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Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, England, B12 9QH
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The Art of Animation

Learn the art of animation from the basic principles of professional animation techniques to creating your own short stop motion animation film What will you learn on this course?

During these workshops participants will learn the basic principles of professional animation and will create their own short stop motion film. Which will cover the following:

Story-writing Story-boarding Character design (drawing) Armature making + Character sculpting Set building Sound recording Lip syncing Principles and physics of animation Stop-motion animating Video editing

Working as a team the participants will learn about and try every process involved in creating an animation. They will plan a story and then break it down into a storyboard, design and make their own characters using wire armatures and plasticine, and create sets from card and other craft materials. Using professional animation software, they will then create a series of stills that will become their animated film. They will finally edit their film adding music, sound effects and recorded dialogue.

In addition to learning how to make an animation, participants will learn about team working, storytelling, drawing, sculpting, listening skills and the use of specialist technology. The tutor will work closely with the groups demonstrating the different processes and supporting the participants to realise their own ideas.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for young people aged 12 to 17 years. It is open to all ability levels and young people don’t need previous experience. Parents are not expected to accompany their children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked.

The course may be accessible for young people with disabilities who can participate in detail based activities. We provide a learning support worker and a parent or carer may assist their child if required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The building is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to. Do you need to bring anything? No Are there any additional costs? None Who teaches this course? Martin McNally

Mon 10 Aug
Media Studio

Arts and Crafts Ceramics: Inspired by William Morris & William De Morgan

During this unique 3 day course you will explore contemporary ceramic work inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th c., learn ceramic techniques and develop your own designs inspired by famed designers William Morris and William De Morgan. What will you learn on this course? The Arts and Crafts movement began in the late 19th century in response to the increasing industrialisation of manufacturing and stood in direct opposition to the mechanical means of the preparation of goods. It also had a social aspect that detested the lower value that had been placed on decorative arts and the working classes that made the mechanism of industrialisation run. During this short course we will look at contemporary work by those who led the Arts and Crafts movement and in particular the designers William Morris and William De Morgan. Using these works as examples and decorative techniques such as carving, slip painting and sgraffito to explore and develop your own designs inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement. You will be encouraged to develop your own ideas and the tutor will teach you how to translate these ideas into your own unique designs. Using the ceramics skills you have learned you will choose the appropriate techniques to realise your design in clay. The course tutor will encourage you to develop your individual interests and styles and support you through to the completion of your project. Any work you produce on this course is yours to take home. Our fully equipped pottery studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, pottery wheel, glazes, coloured slips, all necessary tools and the firing kilns. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is for beginners and improvers/advanced practitioners seeking to develop and build on their skills working with an experienced tutor. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities as a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Who teaches this course? Sue Dyer

Mon 10 Aug
Pottery Studio

£101 (£96)

Create a Children's Picture Book Design

Learn how to create your own picture book, on this fun one-day course. What will you learn on this course? Working with illustrator Jessica Hartshorn, participants will have a choice of materials from acrylic paint, pastels, to crayons to create their very own children’s book. Learn how to draw a range of expressions and create different compositions on the page. Children will be guided through the process, from initial drawings and character development, to the layout of their book. By the end of the course they will begin to create the first few pages and front cover of their own unique book. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years. It is open to all ability levels and children don’t need previous experience. Parents are not expected to accompany children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked. The course is accessible for children of all abilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. We can provide a learning support worker and a parent or carer may assist their child if required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to. Do you need to bring anything? No, we will provide drawing and painting materials. Children should dress appropriately as some of the visual art workshops can get a bit messy. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Jessica Hartshorn

Thu 13 Aug
Drawing and Painting Studio

Creative Drama Camp

For all the little performers out there! Unlock your creative imagination and explore a wide variety of drama techniques including improvisation, movement and voice, and get to perform for your family at the end of the camp in MAC’s Hexagon Theatre.

What will you learn on this course? On this course, children will learn how their ideas can be transformed into a piece of theatre. Through various theatre games and exercises young people will develop their confidence, creativity, group work, speaking, listening and performance and presentation skills.

The students will be taught aspects of devising, acting, rhythm, movement and voice. The tutor works closely with the group providing a stimulus for the playful exploration of ideas. Families and friends can attend an informal sharing on the final part of the camp.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 6 to 11 years. It is open to all ability levels and children don’t need previous experience. Parents are not expected to accompany children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked.

