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Mindful Online Art Events Across the UK

Take part in these art workshops from the comfort of your living room to inspire a sense of calm and creativity!

The trend of mindfulness has not died out, and lockdown has got us all craving a moment of calm. From writing to drawing, pottery to printing, we’ve found a selection of online workshops and events that can be easily engaged with from your home, and might even give you a couple of handmade Christmas present ideas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sculpd: Virtual Pottery Masterclass
Anthropologie
9th December, 13:00-13:45
 
Anthropologie have teamed up with Sculpd, the home pottery kit brand, to offer this Virtual Pottery Masterclass. To take part in the class, all you need to do is purchase a Sculpd air drying clay kit, and follow along with the class on Zoom. Each kit contains enough clay and tools for two people, so why not sign up with a housemate or family member for a mid-week lunchtime activity? You’ll learn how to make several Christmas pottery pieces to decorate your home with afterwards.

The event is free to book, but you can make a voluntary donation to Smart Works, a charity supporting unemployed women. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Mindful Poetry December Gathering
The Well x On Being Project
2nd December, 20:00-21:00
 
Based in the USA, The Well promote mindfulness practices and activities for public use, and moving their events online due to the pandemic mean their programmes are accessible even from across the world. The Well have teamed up with On Being to offer monthly Mindful Poetry gatherings, consisting of a meditation practice, poetry readings, discussion and reflection. The events are free to join – just register online and then turn up to your screen with a pen and paper!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Digital Art School
Hospital Rooms
10th December, 14:00
24th December, 14:00
 
Hospital Rooms is a project that transforms mental health units into bright and colourfully designed works of art. They started their Digital Art School as a way to continue bringing creativity and art therapy through lockdown to those receiving mental health treatment, but these online events are also open to members of the general public. Each workshop gives you the opportunity to get creative, release tension, and explore your feelings with drawing (or painting, or printing, or collage!).  Upcoming sessions feature “starry night skies with Susie Hamilton” on 10th December, and a Christmas Eve workshop with the Hospital Rooms team on 24th. Taking part is as easy as registering here, and you’ll receive a list of materials before the event.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Life Drawing Sunday Salon
Body Love Sketch Club
13th December, 10:30-12:00
 
These online life drawing sessions by Rosy and Ruby of Body Love Sketch Club encourage us to connect with new people, explore our creativity and all things body positive in a safe (Zoom) room. The Club states “all bodies, artistic capabilities and confidence levels welcome”, and invites you to join the session with drawing materials and an open mind, giving participants the opportunity to pose to be drawn if they’d like – in whatever way you feel comfortable. No more silent rooms of artists and model, you can join this Sunday Salon from your sofa on a weekend morning. What’s more, the events are “pay what you can afford”, with a suggestion of £10, but options for those on lower income. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Naturally Dyed Furoshiki Wrapping Cloths with Cara Marie Piazza
TOAST
3rd December, 17:00-18:30
17th December, 19:00-20:30
 
TOAST is the lifestyle brand passionate about natural techniques and traditional craftsmanship, with a series of workshops to help you get started learning a range of processes yourself. Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese cloth used to wrap gifts or food – giving you a reusable alternative to wrapping paper. This free workshop with Cara Marie Piazza will teach you how to prepare your fabric for dyeing with a range of seasonal natural ingredients, and folding techniques that allow you to wrap your gifts with a cloth that will then become a permanent hand-dyed accessory. The workshop is free to register, but you can make a donation to Cara’s fundraising project Gardens Not Guns for BIPOC farmers, gardens, healers and mutual aid initiatives in New York. 

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