Bog Standard Gallery:
Melanie has been delivering creative art workshops for children and adults of all ages, needs and abilities for over 5 years. Whether it is an art lesson in the woods, a disability group, an art session in a hospital or a corporate training day, Melanie tailors each workshop to meet the needs of each group and setting.
Melanie is particularly interested in using the creative process to engage those children and young people that are otherwise difficult to reach. Melanie has worked extensively with young people with anti-social behaviour problems and through creative workshops has built the confidence and self-esteem of each participant, meeting their needs individually within a group setting. Melanie is a qualified Art Therapist and is experienced in working with multi-disciplinary teams, the education setting and within the national curriculum. Melanie has had significant experience in multi-agency working and child protection procedures.
Melanie is first aid trained, holds public liability insurance, and an enhanced CRB check. Melanie is based in Hertfordshire but is happy to travel to other parts of the UK. Please contact Melanie by email and she will be happy to discuss your requirements.
Examples of Melanie’s diverse range of workshops include:
REUSE IT – Using old and discarded computers the participants take them apart and use the components they find inside to ‘upcycle’ the computer and make a working clock to take home with them. This workshop has been delivered in schools and corporate training days with an accompanying presentation to share important messages about recycling and reuse.
The Art of Storytelling – aimed at primary school children this project works with small groups at a time work together and create a giant book providing a platform for the sharing and the exploration of feelings in the classroom.
Snapshot of the Community – A great way of getting the participants to engage with each other and discuss their local community. The brief encourages the participants to look closely at aspects around them and their community that are commonly overlooked. Highlighting these aspects in their photographs, the participants are encouraged to come up with unusual and creative ways of exhibiting the photographs together with a short text about their findings.
Mapping Our Perception – The participant’s are asked to create a 3D map (like a model village) of their local area, but only incorporating things that they feel play and important pat or have an impact on the place. Previous examples of this project have seen teeny tiny schools and giant skate parks!
Brush Bots – Using toothbrush heads, motors and batteries, each participant creates their own ‘brush bot’. The brush bots are then dipped in paint before being released onto a large canvas. To the participants amazement, exciting abstract images are created by the moving brushes creating an interesting group piece.
...anything but bog standard!