The course is accessible for children of all abilities. A learning support worker is provided and a parent or carer may assist their child if required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

Do I need to bring anything? Children to wear comfortable clothing – preferably trousers, jogging bottoms or leggings with loose fitting top and trainers or pumps. Participants should bring bottled water or a water based drink and their own lunch to eat on a supervised one-hour break if you are not opting to purchase the optional Childcare Add-ons with food. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Hailey Brown MAC CREATIVE CAMPs take place during school holidays, the camps run from between 2-5 days and offer intensive learning experiences across a variety of art forms. The last day of the camp may include a sharing event or performance for parents.

Our camps run from 10am to 3pm each day, with a 1-hour lunch break and children are fully supervised at all times by experienced DBS-checked staff.

Optional Childcare Add-Ons However, we know families have differing needs so we’ve structured optional add-on elements to help busy parents.

Extra Hours

• 4 additional hours of supervised childcare which fit around the course or camp, so that your child’s day runs from 8.30am – 5.30pm (flexible drop-off and collection times within these hours).
• During these hours we offer further fun activities and entertainment for your child including film-screenings and games, allowing them extra time with their friends. • Please note that Extra Hours does not include any food.

Food Package

• Breakfast • Lunch from our Café menu • Afternoon snack • We provide vegan and vegetarian options and can cater for allergies and intolerances with notice. As an alternative you are welcome to provide a packed lunch, or if you would prefer to send your child with money to select from the café themselves, we will ensure they are accompanied by suitable trained staff.

Mon 10 Aug
Randle Studio

Children £65

Design and Make a 3D Printed Snapchat Selfie

Learn to design your own 3D Snapchat Selfie then print it on a 3D printer during this exciting 2-day course. What will you learn on this course? During this 2-day course, participants will create their very own snapchat selfie using 2D drawing and character development, and will then transform their creation into three dimensions using 3D design software Cura and a 3D printer. This course will support develop of participants’ creative thinking and idea generation skills. Using a combination of practical design demonstrations and 1-2-1 support students will receive guidance tailored to your individual projects and needs. This course introduces young learners to designing and building 3D printing models within a creative and playful environment. Participants will engage with digital activities in an exciting creative way, and will take home their unique 3D-printed Snapchat selfie. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for young people aged 10 to 17 years. It is open to all ability levels so is suited to beginners. The class will be tailored to the participant’s abilities. All our staff are DBS checked. The course may be accessible for children with disabilities as we can provide a learning support worker and all classes are adapted to meet the specific needs of the group. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to. Do you need to bring anything? All materials and equipment are provided; participants will receive a 3D print of their creations to take home. Are there any additional costs? No Who teaches this course? Allie Litherland

Thu 13 Aug
Media Studio

Dot Painting

Make and decorate a rainmaker, a boomerang and make a wall hanging inspired by Australian aboriginal painting techniques and imagery. You will be creating your work using hand stencils, spray paint and dot art.

What will you learn on this course?

On this one day workshop children will learn how to make their own dotty art works, inspired by Australian aboriginal painting techniques and imagery. The day will be fun, learning with other children in a friendly and encouraging environment allowing children to use their imagination and create something to take home to play with.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 6 to 11 years. It is open to all ability levels and children don’t need previous experience. Parents are not expected to accompany children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked.

The course is accessible for children of all abilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. We provide a learning support worker and a parent or carer may assist their child if additional support is required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to. Do you need to bring anything? Children should dress appropriately as some of the visual art workshops can get a bit messy. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Helen Lane

Fri 14 Aug
Weston Studio

Children £24

Family Sing Along

Learn to make music and instruments based on natural materials and elements on this course where music meets nature in the fantastic Cannon Hill Park! What will you learn on this course? This is a fun interactive singing workshop for families, learning about the origins of Rhythm and Blues and Jazz, we offer a chance for the family to connect through musical expression. Families will learn to sing a variety of songs from classics old and new from popular theatre productions and films and Motown and Jazz. Families will then create an original song together in the ambience of MAC’s outdoor arena surrounded by Cannon hill park. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 6-11 years to enjoy learning with a parent or guardian. It is open to all levels. You don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given.
The course is accessible for people of all abilities as families will be working together and can provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Do you need to bring anything? You do not need to bring anything, all course equipment is provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Nicole Justice

Tue 11 Aug
Arena

£6 (Children £6–£12)

