Workshops

Classes & Workshops

T'ai Chi in the park

Saturday 6, 20, 27 August, 10:30 - 12:30

T’ai Chi and Qigong are primarily about harmony, meditation and balance in our daily lives. In addition to their health and fitness benefits, T’ai Chi and Qigong are traditionally taught as self-cultivation and self-development practices. By embracing the philosophy of harmony and balance you can learn to make every aspect of life happier, healthier and more compassionate.

N.B. Please wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement. The workshop will take place outdoors (weather permitting).

Pay-as you-go: £10 to attend Sat 6 August session only, please use promocode AUG6SESSION at check out (offer only available until 10:30am 6/8/22).


Wet-felting workshop - SOLD OUT

Saturday 6 August, 10:00 - 12:30

This wet-felting workshop, led by Louisa Kelly, is suitable for complete beginners, or improvers. Participants will have creative fun learning the process of wet felting and creating their own wet felted picture.

During the workshop you will learn how to:

  • wet-felt
  • blend wool
  • make your own felted picture.


Raku workshop - SOLD OUT

Saturday 6 August, 10:00 - 16:00

Glaze and fire pre-made pots in the ancient Japanese process of Raku, led by Malcolm Murchison. No prior experience required!

Apply the glaze with guidance and instruction, see the pots go into a red hot kiln, then extracted and placed in sawdust and flames before a bath of cold water. The results will be as beautiful as they are extraordinary. Take home at least four beautiful pots.

Raku Pottery was developed in Japan in the early 1500’s as the Ceremonial Tea Ware of the Zen Buddhist Tea Masters. The word Raku signifies emotions such as fulfilment, enlightenment, and enjoyment of freedom. The process was preferred by the Tea Masters because it had a resonance of humility, purity, simple naturalness, which are important to the Zen philosophy.

Pots carry the marks of the tongs used to extract them from the kiln and the ravages of the firing. This is celebrated as an essential aspect of the process. The finished decorative pots are generally unsuitable for eating or drinking from as they absorb water and have little mechanical strength.

During the workshop you will learn how to:

  • Create pots using the Raku process
  • Apply wax
  • Glaze pots

Students will produce a minimum of four Raku pots that they have glazed and fired. They will be remarkable and lustrous copper blue surface. Students will also decorate pre-made pots.

N.B. Caution recommended if you have any history of respiratory illness such as asthma since the workshop will involve proximity to smoke. Please wear old cotton clothes, avoiding man-made fabrics. Long hair tied back. A hat is a good idea. You will smell of smoke as if you have been at a garden bonfire. This workshop will take place outdoors.


3-day Art in the Park (5-7 yrs) - SOLD OUT

Tuesday 9 August, 10:30 - 12:00
Wednesday 10 August, 10:30 - 12:00
Thursday 11 August, 10:30 - 12:00

Children will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of different artistic materials, learn new creative techniques, have fun and develop their skills, before making their finished nature-inspired masterpiece. Taking place outdoors (weather permitting) in Flowerfield Park, budding naturalists will create bug hotels, bird feeders, planters, bug observation boxes, wind-chimes and lots more, all using recycled materials!

N.B. Creativity is messy! Wear suitable clothing for outdoor weather.

PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THE PARENTAL CONSENT FORM FOR EACH UNDER-18 TO reception@flowerfield.org NO LATER THAN 24 HOURS BEFORE THE ACTIVITY.


3-day Art in the Park (8-12 yrs) - LIMITED SPACES REMAINING!

Tuesday 9 August, 13:00 - 14:30
Wednesday 10 August, 13:00 - 14:30
Thursday 11 August, 13:00 - 14:30

Children will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of different artistic materials, learn new creative techniques, have fun and develop their skills, before making their finished nature-inspired masterpiece. Taking place outdoors (weather permitting) in Flowerfield Park, budding naturalists will create bug hotels, bird feeders, planters, bug observation boxes, wind-chimes and lots more, all using recycled materials!

N.B. Creativity is messy! Wear suitable clothing for outdoor weather.

PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THE PARENTAL CONSENT FORM FOR EACH UNDER-18 TO reception@flowerfield.org NO LATER THAN 24 HOURS BEFORE THE ACTIVITY.


Sand, fire, glass, sea: a Creative Writing & Glassmaking Workshop - LIMITED SPACES REMAINING!

