Mindful Mini Makes on a Monday – A Free ‘After School’ Art Club for Kids
Every Monday join us at 3.30pm on Reading Culture Live (video is available ongoing so tune in later if you can’t make 3.30pm) for a kid’s after school art club with a difference.
Each Monday your child can take part in a creative community project in Reading, which aims to safely connect people who may be living on their own or in a care home, and may potentially feel isolated and lonely, through Art.
This 6 week project was successfully chosen by Reading Culture Live to be part of a larger initiative to help artists connect with the community during these challenging times. We successfully secured Art Council UK Lottery Funding to be able to run this project.
Mindful Mini Makes will be run by Tamalia Reeves of MADEbyTamalia Art, Craft & Lifestyle Studio. She is a local Reading based Artist and Qualified Teacher with a wealth of experience working with children and adults of all ages, and with a passion for using art for mental health and wellbeing.
Read the FAQs below to find out the simple steps on how your child can take part…
MADEby Tamalia has been selected as one of the successful applicants to an exciting new programme of arts and culture in Reading – Reading Culture Live.
Reading arts and cultural organisations have come together to create a brand new live streaming cultural venue for Reading residents to access from their homes.
The programme of activity is run by Reading UK, Reading Borough Council and the University of Reading and funded by the Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Great Place Scheme’.
The Great Place Scheme is a National Lottery-funded programme which responds to the government’s 2016 Culture White Paper. The Scheme aims to ensure that local investment in arts and culture has the greatest impact on local ecologies (the economy, jobs, education, community cohesion and health and wellbeing).
Reading arts and cultural organisations have come together to create a brand new live streaming venue, bringing events and activities from many of Reading’s top arts and cultural communities straight to your home.
We know that taking part in cultural activities and events can make us feel good – not just physically, but mentally too. So, to help keep spirits up during these difficult times, they’ve sourced a whole host of exciting content from all over Reading’s cultural community, from dance classes to arts and crafts, music to yoga – there really is something for everyone.
Lots of the activities are completely free for everyone to enjoy, but to help support our small businesses some may ask for a small fee or donation to cover their costs. So, why not come and take a look at what Reading’s cultural scene has to offer from the comfort of your home? VISIT THE WEBSITE
It’s super simple!
- Together with your child think of someone who lives in your local community in Reading who may live alone (it can be an isolated couple) or in social care, who may potentially feel lonely or isolated. They can be of any age but ideally known to the family (for safeguarding purposes), or living in a residential care home. This person/s will become their ‘Brush Friend’ – a bit like a ‘pen friend’ but with Art.
- Once you and your child have chosen someone send an email to us to tell us their name and address and your child’s first name: email@example.com
- Then simply tune in to each Monday’s* Mindful Mini Makes video on Reading Culture Live for the next 6 weeks.
*Or tune in whenever is convenient
Don’t worry though if you can’t make the 3.30pm slot, the video will be available ongoing for the duration of the project, meaning you can start the project at any time.
The person/s who you and your child have decided to nominate from your local community will become your child’s ‘Brush Friend.’ This is a bit like a ‘pen friend’ but with Art. Your child will make a piece of Art for their ‘Brush Friend’ each week at Mindful Mini Makes Art Club. You will then either post or hand deliver this to the ‘Brush Friend.’
The art and crafts will be paper based and letterbox friendly, so will be able to be popped through a letterbox without the need for physical contact.
Tune into the first video (week 1) of Mindful Mini Makes, where your child will create a specific piece of Art that will go along with a short letter explaining the project in brief (of which can be downloaded and printed out or copied from our website). See the button below the FAQs to download.
Once you and your child have chosen a ‘Brush Friend’ and sent us an email to us to tell us their name and address and your child’s first name at: firstname.lastname@example.org we will then put together their crafty gift pack consisting of a small art set for them to be able to create their own piece of art should they wish to. This will then be posted out to them or hand delivered by our team. You will receive an email reply confirming your ‘Brush Friend’ will receive their gift pack.
Please note we have a limited number of packs available so they will be sent out on a first come first served basis. This may mean unfortunately that some ‘Brush Friends’ may not receive a crafty gift from us. If this happens we do apologise but unfortunately we have limited funds to be able to purchase the kits.
As an alternative, depending on your circumstances, we recommend asking your local community for donations so you can create your own pack to give to them instead.
The deadline for applications to receive the crafty gift pack from MADEbyTamalia Art, Craft & Lifestyle Studio will be midnight on 31st July 2020. Unfortunately applications received after this time will mean we cannot send out crafty gift packs to your chosen ‘Brush Friend.’ However please feel free to continue to take part in making something special for someone as part of this creative community project.
Your nominated ‘Brush friend’ will receive a ‘thank you for being my Brush Friend’ mini art set gift* for them to use as they wish, but also ideally to create something for someone else they know who may also be lonely or feel isolated.
Using the concept of ‘pass it forward’ creative kindness, the aim is to provide pleasure in the ‘making’ and ‘sharing’ of art to both the giver and receiver.
*subject to availability
Currently the project is due to start with the first video being published on Monday 8th June. It will last for 6 weeks, with 6 videos published each Monday until the 13th July 2020.
The aim of this project is to create ‘letterbox crafts’ which will not require fancy art supplies. Most of the ‘mini makes’ will be paper based and may require basic supplies such as pencils, paper, scissors, felt tip pens or colouring pencils and glue. Some may require paint and we have DIY paint recipes on our website for you to make your own, should you not have any paint at home.
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“Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.”