CREATE & LEARN

Keep your brain active with creating, making and learning from home..and soon, in person too! 

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(Updated 14th April 2021)

  1. Abington Park Museum in Northampton are taking submissions for their annual Art in the Park exhibition until 24th April. For the first time in its 60-year history the exhibition of Artists from across Northamptonshire will be online from Saturday 1st May until Monday 3st May.
  2. Pen Green Centre are offering FREE online sessions for music, Songs and Rhymes. Follow them on facebook for updates.
  3. Oakley Rangers Youth Music Group are looking for new band members aged 11 – 18 for their Rockschool style music lessons.
  4. From April 8th Warts and All Theatre are offering FREE fun online Spring Sessions for 11-21 year olds in Northamptonshire.
  5. Corby folks can join our Associate Artists The Eloquent Fold, aka Phiona Richards and Carole Miles for Joyful Conversations online starting on Monday 29th March to chat to others and try out some creative makes.
  6. Carbon Theatre have some online sessions in Sensory Learning Session for Parents and Carers starting on 14th April – for families living in Kettering or Corby.
  7. Aged 12 to 25? Learn about music, spoken word, video production and live streaming with The Core at Corby Cube at their Lyrical Lockdown project starting in April.
  8. Northamptonshire Adult Learning have lots of FREE online creative activities, with new opportunities starting in April. Learn how to paint, take a course in Art History, get involved in family crafts and more.
  9. If you’re interested in learning new woodworking, craft and textile skills once COVID restrictions are lifted, become a member of a Community Shed in Corby. It starts being built on April 26th – follow the Our Shed facebook page for updates.
  10. Watch and learn all about contemporary artists and makers at goldmark.tv – hosted by the Goldmark Gallery in Uppingham.
  11. Got under-5s? Try some fantastic crafts, indoor and outdoor activities and storytelling with The Wild Tribe.
  12. Write a comedy song with Jonny Awsum or Make a Worry Muncher with Joni-Rae Carrack at the Imagination Station.
  13. Join Olaf Falafel’s Art Club on YouTube.
  14. Sign up for the next online sessions of Corby Puppetry Group, to learn about shadow puppets and marionettes.
  15. Take part in the biggest exhibition ever staged with Firstsite#TheGreatBigArtExhibition2021
  16. Age 5 – 19? Submit your work for free to The Royal Academy‘s Young Artists’ Summer Show.
  17. My Sensory Adventures is a new digital project from our friends at Carbon Theatre for people who like to explore the word in sensory ways, including babies, people with special educational needs, disabilities or dementia. They have recently made all of their how-to videos available on their YouTube channel, where you’ll find eight fun activities based on Water, Earth, Wind and Fire.
  18. Check out the Fantastic For Families website, they have lots of shows and activities you can take part in from home, many of which are FREE – including ours.
  19. Over 18? Want a creative outlet? Join the online NN8 Writers Group.
  20. The Phoenix in Leicester have a great range of  ‘At Home’ downloadable creative activities for kids, plus games and online projects for adults too, to keep you all busy at home during the lockdown.
  21. The Royal Voluntary Service have started the Virtual Village Hall, a programme of themed online activities designed to enjoy at home, led by expert tutors in creative arts and crafts, music and singing, cooking and baking, dance and exercise, and technology skills. Join in with live sessions or catch up on demand when it suits you, on the Virtual Village Hall Facebook Page.
  22. Find lots of fantastic step-by-step craft tutorials at Crafts Council Craft Club – why not set up an online club with your friends? You can also find Craft Club ideas on Pinterest and YouTube or read Crafts magazines from their archives.
  23. Age 6 – 15 years old? Then you can earn yourself a Blue Peter badge to gain FREE entry into loads of great UK attractions! You can earn a blue badge by sending in a story, craft make, picture or poem. Or why not apply for a special music badge! Even if you don’t have a musical instrument at home you can use the Bring the Noise interactive tool!
  24. With so many students and others being stuck at home for the next few weeks, animator Aaron Blaise is offering his Fundamentals of Animation course completely FREE!
  25. Write and illustrate your own book with Book Creator! Write a story, create a comic adventure, pen an anthology of poetry or make a journal of your time at home to show your teacher when you get back to school. You can even record your own voice and sound effects.
  26. Find out about the art of Animation with the creators of Wallace and Gromit, Aardman Animations – and for lots more fun Aardman content, see their YouTube channel.
  27. Visit the Scouts website for some great make and do activities to keep the children occupied during your time at home – these challenges can even count towards Beaver, Cub or Scout Activity Badges!  Share your creations using #TheGreatIndoors hashtag.
  28. Try your hand at digital making with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. For many of the projects you only need a web browser and free apps to create games, digital art, music and more!
  29. Each year all over the country the Get Creative Festival shines a light on all the great cultural activity that takes place on a regular basis in local communities and encourages people to try their hand at something new and creative. In May we were all being encouraged to  #GetCreativeAtHome – there are still loads of activity ideas on the website to access at any time.

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