Simple Spring Painting

You will need:

  • A5 Canvas Frame
  • Poster paint

Instructions:

  1. Mix black poster paint with a small amount of water to make it slightly runny.
  2. Drop some black paint onto the canvas and tilt it so that the paint runs. Control the run of the paint by tilting the canvas in different directions. Repeat this step in to create an impression of tree branches.
  3. Dip your finger into green paint and print onto the canvas around the black areas.

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Great fun and simple way to experiment with painting, suitable for all ages!

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Painted Butterfly

You will need:

  • Large Sheet of Paper
  • Poster Paints
  • Black Pipecleaners
  • Glitter Glue
  • Google Eyes
  • Colossal Pipecleaners
  • PVA Glue

Instructions:

  1. Begin by placing a large sheet of paper down on a table and squirt a few lines of different colours of paint onto the sheet. Carefully fold in half and press down. Watch out for paint spilling over the paper! Afterwards place in a safe area to dry.
  2. When the paint has dried, add decoration and pattern using differing colours of glitter glue. Again, leave to dry.
  3. Next, take a colossal pipecleaner and cut to size to that it fits the middle of the butterfly’s body and stick down using pva glue.
  4. After this take another colossal pipecleaner, cut in half, and curl the ends. Glue these to the head of your butterfly.
  5. Now your butterfly is complete!

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Fun with paint for early years!

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Hand Print Hermit Crab

You will need:

  • Paper plate
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Pipecleaners
  • Google eyes
  • Marker pen

Instructions:

  1. Paint red paint onto your hand and press down onto paper. Leave the paper to dry then cut out the shape.
  2. Draw a spiral onto the paper plate.
  3. Use scissors to cut one side of the paper plate straight.
  4. Stick the handprint to the back of the plate so that the fingers are pointing out from the flat side of the plate.
  5. Stick two pipecleaners to the back of the plate, near the top. Curl the ends of the pipecleaners and stick a google eye on each.

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Art Exhibiton for Celebration of Age Week unveiled

Age & Creativity Exhibition Opening
Age & Creativity Exhibition Opening

Play Resource joined the Celebration of Age Week on Tuesday 5 March, by hosting an arts workshop for older people, led by artist Anna O’Kane, to mark the opening of the Age and Creativity art exhibition showcasing artwork created by the older people from six groups across Belfast. The Ballyowen Day Centre, Brookvale Fold, Cullingtree Fold, Families Beyond Conflict, Grove Day Centre and Loopland Avenue Fold have all enjoyed creating a vibrant range of   artwork including paintings, fabric and felt projects, cards and photo frames, jewellery and mosaics that they are clearly so proud of.  The exhibition was unveiled to a great buzz of excitement for the older people as they came to see their artwork on show, enjoyed with plenty of tea and cakes!

Play Resource, with community artist Anna O’Kane, worked with six centres across Belfast developing art projects that reflected the interests of the participants. The Age and Creativity arts programme gave older people access to the arts, and it is clear that engaging in the arts helped enrich their lives and enhanced their health and well being. This is reflected by a comment from Tommy, an enthusiastic member of the group at Grove who said “I never thought I could do something like this, no one will believe I helped to make this, I can’t wait to see it all up on the wall!

Billy, another member of Grove used to go to painting classes and following a deteriorating medical condition thought he couldn’t any more. By adapting his brushes and modifying the traditional approach to painting, he was delighted to be able to complete his first painting in over 3 years.

This Age & Creativity exhibition at Play Resource is just one of the events planned across the region to celebrate the creative contribution of older people in Northern Ireland, as they take centre stage this March during the Celebration of Age Week, which runs from 4th – 8th March.  Organised by the Arts Council, through the Arts & Older People Programme, the weeklong Celebration of Age includes a number of free exhibitions, art workshops and performances by older people around the region.  Events during the week will highlight some of the success of the Arts & Older People Programme developed by Arts Council and Atlantic Philanthropies – a programme designed to help older people access and participate in the arts.  So far over 3,500 older people have participated in the Arts & Older People Programme activities to date.

Bob Collins Chairman of the Arts Council said: “The Arts & Older People Programme truly reaches out to older people in Northern Ireland, especially those in rural areas, increasing access to and engagement with the arts and thus enriching the social lives of those who participate and reducing isolation.  It also recognises the reality that older people have a lively interest in all aspects of life including the arts.  The Celebration of Age Week is a showcase of some of the successes of the Arts & Older People Programme, with many events taking place across the region.   I would encourage everyone, of all ages, to go along to an event near them”. 

Anne O’Donoghue, Director of Play Resource said “We are so delighted to see the inspirational artwork that has been created by the various groups around the community, and that the older people have enjoyed the art sessions so much, for example the ladies from Friends Beyond Conflict who took part have continued to meet on Mondays and make jewellery, now calling themselves the Crafty Bunch, and have even gone as far as selling what they make to help sustain their new hobby!”

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Spring Closing Dates: St Patricks & Easter

Please note the following closing dates for Play Resource:

St Patrick’sMonday 18 March: CLOSED, so Happy St Patrick’s Day!

EasterThursday 28 March from 5pm CLOSED, reopen Wednesday 3 April at 9.30am. Happy Easter!