Family Wildlife Drawing

As a family explore and draw the wildlife, flora and fauna outside in Cannon Hill Park, then return to the studio to complete your art works. What will you learn on this course? This one-day workshop is a chance for families to enjoy learning about art and observing wildlife in Cannon Hill Park. You will be guided by Artist Tutor Paula Ligo, who will help you to explore artistic methods and techniques and help you and your family get the most of creating art work outside. Every family will leave with artwork to proudly display in their home. If the weather is not suitable that day, the course will be run indoors in MAC’s Artist House using printed images, books and projections to inspire the family. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 6-11 years to enjoy learning with a parent or guardian. It is open to all levels. You don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given.
The course is accessible for people of all abilities as families will be working together and can provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Do you need to bring anything? No Are there any additional costs? The course fee covers one child and one adult. There is a charge for each additional person (adult or child). There must be one adult for every three children. Who teaches this course? Paula Ligo

Wed 12 Aug
Sculpture Studion

£18 (Children £18–£39)

Friday Night Life Drawing with Paul Bartlett

Join us on this Friday evening life drawing and painting class where you will build on your observation, drawing, and painting skills with the support of an experienced professional artist. You will discover a space to unwind whilst exploring art with like- minded individuals and have the unique opportunity to draw from life, and unconventional themed models. What will you learn on this course? This is not a taught course but an opportunity for more experienced students and artists to progress with their individual creative journey, while gaining confidence by relating to others in a conducive working environment.

You will work directly from a professional life model who will hold a whole evening pose set up by the artist tutor. Unique to the Friday night sessions, we will have both nude models and themed models, including burlesque, dancers and cosplay for you to explore.

The artist tutor will be teaching through demonstration and working on his own art works, establishing an environment that enables all artists to benefit from shared concentration. One-to-one support may be given if requested by students, to consolidate drawing skills including measurement, proportion, line, tone, colour, using art materials such as pencils, charcoal, pastels and paint. The course is excellent for building your artistic portfolio.

If time allows, there may be a short break and an opportunity to socialise with other students, the tutor and model.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to students who can work independently, and are improvers or advanced. This course is beneficial to students wishing to supplement basic methods and techniques taught on other courses as well as those putting together a portfolio, artists wishing to resolve works for exhibition and art teachers seeking quality creative time for themselves.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities as the room is wheelchair accessible and a support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. Do you need to bring anything? The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Paper is provided that can be used during the lesson, and some basic art materials that may be borrowed on the day, such as pencils, charcoal, pastels, erasers, sharpeners. Most students prefer to provide their own art materials that they bring to the class.

Are there any additional costs?

As the course progresses students should expect to provide some of their own art materials that they bring to the class at their own cost. This would typically include cartridge paper, drawing materials, masking tape, paints, brushes and palettes.

Who teaches this course? Paul Bartlett

Fri 14 Aug
Drawing and Painting Studio

£51 (£48)

Getting More From Your Digital Camera

During this fun and relaxed course you will explore technical and creative ways to get more out of your Digital SLR Camera. You will need to understand the basics of Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO to get the best out of this class.

What will you learn on this course? This is a fun and friendly course is intended as a follow on from ‘Mastering the Basics of Your DSLR’. You will get the best out of this course if you are already familiar with the basics of Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. On this course you will explore technical and creative ways to get more out of your DSLR Camera.
Taught through a combination of tutor presentations and practical exercises the course covers a range of techniques and skills covering photography theory, technical understanding and artistic approaches including: Mastering camera settings and shooting modes Understanding light and shooting in different conditions Creative approaches to nature, architectural portrait and landscape photography Introduction to black and white photography Practical black and white shoot What does this button do? Q&A session There will be opportunity for creative discussion about choosing a future body of work to shoot and motivating yourself to get out and about with your camera. Thinking creatively and learning from the masters. There will also be time for sharing, reviewing and critiquing each other’s work. On completion of this course you will have an understanding of more creative approaches to photography and an improved confidence in the operation of your camera. You should feel inspired to be creative with your camera and want to explore your own capabilities further.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. You will get the best out of this course if you understand the basics of Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who are able to use a camera and a carer or support worker may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

Do you need to bring anything? Bring along your camera, a tripod if you have one and appropriate clothing for going outside.

