If the last two years has taught us anything , it is that being creative with like minded people is really important for mental well being, losing yourself in a creative process takes you away from worrying about what is going on day to day in your "normal" life.
Not everyone attends creative workshops for the same reasons. Some people come to learn a new skill or to add diversity to their skills and knowledge. Some come along for a day out to simply to enjoy being creative with no particular plans or agenda. Others treat it as a day out catching up with an old friend whilst creating something lovely together.
One thing I always find most heart warming is the way the groups form and develop over the day. If it is a larger group, by lunchtime or just after, the energy and the atmosphere can be so uplifting that the creativity becomes secondary. And by the end of the day, it is great to see everyone going away happy and inspired to continue their creativity at home.
This last month has been particularly busy and I have welcomed many new faces into The Stables for workshops in Gel Plate Printing , Batik and Block Printing. I have had Mothers and Daughters, Best Friends, Work Colleagues as well as individuals who just want to spend a day engrossed in something creative, with like minded people. Group sizes have ranged from two to ten and the level of skill on arrival, from complete novice to skilled professionals.
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