Connect and Create this Winter with Distance Creates… Helium’s home-based arts programme for 9-12 year olds with long term health conditions
Over the course of this five week programme your child will receive weekly activities that encourage creativity and connect participants with other children across the country who have similar life experiences.
Home is where the art is! You will be making interesting and fun objects that you can display in your home. From decorating bunting and creating 3-D stars, to designing a quirky calendar, get into the festive spirit by building your very own winter wonderland.
Keep an eye out for our weekly activity sheets which will be delivered to your inbox via Mailchimp. These step-by-step guides offer creative tips and techniques for parents / guardians and children. Expect to laugh, learn and connect with others through surprise postal drops, a Post Pal exchange and online family sharings. The deadline for signing up is Tuesday, 27th of October. Spaces are limited!
Dates, Time & Delivery:
- Saturday 21 November – Saturday 19 December
- Each week creative and fun activities will land in your inbox on Saturday mornings.
- Expect surprise postal drops from Artist Ciara Harrison as well as a creative exchange with your Post Pal (for this exchange, you will post something special to your assigned post pal and receive something special in return. The artist will provide a stamped and pre-addressed postcard).
- On 28 November and Saturday 19 December, the whole family is invited to join online sharings with Artist Ciara. A chance to meet other children on the programme and have some fun! Further details and session times will be confirmed soon.
Important Information for Parent/Guardian:
- The programme is free of charge.
- It is facilitated by a trained and experienced artist.
- Participants will be aged between 9-12 years old with different long-term health conditions, though with similar life experiences.
- Participants will receive materials and artwork-in-progress from the artist through the post as well as something special from your post pal. Your home address will be passed to one other family to facilitate the Post Pal exchange with your permission.
- For families who elect to take part in the Post Pal exchange, we ask that you commit to participating in a timely manner by completing and posting your child’s artwork to their Post Pal within 5 days of receiving the activity. This will ensure each child has the opportunity to enjoy this art-making exchange to the fullest extent.
- Activities are age appropriate. However, it is important that parents / guardians remain in close proximity to their child when their child is undertaking activities.
What to expect?
This programme offers an opportunity for 9-12 year olds to connect with peers and explore their own creativity. Content will include:
- Brightening your home with bunting
- Crafting calendars
- Origami star-making
- Drawing, painting and clay making
What materials will I need at home?
- Coloured pencils
- Scissors (child-friendly)
About the Artist
Ciara Harrison is Helium’s artist based in Dublin. Ciara is a visual artist who loves making art with people from all walks of life with themes centering around hospitality, education and the preservation of skills and knowledge. Ciara believes that we can create social change when we connect and collaborate with individuals, communities and institutions through art. She especially loves creating projects in informal settings where tea, biscuits, play and craft act as prompts for collaborative curiosity, conversation and the exchange of ideas.
Register for Distance Creates five week programme with Helium Arts’ Family Liaison, Gemma at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 044 93 96 960. The deadline for signing up is Tuesday, 27th of October. Spaces are limited!
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Helium Arts’ Distance Creates Remote Creative Health Programme, Winter 2020, is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Rethink Ireland, Creative Ireland, Limerick City & County Council and Limerick Culture & Arts Department.
The Remote Creative Health Programme is also supported by Rethink Ireland through the Innovate Together Fund, a collaboration between Rethink Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development (via the Dormant Accounts Fund).