You can bring your own laptop or tablet if you wish to use this to share your work. Apple Macs will also be available but please remember any cables you might need to connect your camera to your device. It is also useful if you bring a copy of your camera manual.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Kate Green

Fri 14 Aug
Deloitte Room

£42 (£38)

Illustrative Stitch: Portraits

Embroider a piece of fabric art using stitches made by hand or machine to draw and paint with thread. What will you learn on this course? On this course you will learn to: Use embroidery to create a fabric art work Learn or extend your knowledge and ability to use simpler stitches for the beginner or more complex ones for those who wish to extend their embroidery skills. Learn how to choose and carry out the best effect using the most appropriate stitch by hand or machine. Develop an understanding of the relationship between the drawn or painted line and the stitched one, Use simple applique methods using fabrics to collage with Build on any existing knowledge and practice you have of free motion machine embroidery to create your fabric work of art

The tutor will use a mix of group demonstrations, individual support and the examples from her own practise to guide you through the processes explaining the materials and teaching the techniques. You will receive individual support on your work and how to realise your ideas as required. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years and is open to all levels. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities and a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. Do you need to bring anything? All course materials and equipment are provided. You are encouraged to work to your own stitched portrait project and you are welcome to bring photographs or pictures that inspires you and you can use for reference during the day. Are there any additional costs? no Who teaches this course? Claire Leggett

Sat 15 Aug
Textiles Studio

£45 (£42)

Imaginary Pottery

Use your imagination in this one-day course to design and create your very own 3D sculpture from your wildest dreams. Learn all about hand building and coiling techniques to make and then decorate your creation. What will you learn on this course? During this 1-day course children will learn how to make an imaginative 3D sculpture from clay. They will explore different ceramic techniques such as hand slab building, coiling and pinching then learn to paint their creation with coloured slips in order to produce a mischievous monster or cute companion out of clay. The course is held in the pottery studio at MAC and provides a fun and creative environment which will encourage children’s creativity and discovery. The course provides an exciting introduction to ceramics where children get to explore the medium of clay with a group of like-minded people. Children will learn different hand-building techniques such as coiling, slab building and sculpting clay. They will then add decoration using a variety of techniques. Learners will be encouraged to review and refine their work to produce finished ceramic pieces that are unique Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 6 to 11. It is open to all levels. Those with little or no experience of pottery will be shown demonstrations for the various techniques used and those with previous experience will be able to self-direct their work with guidance from the tutor. All our staff are DBS checked. The course is accessible for children with disabilities but you do need dexterity in your hands to work with clay. A Carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Who teaches this course? Barbara Pianca

Thu 13 Aug
Pottery Studio

Children £28

Introduction to Ceramics

Learn basic making techniques in clay including coiling, throwing and slab pots. Take home a finished piece and an understanding of the art of clay and ceramics.

What will you learn on this course? In this weekly class you will receive an introduction to ceramics and the hand-building techniques used. Your tutor will demonstrate a range of techniques throughout the course such as coiling, slab-building, throwing and press-moulding. There will also be demonstrations of different approaches to glazing to achieve a variety of surface effects, this will include dipping, pouring, spraying and the use of wax resist. You will have the opportunity to work with coloured slips which allows for a more controlled outcome. The tutor will give whole class demonstrations of the various techniques in the early stages of the course and then individual, specialist guidance will be given on your projects as and when it’s needed. You will be able to work at your own pace and are encouraged to work on individual projects of your own design. Further demonstrations of specific techniques can also be given to smaller numbers within the group or one-to-one upon request. Those learners with more experience will be able to self-direct their work and the tutor will offer guidance as and when it’s needed. Our fully equipped studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, pottery wheel, glazes, coloured slips, all necessary tools and the firing kiln. On completion of this course you will have gained a variety of practical ceramics skills and learned new techniques through the development of individual pieces or a collection of work.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to all levels. You don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. Those experienced in ceramics are welcome to work independently with tutor guidance and support given as needed.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities as a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Who teaches this course? Emily-Kriste Wilcox

Wed 12 Aug
Pottery Studio

£91 (£84)

Wed 19 Aug
Pottery Studio

£91 (£84)

Introduction to Sewing

An introduction to the techniques of sewing. Learn how to set up and use a sewing machine and basic stiches before putting them to practice by making a simple top or skirt.

What will you learn on this course?

This course will introduce students to the simple techniques of sewing including basic seams, darts and manipulating techniques such as pleats and gathers. The tutor will give step by step demonstrations and you will be encouraged to sew that individual step alone with additional support as required. Having completed a series of samples you will be able to apply these new skills to make a simple top or skirt from base patterns provided in standard graded sizes. The course covers the following skills:

How to sew Understanding the fittings techniques used in clothes Creating different fabric manipulation techniques used in clothing Correctly sewing seams and darts in a piece of clothing Using sewing equipment safely Precision and accuracy when sewing

On completion of this course you can expect to have produced a selection of small samples of fabric manipulation techniques, such as different seams, darts, pleats and gathers. You will also have made a finished sewn product (either a top or a skirt) that you can wear. You should feel more confident about sewing clothing in the future.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. Beginners may be completely new to sewing or may not have done it for some time and will be taught all the basics. Improvers may have previous experience of sewing but want to develop their skills further by making something that they can wear.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who can undertake practical sewing activities including operating a sewing machine and using an iron. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. Do you need to bring anything? A selection of essential sewing equipment will be provided.

