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Connect and Create this Autumn with Distance Creates… Helium’s home-based arts programme for 6-8 year olds with long term health conditions

Who doesn’t love getting something in the post?! Over the course of this six week  programme, your child will receive activities that encourage creativity and connect  participants with other children across the country who have similar life experiences.  From playing a simple drawing game of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” to sending  hidden messages; these fun activities will be the highlight of your post drop every  week!    We’ll also send videos to help you explore creative techniques and will offer creative  tips and tricks in our step-by-step guide booklets for parents/guardians and children.

Date, Time & Delivery: 

  • Saturday 12 September – Saturday 17 October
  • Each week creative and fun activities will land in your inbox on Saturday mornings.
  • Also expect surprise postal drops from Artist Chelsea as well as creative exchanges with participants through our Postal Relay (e.g. Child A completes  the first part of the activity and posts it to Child B; Child B completes the second  part and posts it to Child C; and so forth until the activity is complete and the  artwork is posted back to Artist Chelsea).
  • On Saturday 19 September and Saturday 17 October, the whole family is invited  to join online sharings with Artist Chelsea. 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 6-8 years old with different long-term  health conditions, though with similar life experiences.
  • Participants will receive materials and artwork-in-progress by the artist as well  as other participants through the post. Your home address will be passed to  one other family to facilitate the Post Pal Relay with your permission.
  • For families who elect to take part in the Post Pal Relay, we ask that you  commit to participating in a timely manner by completing and posting your  child’s artwork to their Post Pal the same week it is received to 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 6-8 year olds to connect with peers and  explore their own creativity.

Content will include:

  • Games and challenges
  • Drawing / Colouring / Painting
  • Group collage
  • Crafting

What materials will I need at home?

  • Blank paper – white
  • Blank paper – coloured (optional)
  • Colouring utensils
  • Cereal boxes / cardboard
  • Toilet rolls
  • Newspapers / Magazines
  • Leaves
  • Tape
  • Scissors (child friendly)
  • Glue
  • Pins

Booking/Contact Information: 

Register for Distance Creates… six week programme with Helium Arts’ Family Liaison,  Maria Jervey at ​​ or phone 086 8389240.

Helium Arts’ Distance Creates Remote Creative Health Programme, Autumn 2020, is funded by the Arts  Council of Ireland, Rethink Ireland, Creative Ireland, ​Limerick City & County Council and Limerick Culture &  Arts Department. 

About the Artist 

Chelsea is Helium’s Artist based in Limerick. She is a visual  artist interested in shared narratives and experiences. She  often collaborates with other artists and communities on  issued-based themes which affect the group, manifesting  as multi-media works, participatory events, workshops,  dialogues and collaborative performances in the context of  society, education and cultural heritage. Chelsea is  currently completing a Masters in Social Practice in the  Creative Environment at Limerick School of Art and Design.

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