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St Patrick’s Cardboard Leprechaun

You will need:

  • Cardboard tube (scrap)
  • Gold card (scrap)
  • Plastic circles (scrap)
  • Black card
  • Colossal pipecleaner
  • Black pipecleaner
  • Green funky foam
  • Google eyes
  • Green paint
  • PVA glue

Instructions:

  1. Paint the bottom third of the tube green. Once dry, cut a strip of black card approximately 2cm wide and wrap it around the top of the green section. Cut a buckle shape from gold card and stick on.
  2. Give your leprechaun a beard and hair by curling a colossal pipecleaner around a pencil. Pull out the pencil and stick the curled pipecleaner into position above the green part of the tube.
  3. To make the glasses, glue two plastic rings together. Use a black pipecleaner to make the arms for the glasses. Stick on and add a pair of google eyes.
  4. To make the hat, cut a circle from black card slightly wider than the cardboard tube. Cut slits in the centre of the black card and push it over the top of the tube and down into position. Wrap a separate piece of black card around the top of the tube. Affix with glue.
  5. Cut a thin strip of gold card and wrap it around the brim of the hat. Add a buckle cut from gold card.
  6. Draw a shamrock shape on to green funky foam and cut out. Attach to the top of the hat.

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St. Patrick’s Shamrock Crown

You will need:

  • Green Funky Foam
  • Scrap Card
  • Gold Paint
  • Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Cellotape
  • Green Tissue Paper
  • Tinsel Pipecleaners
  • PVA Glue
  • Gold & Yellow Glitter Glue

Instructions:

  1. Begin by cutting a strip of scrap card, 3 inches wide and the length measured round your head and cut to fit, allowing a little extra to join it together with cellotape. After adjusting length to make a good fit carefully cellotape the ends together to make the crown.
  2. Paint the crown with gold paint. Once dry, add decoration by tearing up strips of green tissue paper, scrunching up into balls, then using PVA to glue onto the crown.
  3. Add more detail to the decoration using yellow and gold glitter glue.
  4. Next, take a couple of gold pipecleaners and use a glue gun to stick to the inside of the crown. Be careful with the hot glue.
  5. After this, draw some shamrock shapes onto green funky foam and cut out. Add some decoration to them using gold glitter glue.  Then use the glue gun to stick the shamrocks to the gold pipecleaners.

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Simple Weaving Craft Sheet

Learn how to weave with wool! You don’t need expensive equipment to weave; a plastic food tray, a piece of stiff card or cardboard box can easily be turned into a loom.  Simple items can be weaved to create fun colourful finished items. Great project for children or older people to learn the weaving process and a gives wonderful experience of texture.  Follow the simple step-by-step instructions from our Weaving Craft Sheet to create your own projects. Or click here for simple step by step images.

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Fully booked – Community Arts & Crafts Course

Our latest Community Arts & Crafts Training course started on Thursday night with a full house!  Artist, Anna O’Kane began teaching the next course, Module 1, to all the participants delighted to have secured a place.  One happy attendee said “Great first night….happily spend my Thursday nights for the next 3 months doing more of the same!“.

This time as well as exploring colour and form, they will be experimenting with a range of crafts including felt making, basic jewellery making, and model making.  So that by the end of the 12 week course each of them will have greater confidence to create artwork in community settings, and tons of fresh ideas for developing and delivering fun and creative art projects with groups.

Watch this space, to find out when an exhibition of their final work will be on show at Play Resource and for further dates of any new arts training courses.

Or browse our Ideas & Inspiration Channel to get simple art & craft project ideas for working with groups, like this felt making or funky jewellery making demonstration.

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Seasonal Paper Roses

You will need:

  • Red & Pink Paper
  • PVA
  • Natural Wood Sticks
  • Green Paper
  • Yoghurt Pot
  • Masking Tape
  • Glitter Glue
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Cardboard

Instructions:

  1. Begin by drawing a spiral onto a piece of red or pink paper. Cut the spiral out and then roll up. You should now have made a rose petal shape.
  2. After you have made a number of rose petals with the red and pink paper, glue a natural wood stick to each of the petals to make a rose stalk. Cut leaf shapes out of green card or paper and glue to your roses.
  3. Make a vase for your roses using the top of a yoghurt pot as a template to draw onto cardboard. Cut this out and pierce holes into the circle with scissors.
  4. Glue the cardboard circle to the top of the yoghurt pot and stick masking tape over the pot. Decorate the pot with acrylic paint however you wish.
  5. Complete by sticking the roses into the holes of the cardboard circle and add designs to the pot with glitter glue, markers and other items.

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Easter Cone

You will need:

  • A4 Coloured Card
  • Giotto Glue
  • Coloured Paper
  • Colouring Markers
  • Glitter Glue
  • Paper Eggs
  • Gold Card
  • Shredded Crepe Paper
  • Brass Fasteners
  • Cellotape

Instructions:

  1. Begin by rolling a sheet of A4 coloured card into a cone, carefully hold in place, and then use cellotape to keep it together.
  2. Draw Easter eggs, chicks, and bunnies onto coloured paper, cut out and stick to the cone. Feel free to draw your own egg patterns and decorations.
  3. Add more decoration to the cone with glitter glue and markers, filling it with shredded crepe.
  4. For the next step, take some paper eggs, decorate and place into the cone. You could use sweets or chocolate eggs as an alternative.
  5. Cut a length of gold card and attach to the cone using paper fasteners to make the handle.

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