You must bring a folder to store your samples and a 2m length of coloured cotton based fabric to make your garment.

We encourage you to bring your own sewing kit consisting of hand sewing needles, thread, tape measure, stitch ripper, pins, scissors (large and small), pens, pencils, ruler, tailors chalk. If you own a sewing machine and prefer to use it you can have it PAT tested for a cost of £5 and bring it in to use during class. Please enquire about PAT testing before you attend the session. Are there any additional costs?

Items listed above that you do not already have must be provided at your own expense. An indication of the cost of these items is given below. These items can be purchased from fabric and haberdashery stores, Birmingham Rag market and large supermarkets. Please contact us for more information.

Folder: £1.00-£3.00 Cotton fabric: £1.00-£3.00 per metre (2 metres required)

SEWING KIT Hand sewing needles: £1.00 Thread: 60p-£1.00 Tape measure: £1.00-£1.50 Stitch ripper: £1.00-£1.50 Pins: £1.00 Scissors (large and small): £1.00-£3.00 Pens/ pencils/ ruler: £1.00 Tailors chalk: £1.00-£3.00

Who teaches this course? Sian Riley

Sat 15 Aug
Textiles Studio

£76 (£70)

Introduction to Wheelwork for Beginners

You will learn a series of basic techniques in the art of wheel throwing including clay preparation to creating cylinders and bowls and then progressing to other forms followed by glazing and firing your work.

What will you learn on this course?

On this 4 week course the tutor will demonstrate the key stages of wheel throwing enabling you to create pieces with great satisfaction. You will begin by focusing on two main forms; the cylinder and the bowl. Most other forms can be learnt from those two forms. You will also learn the technique of turning. The tutor will encourage you to develop your skills and through repetition build your confidence, encouraging you to be selective about work that is retained for firing, so that you deepen your understanding of the art of wheelwork.

The tutor will encourage you to produce functional and non-functional items after completing a piece you will be introduced to the art of surface decoration with the use of various glaze colours which will then go on to be fired in the kiln. Throughout the weeks you will gain both wheel throwing and general ceramic knowledge.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at beginners aged 18+ years. You don’t need any previous experience of wheel throwing as full guidance will be given through all the stages. The course is accessible for people with disabilities but requires good manual dexterity and some physical strength and fitness. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible.

Do you need to bring anything?

Short sleeves, old trousers and an apron are recommended but clay washes off easily. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be a charge for any oversized work fired.

Who teaches this course?

Serge Sanghera

Mon 10 Aug
Pottery Studio

£70 (£66)

Mon 17 Aug
Pottery Studio

£70 (£66)

Kinetic Electronic Art

Spend 3 days learning how to design and make a piece of kinetic or moving art work using motors, lights, sensors and sounds.

What will you learn on this course?

This course will introduce you to creative electronics using motors, LEDs and Arduino coding. You will understand the process of developing a simple circuit, how to programme motors to make your kinetic art come to life, all with creative arts and crafts materials.

This course is taught by tutor Catherine Jones who is a practicing artist with extensive experience and strong links in the entertainment and creative industry. Using a combination of practical design demonstrations and 1-2-1 support you will receive guidance tailored to your individual projects and needs.

Who is this course for? This course is suitable for young people aged 6 to 11 years. It is open to all ability levels so is suited to beginners. The class will be tailored to the participant’s abilities. All our staff are DBS checked.

The course may be accessible for children with disabilities as we can provide a learning support worker and all classes are adapted to meet the specific needs of the group. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

MAC CREATIVE CAMPs take place during school holidays, the camps run from between 2-5 days and offer intensive learning experiences across a variety of art forms. The last day of the camp may include a sharing event or performance for parents.

Our camps run from 10am to 3pm each day, with a 1-hour lunch break and children are fully supervised at all times by experienced DBS-checked staff.

Optional Childcare Add-Ons However, we know families have differing needs so we’ve structured optional add-on elements to help busy parents.

