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Ways to Stay Creative and Connected


Acrylic Painting Workshops -

Thursday 7 January, 11:00 - 12:00

FREE taster session for ArtSpeak Members.

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Thursday 21 & 28 January, 10:30 - 12:00

£10 - material packs also available.

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Learn the basics of Acrylic painting with painter and illustrator Ben Sherwin.

​In the relaxed taster session (7 Jan), you’ll be introduced to Acrylic paints and the versatility of this art medium. Throughout the session you’ll study different objects to produce observational sketches and learn about colour tone when starting to work with different colour paints.

Explore this artform further and develop your skills in two follow up sessions. (Thurs 21 & 28 Jan) Through these sessions you’ll learn about different painting techniques such as dabbing and dry brushing, the rules of composition, colour mixing and colour balance. You’ll gain an understanding of how to use your artistic license and work towards producing your own piece of work whilst receiving guidance, feedback and support from the Artist.

Virtual Literary Walking Tour -

Friday 15 January, 11 - 11:45

FREE to ArtSpeak Members

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Nottingham has a rich literary history, and it is one that still thrives today as the City was awarded the status of a Unesco City of Literature in 2015.

On this virtual tour led by award winning tour guide Felicity Whittle, you’ll gain an insightful introduction to the City’s strong literary heritage whilst taking in some of the important sights throughout Nottingham City Centre.

During this lighthearted tour, Felicity will discuss the novels, poetry and scandalous private lives of legendary local writers such as DH Lawrence and Lord Bryon. It'll also be chance to learn more about some key fictional literary figures and the successful library service in the City today.

You can enjoy it all with a cup of tea in the comfort and warmth of your own home!

There’ll be the opportunity to ask any questions at the end of the tour.

Mindfulness Art Workshops -

Tuesday 19 January - book here

Tuesday 2 February - book here

Tuesday 16 February - book here

10:30 - 11:45

£5 per workshop (Block booking offer - £10 for all three) - book here

Material packs also available

Learn the art of being mindful and gain confidence in your artistic ability through a range of relaxing, stimulating and fun creative workshops.

Shades of Emotion - Colours can evoke different emotional responses within us; learn how to use colour theory language to express your feelings within your Artwork. Using watercolour pencils you’ll experiment with mixing colour hues and learn how to add a tint, shade and tone to your work.

Inner Landscapes – Learn Self Exploration techniques to visualise your own Inner Landscape. Using watercolour pencils you’ll learn how to blend colours through shading and adding water to produce your own unique abstract artwork.

Sound Reflections - Sounds can evoke different emotional responses within us. In this workshop sounds of the Sea, Countryside and Rainforest will be used as stimuli to evoke and influence your feelings and images when creating three Artworks.

Each workshop is designed to enable you to develop your skills, build on the techniques taught and broaden your vocabulary for your own unique creative voice.

The workshops will be delivered by Artist Amber Bains and can be enjoyed as a series or as individual sessions.

All workshops will take place via Zoom - we'll soon be announcing outdoor walks and workshops as well as sessions held at 25 Prospect Street, Radford.

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