Taster Sessions

Glossop Arts Project held its first two taster sessions on Monday 7th July 2014 at Glossop Cricket Club and Wednesday 16th July 2014 in the art room at the Glossop Adult Education Centre.

Using a theme of “Take a pencil for a walk”, the groups experimented with alternative drawing techniques and mark making.  The participants had loads of fun pencil drawing with the non-dominant hand, observational drawing with eyes focused on the object rather than the paper, and with alternative brushes, such as charcoal and sticks dipped in paint.  Our subjects included ‘Natural Forms’, such as fresh and dried flowers, pine cones and seed pods.

Some of the participants who attended the taster sessions experience long term health conditions with impaired dexterity.  They were amazed to find that these alternative drawing methods enhanced their freedom of expression regardless of artistic ability.  Our participants all produced their own portfolio of artwork that they were able to take home and enjoy.

What did the participants say?

  • “I thoroughly enjoyed today”
  • “Nice activities with scope for individuality”
  • “Our efforts were valued and affirmed”
  • “Opened up a lot of possibilities”
  • “I did not realise there were so many different ways to ‘paint’ and so many ‘brushes'”
  • “Very therapeutic”
  • “Enjoyed the variety”
  • “Excellent refreshments”
  • “I look forward to other classes”

Following the success of the first two tasters, we held four more sessions in autumn 2014.  Over the course of two sessions for people with learning disabilities and their carers, the group enjoyed drawing and painting with pencil, charcoal and sticks, bauble decoration and christmas card design.  We all discovered glitter gets EVERYWHERE! GAP then took our session to The Big S, the local brain injuries group held every Friday at the Methodist Church rooms in Glossop.  Again, the session was a huge success, and the Big S have invited GAP back for more!