Extra Hours

• 4 additional hours of supervised childcare which fit around the course or camp, so that your child’s day runs from 8.30am – 5.30pm (flexible drop-off and collection times within these hours).
• During these hours we offer further fun activities and entertainment for your child including film-screenings and games, allowing them extra time with their friends. • Please note that Extra Hours does not include any food.

Food Package

• Breakfast • Lunch from our Café menu • Afternoon snack • We provide vegan and vegetarian options and can cater for allergies and intolerances with notice. As an alternative you are welcome to provide a packed lunch, or if you would prefer to send your child with money to select from the café themselves, we will ensure they are accompanied by suitable trained staff.

Do I need to bring anything?

Participants should bring bottled water or a water based drink and their own lunch to eat on a supervised one-hour break if you are not opting to purchase the optional Childcare Add-ons with or without food. Are there any additional costs? The course price includes a micro-processor, motors, lights and arts and craft materials to the value of £25 per person. Who teaches this course? Catherine Jones

Mon 10 Aug
Weston Studio

Children £80

Make a Sealife Mobile

Use a variety of materials and techniques to design and create your own unique sealife mobile on this 2-day creative camp. What will you learn on this course? Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with a range of materials including paper, cardboard and craft materials to design, create and decorate their very own mobile design. During this two-day camp, children will use paper and mixed-media materials to create amazing sealife forms, decorate their work, and thread them to a frame to create a unique mobile to take home with them. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 8-12 years. It is open to all ability levels and children don’t need previous experience. Parents are not expected to accompany children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked. The course is accessible for children of all abilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. We provide a learning support worker and a parent or carer may assist their child if additional support is required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to. Do you need to bring anything? All course materials and equipment are provided. Children should dress appropriately as some of the visual art workshops can get messy. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Lisa Broughton

Tue 11 Aug
Drawing and Painting Studio

Pottery Puppet Theatre - Jungle Adventure

Learn how to design and make your very own magical pottery theatre and puppets made from clay. Unleash your creativity while learning clay techniques. Make your stage and jungle characters inspired by the famous Jungle Book story. What will you learn on this course? During the course children will learn how to make 3D pottery characters and will be inspired by the story and characters in ‘Jungle Book. They will explore different ceramic techniques such as hand slab building, coiling and pinching then learn to paint their creatures with coloured slips. The course is held in the pottery studios at MAC and provides a fun and creative environment which will encourage children’s creativity and discovery. The course provides an exciting introduction to ceramics where children get to explore the medium of clay with a group of like-minded people. Children will learn different hand-building techniques such as coiling, slab building and sculpting clay. They will then add decoration using a variety of glaze techniques. Learners will be encouraged to review and refine their work to produce finished ceramic pieces that are unique. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 6 to 11. It is open to all levels. Those with little or no experience of pottery will be shown demonstrations for the various techniques used and those with previous experience will be able to self-direct their work with guidance from the tutor. All our staff are DBS checked. The course is accessible for children with disabilities but you do need dexterity in your hands to work with clay. A Carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to. Do I need to bring anything?

Participants should bring bottled water or a water based drink and their own lunch to eat on a supervised one-hour break if you are not opting to purchase the optional Childcare Add-ons with or without food. All course materials and equipment are provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Barbara Pianca MAC CREATIVE CAMPs take place during school holidays, the camps run from between 2-5 days and offer intensive learning experiences across a variety of art forms. The last day of the camp may include a sharing event or performance for parents.

Our camps run from 10am to 3pm each day, with a 1-hour lunch break and children are fully supervised at all times by experienced DBS-checked staff.

Optional Childcare Add-Ons However, we know families have differing needs so we’ve structured optional add-on elements to help busy parents.

Extra Hours

• 4 additional hours of supervised childcare which fit around the course or camp, so that your child’s day runs from 8.30am – 5.30pm (flexible drop-off and collection times within these hours).
• During these hours we offer further fun activities and entertainment for your child including film-screenings and games, allowing them extra time with their friends. • Please note that Extra Hours does not include any food.

Food Package

• Breakfast • Lunch from our Café menu • Afternoon snack • We provide vegan and vegetarian options and can cater for allergies and intolerances with notice. As an alternative you are welcome to provide a packed lunch, or if you would prefer to send your child with money to select from the café themselves, we will ensure they are accompanied by suitable trained staff.

Mon 10 Aug
Ceramics Studio 3

Children £84

Re-opened in 2010 after a £15.2 million refit, with greater access and greener facilities.

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