Family Make and Believe Online Sessions

28 Nov, 5 Dec, 12 Dec, 19 Dec

We’re going to be introducing online family sessions in the run up to Christmas! The whole family can join our amazing practitioners for a different weekly classes for your very little ones, open to all, not just Bright Sparks members.

Please book by midnight the night before the session so we can send a Zoom link out to you (please book one ticket per family). See below for what is on every week.

21st November: Fantastical Sculptures with Gill

Finding joy in the everyday!  What can you discover?

Go on a mindful nature treasure hunt and bring the outside in! Join Gill in creating a superb stick crown and some fantastical sculptures with your finds.

Before the workshop

What families need to join the Zoom activities: Collect some natural objects for the making, an A3 piece of thick card (a cereal box would be great!), string or twine, tape (sellotape or masking tape), scissors, pencil, 2 sheets of paper (scrap paper would be good!) and colouring crayons/pencils/felt tips.

Family challenge: Get outside! Go on a walk together to a local greenspace to see what you can find and collect: lots of twigs (ones roughly like adult fingers, or slimmer, would be good!), different types of leaves, stones, or any other interesting natural objects that catch your eye

28th November: Family Treasures with Yemi 

Join Yemi for your make & believe heritage in your home session! You will uncover, search and explore items from around your home, that represent your family’s culture. Whether you have British roots, or connections from around the world, we will use our hands, poetry and story telling to unravel your special heritage.

Before the workshop

What families need to join the Zoom activities: 4 sheets of A4 paper (plain or lined will do), sellotape, marker pens. 1 piece of note paper per person, pens, pencils and colours of any kind.

Family Challenge:  They say a picture tells a thousand words. Please bring a picture that you are comfortable sharing, that tells us an uplifiting story about your family.

5th December: Christmas Creations with Natasha 

Join Natasha for a family session of Christmas creations – reuse, recycle and repurpose. Christmas is going to be reimagined and retold, creating decorations out of an old book, with storytelling and nursery rhymes all related to our creative activity. You will need to find a paperback book for this session (it doesn’t have to be Christmas themed but it can be), and you can use more than one book if you want to. These captivating decorations can then go around the house, on your tree or even over your bed.

Before the workshop

What families need to join the Zoom activities: Get a book that you don’t mind crafting with 40 – 60 pages (this is to make a Christmas tree with), glue (PVA would be great!), tape (sellotape or masking tape) and decorations: glitter/sequins/ribbon/wrapping ribbon(for presents)/stickers to decorate your book tree. You don’t need all of the decoration materials listed above, one or two would be enough.

Family challenge: Find an unusual or your favourite place and read a book together. You could also make up a movement for certain words that keep appearing in this book. Then you can tell Natasha what you read, where you read it and what movements you gave to the words.

12th December: Merry Magical Dreamcatchers with Janine 

Use the Christmas magic in the world around us to create your own Dreamcatchers! Go on a winters walk and see what treats nature has to offer. Collect and share what you find with your family and join Janine in an enchanted visual arts workshop that will teach you the magic of creating your very own Dreamcatcher.

Before the workshop

What families need to join the Zoom activities: At least three medium sized twigs per dream catcher (around 30 cm long), string, wool or ribbon, a selection of leaves, twigs, winter flowers feathers and any other treats you find on your trip into nature. If you have any beads or buttons at home you could use them too, but that aren’t necessary  if not.

Family Challenge: Go on a winter’s walk and collect any of natures treats, pinecones, acorns, conkers, leaves, winter flowers from your garden and bring them home to use in or inspire your dreamcatcher. 

19th December: Seasons’ Storyelling Secrets with Tom

Join Storyteller Tom as he shares his tips and tricks for creating new settings where your festive stories can be set.  Inspired by a visit to your favourite local spot, Tom will help you create a map for your new festive tale. Expect talking, drawing and winter wondering. Imaginations are essential.

Before the workshop: 

What families need to join the Zoom activities: Ideally families will need a sheet of coloured paper, a sheet of lined paper and a sheet of paper folded into a booklet. See this examples: 

Family Challenge: Get outside and visit your favourite family place! Take photos (or draw) of 5 possible locations that you can see. Maybe a hole in the wall, or a gap in a tree or a lost piece of tinsel!. The possibilities are endless.

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Sat 5 Dec 11.30am Book now
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Sat 19 Dec 11.30am Book now

Times displayed in grey may be sold out or not currently available. Alternatively workshops may be locked for Bright Sparks Members and require a log in.

Getting there

Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road
M15 5ZA
Greater Manchester

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