These groups are run by Sam of Altered Art, for home edders 8+. Optionally, this can be part of working towards Arts Award qualifications (in which case you’d also do other things, e.g. going to some kind of arts event and reflecting on it). Or you can just explore creativity in different ways.
Bingham on Wednesdays
Date: Wednesday afternoons, potentially all year round.
Time: Two groups, each one hour. 2pm to 3pm, and 4pm to 5pm.
Venue: Folks and Fables café, 37 Long Acre, Bingham, Nottinghamshire, NG13 8AF.
Area: Bingham is about 9 miles east of Nottingham, via the A52, or 15 mins by train.
Price: £5 per young person per week, payable in 5 week blocks after an initial trial session, if required.
Physical access: The room where the art happens is up a flight of stairs. The main café area is downstairs, and parents are welcome to stay there.
Nottingham on Tuesdays
New group, starting soon. (The Bingham groups have been running a while.)
Date: Tuesdays, middle of the day, potentially all year round.
Time: 11am to 1pm.
Venue: The Dice Cup Café, 68-70 Mansfield Rd, Nottingham, NG1 3GY.
Area: North side of Nottingham city centre, next to Victoria Bus Station and just slightly north of the Victoria shopping centre.
Price: £8 per young person per week (2 hours), payable in 5 week blocks after an initial trial session, if required.
Physical access: The Dice Cup has flat access. There is a toilet with flat access and a wide door, but without extra bars to help with transfer from a wheelchair.
Information which applies to both venues
Booking or enquiries: contact samalteredart at gmail dot com. Not everyone has to start their five-week block on the same week, so you can potentially start any time if there’s space.
Age range: 8+
For Bronze Arts Award it’s ideally 10 years plus but in my current group in Bingham I’m currently teaching 8 – 14 year olds. I’m happy to discuss with parents their young person’s individual needs. I am qualified to teach from 4-25 years old under the Arts Award scheme and have taught Primary age within schools and adults in the community.
More about the activities:
I teach creative arts. Not drawing and painting as such but experimenting with different mediums and using different techniques. I vary my classes depending on where the young people’s interest lies. I use a lot of recycling and eco friendly products. My group in Bingham have created handmade books using a variety of techniques, some scrap doll/creature/monster/robots and we are now working on a set of Artist Trading Cards to swap with each other! I provide lots of exciting and stimulating materials. I show the young people the techniques needed to complete a project but I encourage a lot of exploration and personal development. There is no “getting it wrong” with my classes and I aim to boost self esteem and self-directed creativity.
I enjoy teaching art to home schooled young people for a number of reasons, including smaller group sizes allow my attention to be more concentrated on each young person, there’s no need for a fixed “learning outcome” and the development of the art projects flow more organically to where a young person’s interest lies rather than, in my experience, where a school wants them to be taught. There are more details about my education background and arts experience on my WordPress site.
I am happy to accommodate any young person or parent with autism or any learning disability, the location is quite calming and I have a lot of experience with young people who are on the autistic spectrum.
Travel info for Bingham
Map showing Folks and Fables:
Train: Bingham railway station is about 470 yards’ walk.
The bus from Nottingham to Bingham is the Rushcliffe Mainline, run by Trent Barton buses, available to pick up on Friar Lane or Broadmarsh bus station.
There is a free car park 5 minutes walk away and often some onstreet parking in front of the café.
Travel info for Nottingham
Map showing the Dice Cup:
Nearest tram stop: “Nottingham Trent University”, about 800 yards’ walk. All trams through the city centre stop here. Tram information.
Nearest bus stops: “Victoria Bus Station” (where many of the Trent Barton buses terminate), “York House” and “Victoria Centre”. Many of the Nottingham City Transport buses come to one or other of these stops; the ones which don’t, mostly have stops on or near the Old Market Square, about 700 yards away.
Nottingham railway station and Broadmarsh bus station are less than a mile away.
Parking: at the Victoria Centre car park (click link for prices).