We are delighted to announce that St Margaret’s House resident and jeweller, Mirka Janeckova, is the recipient of the Emerging Visual Craft Maker Award Edinburgh which she will use to make a new collection in ethically sourced metals and glass.
Mirka is currently working towards promoting sustainable jewellery practice in both her own and her teaching practices.
Mirka has also set up theMidas Skills School along with Basia Mindewicz (Edinburgh School of Icon Painting) and David Mola (Glass Artist). The inspiration to set up the school came from an ancient Greek myth of king Midas who was able to turn everything he touched into gold. They endeavour to teach you to learn new techniques and skills which will enable you to turn everything you touch into ‘gold’ – expression of your own creative mind. They specialise in art and craft techniques – from Icon painting to Glass Making and Jewellery.
Whether you haven’t had some clown training yet, are a clown already or simply have some interest in this, we would love to invite you to take part in our next Exploratory Clown Laboratory, facilitated by Sáras Feijóo, from 23rd – 25th June, 11 am – 5 pm in Edinburgh (venue TBC).
The price for 3 days is £120 or 2 days for £85 (or 1 day – few spots available – for £50).
We will work on finding calm and focus on ourselves, build up the clown state through play, improvisation, joy and simplicity. There will be some work on movement, stillness, rhythm, exploration of emotions, energy levels, connection, vulnerability and the art of being oneself.more
‘The weans just won’t sit still!’ Despite the lure of thruppence for the cinema or a new comic to read Joan’s young models found it difficult to hold a pose for long. She had to work fast and if you have ever tried to draw your children or your grandchildren you will understand the challenges Joan faced trying to capture a fleeting expression or a shy smile.
Join artists from The Thrive Archive for a 90-minute workshop ‘After Eardley’ and explore the joy of drawing portraits of children at speed. Simply bring a photo of a ‘wee one’ to inspire you and an old shirt or apron to wear. The 90-minute workshops are free and we provide all the materials. more
Please come and be creatively mad at this month’s Drink, Make & Do
Our artist hosts will be Poppy and Lorna, who will be making modroc March hares and helping you to decorate chocolate eggs, Faberge style. (How can you resist a craft you can eat?) Not to mention drinking Spring cocktails! Moscow Mules are the current choice.
All yours for a crazy £20. And this month our Mad March offer is £10 if you book & pay in advance.
This month we are doing stop motion animation with the lovely Emma from StopMoGo – transform yourself and get pixilated (a type of stop motion that uses people as live puppets) with Mardi Gras party costumes. (http://www.stopmogo.com/)
And the wonderful Poppy will be crafting with you to make a special Mardi Gras style gift of painted glasses, while you enjoy drinking New Orleans styled cocktails.
All yours for £20! What’s not to like on a relaxed Saturday evening?
FRENCH DRAMA : Language and Acting class into one fun workshop!
Whether your child is learning French at school, one of the parents is French or simply you want him/her to learn French, join us in this interactive workshop where we will go through the basics of conversational French.
The children will have the chance to test their capacities and learn new words and skills whilst being creative on stage (this class is also suitable if your child is a complete beginner). Drama games and improvisation exercises will be at the core of the class focusing on building up self assurance in the first place, playing around with sounds, developing vocabulary and discovering French culture.
No snails or frogs will be harmed or used during those workshops! Join us now! more
We are almost half way through July! Difficult to believe how fast this year has passed… and now, we find ourselves facing many challenging socio-political news. We can only hope that the clown energy within us keeps us together, reminding us of what is essential… we all are humans despite of where we have been born or raise in the world, our skin colour, religion or gender. more
“Art from the Heart” is an activity day for adults to get out in nature, play, get messy and be creative.
Fiona King is bringing her creativity in nature day to Edinburgh. Thanks to Edinburgh Palette for making a room available near to Holyrood Park.
Whatever the weather the day will offer a chance to work in a small group with enthusiasm and fun. We all have some creative imagination and the games, craft activities and time spent re-connecting with our surroundings will give all abilities a chance to tap into this. There is no need for any previous experience, but a wish to play and try something different. more