Melbourne Festival helps members of the public to develop their creative skills.
Starting on 21st February 2015* we have three Great Melbourne Sewing Bee workshops led by Mig Holder. If you have a sewing machine gathering dust and want a bit of help to get started why not come along a Mig will help you get started on your Summer wardrobe. The workshops will run as three separate events on 21st February, 21st March and 18th April from 10.30 -3.30 at Melbourne Senior Citizen Centre. Each workshop will cost £25 per person or £60 if you book all three in advance. You can make a garment from scratch or upcycle and old garment in need of some TLC.
*The first workshop was a roaring success, everyone works on their own project so if you would like to join us on Saturday 21st March or Saturday 18th April we still have a few spaces!
With Spring on the way why not take your inspiration from the bright colours now returning to our landscape and create a vibrant art work with oil pastels in a relaxed and light hearted workshop. Explore the use of colour and texture to produce layered pieces which are deep rich and vivid. The workshop is on Saturday 21st March from 10.30 -3.30 at Melbourne Senior Citizen Centre. The workshop will cost £25 per person plus a small fee for materials.
Discover the fascinating art and technique of Raku Pottery Firing in a day workshop with Andy Mason. The workshop will bring elements of surprise, light hearted fun and thoughtful artistic expression. Create your own unique pottery from the dramatic “live” kiiln firing resulting in sblte tones, vivid colours or metallic surface effects. The workshop is on Saturday 18th April from 10.30 -3.30 at Melbourne Senior Citizen Centre. The workshop will cost £25 per person plus a small fee for materials.
To book a place on any of the workshops call 07765 819428 or email the Festival Office on the contact on this website to reserve you space!
In addition the Melbourne Festival have a deep commitment to arranging workshops for local schools and community groups.
Community Workshops 2014
Each year Melbourne Festival organises workshops for children in local schools and with local young people. The 2014 school art workshops were again sponsored by East Midlands Airport.
The Melbourne Festival team feel that if children and young people are encouraged to take part in the arts at a young age they will develop a lifelong love of the Creative and Performing Arts. Each year Melbourne Festival organises workshops for children in local schools and with local young people. We also include performances aimed at children and young people in our performance programme. 2014 was the TENTH Melbourne Festival. To celebrate all of the activities for children were based on Alice in Wonderland and we took Melbourne Through the Glass! Watch this space to see what we plan for 2015!
July 2014 – Year Six at Melbourne Junior School and EVERYONE at Melbourne Infant School took part in a Fantasy Landscapes workshop – inspired by C S Lewis’s Alice in Wonderland led by artist Laura Donaldson and a Mad Hatters Workshop with local milliner Joanne Rost. All of the hats were made from recycled materials and the results were AMAZING!
Some of the work was shown at Melbourne Festival and many of children wore their hats for the Mad Hatters Parade at Melbourne Festival on Saturday 13th September! Over 100 children joined Alice and the Mad Hatter to parade from Melbourne Church to the Lothian Gardens.
Windmills, Mosaics and more Hats!
July 2014 – Melbourne Guides and Brownies did a brilliant job of making giant windmills, huge daisies and sunflowers and BIG red and white toadstools to go in Alice’s garden at Melbourne Vicarage on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September.
Mosaic July 2014 – Year 5 at Melbourne Junior School had a VERY MESSY DAY making Mosaics to decorate a wall by the Melbourne Food Forest at Melbourne School’s. Everyone had a great day making a metre pumpkin, huge apples, giant sweetcorn and pea pods with peas the size of cabbages.
August 2014 – Mad Hatter’s workshop at Melbourne Library. Joanne Rost, her team of helpers and over 30 children took over Melbourne Library on Friday 8th August to create some more amazing hats for this years Festival – look out for them on the Trail OR if you missed the workshop drop into the Coffee Lounge at Melbourne Assembly Rooms between 12 and 4pm on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September.
June 2014 – Graffiti workshops at The Athenaeum Youth Club – Ten artistic young people who are members of the Athenaeum took in a series of three workshops with Graffiti Artist Paul Dexter – AKA Caper! The three graffiti which were painted are now on permanent display in The Athenaeum. The public will be able to see them when Paul exhibit’s in The Athenaeum on Saturday13th & Sunday 14th September.