Adults

This Way Up: Open Adult Drawing Sessions with Claire Hickey

  • Artist(s):
    Claire Hickey
  • Artform(s):
    Drawing and Mixed Media
  • Venue(s):
    Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford
Summary:
This Way Up at Shire Hall Gallery offered drawing and mixed media sessions to adults living in Staffordshire. The workshops provided an opportunity for participants to take part in a regular artistic activity with other people, led and supported by a professional artist, and inspired by gallery collections.

Project Information

This Way Up at Shire Hall Gallery offered drawing and mixed media sessions to adults living in Staffordshire. The workshops provided an opportunity for participants to take part in a regular artistic activity with other people, led and supported by a professional artist, and inspired by gallery collections. The aim of This Way Up is to contribute towards an improved sense of wellbeing by providing a creative outlet, a break from everyday life, a safe social space and an opportunity to pursue individual creative interests.

The Open sessions for adults worked with artist Claire Hickey. These hands-on, practical sessions encouraged participants to try out a range of materials and approaches to making artworks. The sessions included collage, construction, texture and printing techniques and used a wide range of mixed media to create individual artworks. The sessions included using found materials, image and text, and the artist shared her sketchbooks and personal ways into making work with the group. The participants were encouraged to develop their own style with these new techniques, which also provided a means of self-expression and communication through making work.

The friendly, supportive environment at Shire Hall Gallery also provided a social space for participants to meet like-minded people and share their work and ideas with others. The sessions offered a chance for participants to carve out time for themselves to be creative and expressive, providing an affordable and accessible way to continue working at home.

Claire brought her knowledge of materials to give a new experience of art, bringing texture and printing to our lives. Thank you for adding colour and texture to my life.

The camaraderie and interaction between fellow ‘artists’ and Claire.

Socialising. Claire has guided me through different ways of interacting with art materials, texture and printing. It’s been really liberating doing and not over thinking.

Relaxed and mentally calm having gained a new arsenal of techniques and lovely people to add to my life.

Really enjoyed the sessions and meeting other participants, it’s made me feel uplifted.

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