Mindful Mini Makes

COMMUNITY AFTER SCHOOL ART & CRAFT CLUB FOR KIDS EVERY MONDAY AT 3.30PM

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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: studio@madebytamalia.co.uk
  3. 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: studio@madebytamalia.co.uk 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.

Click here to view our DIY paint recipes

STEP 1

Click here to tell us who your Brush Friend is!

WATCH THE INTRODUCTORY VIDEO

STEP 2

Click here to download the Brush Friend Letter

WEEK 1

MINDFUL MAGICAL ME!

SELF PORTRAITS

Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s cubist portrait of the ‘Weeping Woman’ this week we will be creating our own abstract self portraits.

The first of your Mindful Mini Makes to give to your ‘Brush Friend’, this piece of Art will be a personal playful polaroid of you!

Check out the materials list so you can gather everything you need ready to make your Abstract Self Portrait Paper Polaroid.

Video will be published on Monday 8th June at 3.30pm on Reading Culture Live

  • White A4 card or paper
  • Old magazines and/or coloured/patterned card
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A ruler
  • A pencil
  • A felt tip/marker pen

This activity is a great way for kids to explore identity and be used to discuss in:

Art

  • The work of Pablo Picasso and the Cubist movement
  • Looking at the ‘Weeping Woman’ in detail and discussing unusual features and facial profile  – such as how her eyes look straight ahead, while her mouth is facing in a different direction. Talk about why do you think Picasso painted it like this?
  • Experimenting with collage

Maths

  • 2D shapes

National Curriculum Emotional Wellbeing and PSHEEC :

  • self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • body positivity
  • recognising achievements and strengths
  • “my” place in the community

WEEK 2

CARING FOR MY COMMUNITY!

3D CARDBOARD CURIOUS COMPANION CATS

This week inspired by Paul Klee’s ‘Cat and Bird’ painting and the book ‘The Cat and The Bird’ by Geraldine Elschner, we’ll be making 3D cardboard Curious Companion Cats to give to someone in your community (your Brush Friend).

Check out the materials list so you can gather everything you need ready to make your 3D cardboard Curious Companion Cat.

Video will be published on Monday 15th June at 3.30pm on Reading Culture Live

  • Cardboard (i.e. from an old box)
  • Pink, black & white paper (or you can simply colour plain paper in)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A ruler
  • A pencil
  • A black felt tip or marker pen
  • A green felt tip pen (or colouring pencil)
  • A fork
  • Black, white & pink paint
  • A cotton wool ball

This activity is a great way for kids to explore identity and be used to discuss in:

Art

  • The work of Paul Klee and his works of art through each Art Movement.
  • Colour theory and the colour wheel
  • Creating tints in colour
  • Asking open-ended questions such as ‘what do you see in this painting?’ and ‘what do you think the artist was trying to show/say about…. in this piece?’ and ‘his painting style is very child-like, why do you think this is?’

Guided Reading

Explore questions related to the story ‘The Cat and the Bird’ by Geraldine Elschner, such as:

  • Why do you think the cat didn’t eat the bird?
  • How do you thin the cat feels as the beginning of the story? Why?
  • Why do you think the bird helped  the cat?
  • Why are some words larger than others?
  • What do you notice about the house in the pictures?

Maths

2D shapes

National Curriculum Emotional Wellbeing and PSHEEC :

  • “my” place in the community
  • Supporting friends and other people

WEEK 3

CALM IS COOL!

MINI MEDITATIVE MANDALA BICYCLES

This week we are going to be creating Mini Mandala Bicycles to give to someone in your community (your Brush Friend) to colour in.

The word ‘Mandala’ originates from the ancient Indian Sanskrit word and translates roughly to mean ‘circle’. A Mandala is a spiritual symbol seen in Hinduism and Buddhism and represents life being never-ending and everything being connected. Mandalas have often been used for focused meditation and more recently as an art tool to destress. This week we’ll be looking at different types of mandalas and then create our very own design.

5 Key Benefits of Colouring Mandalas:

  1. Helps improve pencil grip so in turn can help with handwriting
  2. Promotes hand eye coordination and other fine motor skills
  3. Teaches attention to detail
  4. Improves patience and focus due to the nature of the intricate patterns
  5. Helps with relaxation and calm

Check out the materials list so you can gather everything you need ready to make your Mini Mandala Bicycle.

