We are working with the Hospice of St Francis to support our communities by sending out a weekly Artsi (Art of Self-Isolation) email which will contain a creative activity which you can try at home. If you would like to join the mailing list to receive these emails, please email: email@example.com.
Below are some of the amazing artworks we have seen, week by week. If you would like to have a go at any of these activities, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to be sent any of the previous weeks’ emails.
Week 1 – Mandalas: Mandalas are simple patterns that you can create with just a pen and paper. Suitable for all ages, they can be as simple or complicated as you like
Week 2 – Making a Memory: this week’s prompt is inspired by Elaine who is keeping occupied by painting pictures of special memories and sending them to loved ones.
Week 3 – Printing – this week we encourage you to household objects that surround you and transform them into printing tools.
Week 4 – Zenful Zentangles: zentangles are easy to learn, relaxing and a fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.
Week 5 – Photograph Collages: We tend to have a few off photographs lying around that haven’t quite made the cut for a frame or album. Now is the time to use these photos as inspiration for art. You could paint, draw or sketch over your photo or cut out shapes creating a different image. The possibilities are endless…
Week 6 – Art & Nature: It’s important to try and get as much fresh air, sunlight and nature as we can right now. Not only does it benefit us physically, but it can also help your mental wellbeing. This week, try bringing the outside in by creating an artwork with found objects such as leaves, twigs, flowers, tree bark, seeds etc.
Week 7 – Still Life: Paint, draw, collage or sculpt any item or object in your home or garden that you are drawn to or inspired by. From flowers and vases to pebbles and fruit and vegetables. It could be the colour, shape or composition that interests you.
Week 8 – Create a Holiday at Home: As we are possibly facing a summer with a lot more time at home, this week have a go at creating your own ‘holiday at home’. Inspire your artwork with your dream getaway, this could be as simple as a relaxing caravan holiday to Cornwall, or a month-long trek in the Himalayas. Find comfort in a warm, tropical colour palette, or replicate the buzzing excitement of a new city to explore. Dream away – the possibilities are endless!
Week 9 – Self Portraits: This week we’re taking inspiration from local artist, Su Dean. Su has been a Creative Therapies volunteer at the Hospice for over 5 years. During lockdown, Su has been creating self-portraits which capture her feelings and expressions at the time. We invite you to create a self-portrait in any style – abstract or representational.