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Best ways to get the kids creative this Half Term!

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12 April 2022

There's so many workshops, classes and creative opportunities available this Easter Half Term: from music to collage; pottery to painting, there's something to keep even the littlest hands busy!

And don't think we've forgotten about you! We don't think the kids should have all the fun so we have organised a great adult workshop all about the Poetics of Painting which is bound to give you some relief from the stress of half term.



For the teeny tots:


Craft with Wiltshire Scrapstore

Join us at Salisbury Arts Centre while we host a craft session for 4 to 7 year old's with Wiltshire Scrapstore.  A chance for children to develop their creativity in an inspiring and imaginative arts and craft session.   

Our café will be open serving hot drinks, homemade food and tasty treats. 

Wednesday 13 April, Salisbury Arts Centre, Main Space 

10.15am to 11.00am 

11.30am to 12.15pm 

12.45pm to 1.30pm  

£2 per child (adults do not require a ticket)  

Please note Children must be accompanied by an adult but adults do not require a ticket.   


A Wandering Wildlife Workshop

with Connie Rudd and Lynne Heaton // Ages 3+

Thursday 14 April 2022 at 10.30am - 11.30am

What would you make inspired by wildlife? A stick hedgehog, a leafy butterfly… let your creativity run wild!

Join us for a fun wildlife exploration. We will meet in the pottery and start with a walk around the Arts Centre grounds where we will observe the wildlife, and as we wander will shall collect naturally occurring tools and decorative elements to use for our project.

Once we are back in the pottery, full of the joys of spring and inspiration, we’ll experiment with our newly found tools mark making on clay tiles and building up confidence with clay making.

Feel free to bring along any natural materials you’d like to work with, pine cones, shells, seed heads.

This is a fully eco-friendly workshop. The finished pieces will be unfired and you’ll be able to take them home on the day.



For Primary School kids:


Storm Boy

 Wednesday 20 April // PG // Runtime 99 minutes

Based on the beloved book and starring Finn Little and Geoffrey RushStorm Boy is a highly emotional tale of a young boy growing up on the beautiful but uninhabited coastline of Southern Australia

When Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman starts to see images from his past that he can't explain, he's forced to remember his childhood and how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival.



Get Creative – Make Music! 

White Room Studio, Salisbury Arts Centre // Ages 7-11

Thursday 21 April 2022, 10.15am or 1.30pm 

Make music with us this Easter!  

An engaging and fun introduction to music making for children age 7-11 (school years 3-6) in partnership with Salisbury Area Young Musicians. 

Come and make music with our two inspirational music leaders Alice Poppleton and Joseph Cummings. No prior experience is necessary. All are welcome to take part and explore different musical activities and build music making skills.

Book a place and join us on this musical adventure! The session runs for 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Please bring a bottle of water. Parents/carers are invited to join for the final 10 minutes of the session to hear what the young people have created. 


Wildlife Homes Pottery Workshops

with Connie Rudd and Lynne Heaton

Thursday 14 April 2022 at 1pm- 3pm

Suitable for ages 8+ 

Insects are an important part of our eco systems, now more than ever they need safe spaces to live so that they can continue pollinating our flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

Join us this spring for an insect home making clay workshop.

We’ll begin by walking around the Arts Centre grounds where we will observe the local wildlife. Afterwards in the pottery we will build our insect homes with clay. Our designs will include tubes and coils, cracks and crevasses which create perfect spaces for insects to shelter.

The insect homes will be fired so they can be put outside in your garden or on a window ledge. Then just wait for your visitors!



For Lower School Teenagers (KS3 // 10-14):


Organised Chaos: Printmaking with Creative Collage

Tuesday 19 April 2022 at 10am – 1pm 

Ripping, tearing, cutting. Arranging, connecting, experimenting. Organised Chaos is a fun-filled morning of creativity exploring colour, shape, and texture to create interesting and playful compositions.

Participants will be shown how to use basic printmaking processes such as mono-print to develop their creative collages and introduce pattern, texture and line into their work in this exciting way. This easy-going and engaging workshop provides an opportunity to get messy with materials and have fun whilst trying something new!

Collaging materials will be provided, however do feel free to bring along any images of your own that you would be happy to cut up and use during the session. It could be a picture of your favourite place or of special object, or an image with a special meaning.

We recommend that you wear old clothing or bring an apron or overshirt with you to wear during the workshop. Please bring a water bottle and snack.



For your mini adults (KS4&5 // 14-18): 


Mood, Memory, and Mark

Tuesday 19 April 2022 at 2pm - 5pm

An afternoon of experimental drawing through a playful and expressive engagement with materials such as water-based inks, oil pastels, charcoal, and graphite. Using music as a tool to engage with themes such as mood and memory, participants will be guided through a number of expressive exercises in order to produce a collection of works led by an intuitive approach to mark making. Working with a clothed life model, this session is a fantastic opportunity for Art and Design students to further develop their portfolios.

Inks and some basic drawing materials will be provided but please feel free to bring in any of your own specific materials of your choice. Please also bring a sketchpad (approximately 250gms A3 size) or card and a selection of different paint brushes.

We will be working with water-based drawing inks (provided) and therefore participants should either come in old clothing or bring an apron or over shirt with them to wear during the session. Please bring your water bottle and snack.

If, for any reason, you are unable to bring any of the materials listed above with you to the workshop, please contact Edward via email at least 48hrs before the session so that alternative arrangements can be discussed 



And as we said we can't forget you! Carers, guardians and parents all deserve a bit of Half Term fun too - why not come on down to Salisbury Arts for a full day workshop exploring the medium of paint in all its forms!


The Poetics of Paint: Going Beyond Pictorial Space

Saturday 23 April 2022 at 10am – 4pm

A full day workshop exploring the medium of paint. The day will begin with a series of mark-making exercises that engage an intuitive, expressive and creative handling of line, shape and form.

Supported by a life model, participants will be guided beyond a purely representational approach to observational drawing. Informed by colour theory we will use the brush to think through ideas around mood, memory, the real and unreal.

In the afternoon we will be applying strategies explored during the morning session in order to develop a more focused and considered figurative painting that participants can take home. This workshop is an expressive, fun and creatively liberating introduction to the endless opportunities of paint. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Please bring a sketch pad (approximately 250gms A3 size) and a selection of paint brushes (different sizes and shapes). A selection of acrylic paints (Primary Colours plus Tinting colours of your choosing- for example, Crimson, Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine, Zinc White and Burnt umber) - System3 provide a good acrylic paint starter set; more reasonably priced paints can be found in shops such as The Range and The Works. We recommend that participants wear an apron, an old overshirt or similar clothing during the session.

If, for any reason, you are unable to bring any of the materials listed above with you to the workshop, please contact Edward via email at least 48hrs before the session so that alternative arrangements can be discussed