Video will be published on Monday 22nd June at 3.30pm on Reading Culture Live

  • White card or paper⠀
  • A pencil⠀
  • A black felt tip or marker pen ⠀
  • A rubber⠀
  • Something round to draw around (e.g. a lid, small pot etc)

This activity can be used to discuss:

National Curriculum Emotional Wellbeing and PSHEEC:

  • self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • how to deal with conflict and manage “my” own emotions
  • “my” place in the community
  • mindfulness

Maths:

  • Repeated patterns
  • Translation, rotation and reflection
  • Symmetry
  • 2D shapes

Art:

  • Drawing skills – following instructions
  • Drawing repeated patterns
  • Cultural influences in Art

RE:

  • Islamic and Buddhist culture and beliefs

WEEK 4

THE WORLD’S GONE ALL TOPSY TURVY!

Playing with Perspective – THROUGH THE KEYHOLE PERSPECTIVE PAINTING

This week (week 4) is all about perspective. In fact we are going to be looking at two definitions of perspective:

noun: perspective

  1. the art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other.
  2. a particular attitude towards or way of regarding something; a point of view.

We’ll be making a Through the Keyhole Perspective (1) painting with perspective (2) quote to give to your ‘Brush Friend’

  • A ruler
  • A pencil
  • Plain paper or card
  • Watercolour paints (or colouring pencils or paint of your choice)
  • Paintbrush
  • A small round lid or pot to draw around
  • A black marker pen (ideally waterproof or felt tip)

This activity can be used to discuss:

National Curriculum Emotional Wellbeing and PSHEEC:

  • self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • feelings and emotions and how to change your mindset to help shift a negative emotion
  • recognising achievements and strengths and learning from “mistakes”
  • “my” place in the community
  • understanding that other people have different opinions
  • understanding other people’s feelings and emotions

Art:

  • This is a great opportunity to discuss one-point perspective in more detail. Perhaps looking at the horizon line next, and drawing objects in the mid-ground as well so your child can see how objects change in size as they get further away.
  • Delve a little deeper into the work of famous artists and how they painted perspective.

WEEK 5

IT’S ALL GONE DOTTY!

POINTILLISM PAINTING – Make a Rainbow Bookmark with positive quote

The penultimate Mindful Mini Makes to give to your ‘Brush Friend’, before our 6 week creative community challenge comes to an end.

Check out the materials list so you can gather everything you need.

Video will be published on Monday 6th July at 3.30pm on Reading Culture Live

  • A sheet of white A4 card or paper⠀
  • Watercolour Paint (or paint of your choice)⠀
  • Small pot of water⠀
  • Cotton bud sticks⠀
  • Scissors⠀
  • A ruler⠀
  • A pencil⠀
  • A felt tip/marker pen⠀⠀

This activity can be used to discuss:

National Curriculum Emotional Wellbeing and PSHEEC:

  • self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • recognising achievements and strengths
  • “my” place in the community

Art:

  • Colour theory
  • Explore Pointillism in more detail and artists that painted in this style.

Science:

  • Colour and refraction in light

WEEK 6

EMBRACING CHANGE

BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY 3D PAPERCRAFT

“Without change there would be no butterflies”

Change is an inevitable and constant part of life, but we all know how hard it can be to cope with at times. Today’s paper-craft Mindful Mini Make looks at some amazing butterfly art installations, before going on to make a beautiful 3D butterfly which will serve as a reminder to ourselves and our Brush Friend to find the positive in change. Instead of fearing and resisting it, embrace it with open arms as you may just encounter something better.

The last of our 6 week creative community project. Thanks for taking part and making someone in your community smile!

Check out the materials list so you can gather everything you need.

Video will be published on Monday 13th July at 3.30pm on Reading Culture Live

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • 2 A4 sheets of patterned paper or interesting magazine pages
  • A pencil
  • Black paint
  • A paintbrush
  • A4 sheet of black paper or plain paper painted black

This activity can be used to discuss:

National Curriculum Emotional Wellbeing and PSHEEC :

  • self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • body positivity and physical changes
  • Embracing change – at school (transitions between year groups and up to Secondary School), body changes, life and relationship changes

Maths:

Using a ruler and understanding units of measurement. You could also explore converting measurements from cm’s to mm’s

Science:

Metamorphosis and the lifecycle of a butterfly

In partnership with:

Funded by:

Reading Place of Culture logo
University of Reading logo
art council and lottery

“Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.”

Sydney Gurewitz Clemens