could?

This workshop offers a fun way to explore your voice in a friendly, safe space, without fear of criticism.

Have you ever been told you can’t sing? Not good enough for the school choir? Or asked to mime?

Unfortunately, this is the reality for a huge percentage of adults which has resulted in people believing their whole life that they can’t sing or have been too frightened to sing.

This workshop will be a fun way for women who would like to sing to get an opportunity to do this without fear of criticism. Sylvia has lots of experience in making this fun and non threatening. She’s lovely, come and join us and we’ll see what we can do on other Wednesdays too.

No previous singing experience needed.  Open to all women in North East Edinburgh who want to look after their mental health. Beginning Wednesday the 7th of November.

If you’d like to give it a try, can you get your name down by emailing: joan@link-upsupport.co.uk or putting your name in the Green folder if you already attend Link Up.

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