Saturday 13 August, 10:30 - 14:30

Led by Author Bernie McGIll and Glass Artist Andrea Spencer of Benefield Spencer Glass, this half-day workshop will take inspiration from the landscape of the north coast. Following introductions and a short writing exercise, participants will alternate in two groups between a creative writing session and a glass-making session, during which time there will be a break for lunch (please bring your own packed lunch). At the end of the creative writing and glassmaking workshops, you will have created a piece of creative writing and flameworked glass, ending the session with a sharing of work. No previous experience is necessary.

Andrea Spencer maintains a studio in rural Ballintoy on the North Antrim Coast. Her work is inspired by nature, drawing on natural forms and structures to create pieces which correlate with aspects of the human condition.

Bernie McGill’s most recent short story collection, This Train is For, was published in June 2022 by No Alibis Press. Her novel The Watch House was nominated in 2019 for the Ireland/European Union Prize for Literature.


4-day Intensive Throwing Workshop - LIMITED SPACES REMAINING!

Tuesday 16 August, 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 17 August, 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 18 August, 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 19 August, 10:00 - 15:00

Join experienced local potter Fiona Shannon at Flowerfield Arts Centre during August Craft Month to learn the basics of throwing on the Pottery wheel. In this 4-day Masterclass you will learn and improve upon the basics of throwing on the pottery wheel. You will also master techniques to refine your work such as trimming the bases, adding handles, spouts and textures to your pots. If you already have experience working in clay and wish to improve upon your skills Fiona will happily demonstrate and assist you with this.

Fee includes materials and kiln firings (up to 3 bags of clay, any additional clay can be purchased for a small additional fee).

N.B. Creativity is messy! Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.


Silversmithing - SOLD OUT

Saturday 20 August, 10:00 - 16:00

Using traditional jewellery-making techniques such as piercing, soldering, shaping, texturing and polishing, create a unique set of silver stacking rings. No previous experience is required. All you need to bring is an apron and bundles of enthusiasm!


Summer, sea and sketchbooks workshop - LIMITED SPACES REMAINING!

Saturday 20 August, 10:30 - 13:00

Drawing outside in the landscape is a lovely way to connect with nature.

In this taster workshop, led by Heather Byrne, enjoy an outdoors workshop making coastal drawings in your sketchbook and making quick visual notes on the move. You will explore ways to develop your sketchbook studies from your trip with mark making techniques, mono printing and experimental creative exercises.

Suitable for everyone to enjoy, both beginners and more experienced artists.


Needle-felting workshop - SOLD OUT

Saturday 20 August, 10:00 - 13:00

This 3 hour needle-felting workshop, led by Claire McDowell, is suitable for complete beginners, or those with some experience. Claire will lead you step-by step-through the basics of needle-felting; from creating a core wool structure, to blending custom shades of carded wool to help you create a beautiful, 3D garden bird sculpture of a blue-tit, robin or wren. Your piece can be displayed standing or can be mounted on a vintage china cup as a keepsake.

During the workshop you will learn how to:

  • needle-felt
  • blend wool
  • make your own 3D sculpture of a garden bird

Please note, this workshop is unsuitable for those with very limited fine motor skills


4-day Intensive Throwing Workshop

Tuesday 23 August, 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 24 August, 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 25 August, 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 26 August, 10:00 - 15:00

Join experienced local potter Fiona Shannon at Flowerfield Arts Centre during August Craft Month to learn the basics of throwing on the Pottery wheel. In this 4-day Masterclass you will learn and improve upon the basics of throwing on the pottery wheel. You will also master techniques to refine your work such as trimming the bases, adding handles, spouts and textures to your pots. If you already have experience working in clay and wish to improve upon your skills Fiona will happily demonstrate and assist you with this.

Fee includes materials and kiln firings (up to 3 bags of clay, any additional clay can be purchased for a small additional fee).

N.B. Creativity is messy! Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.


Creative Kids Activity Pack

Creative Kids Activity Pack!

Get Creative at home and let your imagination loose with our Creative Kids Activity Pack! The pack has been created by different local artists with fun art activities they think you'll enjoy. You can use your activity pack alone or with your family for hours of creative fun. Simply download and print off the pack to get started.

Inside the pack you will find lots of different creative activities including:

  • Scratch Art
  • Funny Eyes Craft
  • Dance and Movement Activity
  • Peg Pals Craft
  • The Emperors New Clothes Colouring-in
  • Create your own Spring Flowers Craft
  • Make your own Shadow Puppets

Thank you to our wonderful artists who created the fab art ideas for the pack including, Natasha Duddy, Karen Torley and Tonya Sheina Batts!

Share your creativity with us and send in pictures of anything you make to esther.alleyne@casuewaycoastandglens.gov.uk and we'll share them on our social media pages!


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