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Designed and hosted by OdysseyWEB
An organisation bringing women from all backgrounds together in Basildon & surrounding areas.
As a group of friends, we realised the need for an organisation to bring women from all backgrounds and faiths together in the Basildon and surrounding area. There were no facilities or fun activities available for women. In June 2011, with the help of REASON (Racial Equality Accessing Support Opportunities Now) and a small grant from Basildon Council, Women Together (WT) was formed.
The WT organisation’s aim is to provide a forum for women, regardless of their religion, colour or creed. We want women to engage comfortably and interact through fun activities and dialogue. To date we have 30 to 40 members and are still growing. There is a good mix of women who have shown their enthusiasm for the group since it begun.
The Women Together coffee mornings are held weekly with activities such as interfaith presentations, debates and talks with speakers on exciting topics such as education, welfare,health, fitness & cultural integration.
We also take part in fun craft activities e.g. decorating glass, patchwork, knitting, card making & material stenciling to make pillow cases, shopping bags & tea towels. We always celebrate various festivals throughout the year with parties and food!
Women Together is held on Wednesdays
St. Martin’s Square,
Basildon, SS14 1DL
Women Together is privileged to be running an Open Arts community project which delivers creative art courses in a variety of art forms; from painting and drawing to sculpture and printing. The free course is open to anyone, to improve inclusion, mental health and wellbeing, anxiety etc.
The art courses offer taster sessions in a variety of mediums, once a fortnight, with an exhibition in December. Please see full agenda attached with dates and times of art sessions.
If you are interested in joining us, please can you complete the registration form (attached) and email it directly to Jo.Keay@sept.nhs.uk
Open Arts: Arts Course
This is a 12 session art course. The course aims to increase confidence and skills by having fun with new art techniques. We hope that by the end of the course you will feel confident to move on to join other groups or classes in your local area, or just to move on in whichever way suits you best.
Venue: The Basildon Centre, St. Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex SS14 1DL
On Wednesdays 1pm to 3pm starting Thursday June 15th 2017 and then fortnightly
Dates: 14th June (Room 2), 28th June (St George’s Suite), 12th (Room 2), 26th July (St George’s Suite) 9th (Room 2), 23rd August (St George’s Suite), 6th (Room 2), 20th Sept (Room 4), 4th (Room 2), 18th Oct (Room 2), 1st (Room 4), 15th Nov (Room 2)
Tutor: Lead Artist – Weeks 1 to 6 Jo Keay, weeks 7 to 12 Elsa James
Volunteer Support Arts assistants: Lyn, Fatima, Selena
Jo Keay and volunteers present each week.
Week One 14th June – Drawing
Introduction to drawing materials -
This session will focus on an introduction to drawing and making your own sketchbook. We'll be using charcoal, soft pastels and pencils, creating drawings inspired by a collection of objects.
Week Two 28th June – Inks and Watercolours
Learning how to paint a simple watercolour and extending drawing explorations with the addition of colour and ink.
Week Three 12th July -
An introduction to painting with acrylics.
Week four 26th July-
Painting with acrylics with adding other collage materials.
Week Five 9th August-
Using wire to create functional and sculptural pieces, add beads and threads for decoration
Week Six 23rd August – Felting
Wet felting wool is a centuries old craft used to make everything from tents to clothing. This tutorial will teach you the basics of how to felt wool into a beautiful piece of fibre art.
Week Seven 6th September –with Elsa James
Introduction to the next six weeks: we will be working with Collage techniques to create bold and ambitious self-
Week Eight 20th September – with Elsa James Composition and Layout
In this session, we will be working with iPads and the software ProCreate. We will take self-
Week Nine 4th October – Arranging our Palette
In this session, we will focus on cutting out and tearing different shapes of colour instead of entire objects from the photographs or ads in the newspapers and magazines before starting to build our collage.
Week Ten 18th October and Week Eleven 1st November – Collage
These two sessions will be spent continuing to layer our pieces of magazine and newspaper to build up the artwork.
Week Twelve 15th November – Finishing Touches
The first half of the session will be spent adding finishing touches to our artwork. The second half be spent adding a coat of acrylic matte varnish on top of the magazine and newspaper clippings to help hold and protect the pieces in place.
This programme is a guideline – participants can work at their own pace and interest, and we welcome your suggestions. There will be facilities to photograph and document your work throughout the course. All materials, tea and coffee will be provided but you are welcome to add any “found” materials of your own. Please wear suitable clothing and/or bring old shirt or apron.
If you can’t make the session please text Jo 07580 982 462 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit http://www.openartsessex.comand http://www.elsajames.com
Follow us on facebook and Twitter @openartsessex
Registered Charity number 1053793
Some photos of our work from the Open Arts…