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Inspiration Point: Free Expressive Arts Workshops for Schools

On Friday 17th February, as part of the city wide project Inspiration Point, Aberdeen City Council’s Creative Learning are taking over the Lemon Tree and offering a day for young people focussed on exploring careers in the arts, with an exciting programme of practical workshops in drama, creative writing and visual art. The Royal Conservatoire, a contemporary artists’ collective, a creative writer and the Travelling Gallery will all be offering practical workshops which can be tailored to any age/stage at secondary level. The workshops will offer pupils practical, skills based sessions as well as giving unique opportunities for pupils to discuss with professional artists their routes into different creative careers.

Inspiration Point is funded by Creative Scotland and all workshops are being offered completely free of charge.

The programme is booking up fast, but the following workshops are currently still available to book:

Drama:  We are very excited to host The Royal Conservatoire who are offering an excellent mini visiting programme of hour long workshops. Still available to book is Picture This! Christopher Wagner, Lighting Lecturer at RCS, will lead an hour long workshop for a maximum of 20 participants exploring theatrical lighting in a hands-on workshop. Taking an image, and using the Lemon Tree kit, particpants will attempt to stage the look of that image, playing with intensity, colours and angles to explore what lighting can do. From 11:30 or 12:00 depending on school group/timetable.

Creative Writing: Author Shane Strachan is offering a Character Creation Workshop for a maximum of 10 participants, from 2:00 – 3:00pm. In this fun workshop, budding writers will work together to create a set of unique characters which they will then write a short story about.

Visual Art: The Travelling Gallery will also be onsite all day with their spring tour ‘Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat’. The subject matter of this contemporary group show connects well with some of the themes of Inspiration Point for young people studying Expressive Arts at secondary school or college: individuals thinking about life after school/college, possible careers they want to explore (creative or otherwise), and how or why they are engaged in artistic practice or study. Bookable Travelling Gallery sessions last 30 minutes, are led by Travelling Gallery staff and are supported by teacher resource packs, which can be sent out ahead of scheduled visits.

For any schools interested in booking any of these Inspiration Point workshops, or who would just like to find out more, please contact Creative Project Coordinator Nicole Gildea

For schools travelling from out with Aberdeen City Centre we can also offer fully funded coach transport to support attendance as all workshops will take place at the Lemon Tree.

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Source: Curriculum Team Feed

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