Arts for Wellbeing ZineFun arts activites for our mental health in a challanging time.Produced by ArtatWork's Art and Wellbeing group
CONTENTSPoetry cornerSelf esteem boostersColouring in pagesArts and welbeing challengesPoetry promptsResourcesWebsite: www.artatwork.co.ukEmail:firstname.lastname@example.orgFacebook and Instagram ArtatWorkNorwichTelephone: Melanie 07503633071. Holly 07503633061
Welcome to this 'zine' (a type of magazine) which ArtatWork have puttogether to give you some arty ideas help with good mental health. Most of the activities and colouring in pages have been designed byparticipants and volunteers for you. Please email us about getting involvedas circumstances may change depending on government guidelines.Please tag us #artatwork with anything you create.Happy Colouring, Drawing, Cutting, Sticking,Photographing, Making etc!!Hello from ArtatWorkJust in case you've forgotten who we are!!
T H E F I V E W A Y S T O W E L L B E I N GThe five ways to wellbeing are a set of five actions that individuals can do intheir everyday lives to improve wellbeing. They were researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation.
The five ways to help boostyour wellbeing are: takenotice, connect, give, beactive and keep learning. *call someone youhaven't seen for awhile* meet a friend- go fora coffee or a walk*spend a little time withsomeone who might needsome company *donate items to a charityor someone in need* drawing to music *choose some objects todraw, taking notice ofshapes, colour and texture *try a new hobby - e.g.knitting, crochet, painting*find some art tutorials onYouTube that are new toyou and give one a try*go for a walk, try thetexture activity*perhaps a little gardening?
Drawing can be such a relaxing activity but it can often be difficult to know whatto draw. To help you get started here are some prompts. Simply draw whateverthe word makes you think of. There is no right or wrong way to do this.You could work your way through the list and draw each day or pick the wordsyou like best. You could even do several different drawings of the same word.If you've enjoyed this activity do look out for the Inktober challenge online inOctober. www.inktober.comAnother exercise is to find an object you really like and draw it every day.Keep it a simple object to make it easier for yourself. You'll really get to knowit and your drawing will improve as you become more confident.WildNightHobbyOrnamentSurpriseBoxHighMillWalkBankHappyGiftHolidayAnimalPlantPartyFruitLetterSmellOpen Drawing exercisesRingRelaxHomeRoomNatureFireJuggleWidePalaceSafe**************************************
Mindful Walking Cube Listen to the sounds around you.Find five different surfacesto touch Look for five different objects of one colourFind somewhere to sit and see how many shapes you can seeFocus on your feet as you walkSmile at someone Trace or photocopy me, cut me out and make me into a cubethen take me on your walk, throwing me when you fancy it.
Blind drawingDraw a portrait looking only at the person and not at what you're drawing. Youcan use the image below or ask someone to sit for you. You can place your paperon your knees to help prevent yourself from peeking.
P A T T E R N R E P E A TA C T I V I T YFirst find an image you like Next, cut out your imageand place it under moretracing paper and trace it.Then move the image sothat part of the imagestouch and trace that.Repeat until your page iscovered.Now you can colour yourdesign to make your repeatpatternTrace the image andsimplify it to make the nextbit easier for you. If youdon't have tracing paperyou can use baking orgrease-proof paperAnd different repeats.If this has inspired you to domore these websites havemore designs.www.patternanddesign.comwww.printmag.comTry it with different images
Drawing to MusicExperiment with a variety of marks whilst listening to music. Try with differenttypes and speeds of music. See the example below for some inspiration.
Altered ArtworkSculptor and artist Richard Serra created a list of verbs (doing words) to inspire himto make work. Why not choose one or two and make some old artwork intosomething new? Or use one of the words as a starting point for new work.to rollto creaseto foldto bendto twistto crumpleto tearto suspendto cutto rotateto weaveto layerto splashto wrapto lightto gatherto scatterto simplifyto markto remove
You will need a page in your sketchbook or a piece of card to do this.What have you said to someone, or someone said to you that has beenencouraging and has really boosted confidence?It might be something like:"I am doing my best, and I am proud of myself.""You are blooming marvellous!""I don't have to be perfect, I just have to be me".....or a quote you really love. You can get more ideas from Pinterest. Lookfor Self Affirmation quotes.Encouragement CardsWrite the phrase you choose on your page. You could cut the words from a bookor magazine.Now decorate the page in delicious colours with collage or crayons.
Try making some collages. You could use the papers that have come with this zine,any magazines or newspapers, old art, junk that comes through the letter box oranything else to make some original art.Let's Do Some Collage!Collage: Sticking different materials on to a surface.Some Ideas:A previously undiscovered animalA faceA happy dayThat's Weird!In The GardenThe FutureA Faraway PlaceDo stick your collages in your sketch books and/or take a photo and tag us at#ArtatWorkNorwich
IngredientsPlain flour, 1 cupSalt, ½ a cup (the weights don't matter as long as the proportions are the same)Water, 1 cup (but you might not need it all)Food colouring or paints (optional)Varnish or PVA glue (very optional)Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl. If you’re using food colouring, add it.Add the water, a little at a time, mixing in constantly, until it's a soft, pliablemass. If the dough is too sticky, you may need to add a little extra flour. If it’s too dry,some more water may be needed. Knead the dough out well with your hands, until it’s nice and smooth.Model away! Household items like cookie-cutters, a butterknife, or oldtoothbrush can be used as tools to help shape and texture your pieces.Dough can be stored in an airtight container. It keeps longest in the fridge.Bake your creations at a low temperature for 2-3 hours. For most ovens, thiswill be between 120°C (about 250°F) and 180°C (about 356°F), and the exacttime will depend on size. They should be hard but just barely browning whenready. Leave to cool overnight before painting.If you want to maximise the lifetime of your pieces, you can seal them bypainting their surfaces with varnish orSteps PVA glue after they have fully dried.Salt doughA simple alternative to clay or Plasticene for making models at home.We'd really love to see whatyou make! If you're on socialmedia, it would be nice if youcould take a photo and tag usat #ArtatWorkNorwich
S E C R E T M I N ID R A W I N G STo make your template cuta 7cm square of card andcut it out.I chose close ups offlowers and leaves to draw.You going to hide them sodon't worry what they looklike!make nine envelopes outof collage paper. Fold upthe three bottom sides andstick together to make yourenvelopes. Glue onto yourpaper. Pop your mini drawingsinto your mini envelopes!Cut them out.Cut out nine 4cm papersquares for your tinydrawings.
R E P E T I T I O N I NC O L L A G EFind a simple image thatyou like from a magazine.Make sure you can tellwhat it is from the silhoetteCut outI cut out lots of differentshapes and play arounduntil you find a design youlike. Stick down with yourglue stick.Trace around it. I usedbaking paper.Or stick on top of eachother to create a 3D effect.You could also use thenegative spaces left overfrom cutting out!Stick on some card and cutout.. This is your template.
T E X T U R E W A L KGo for a walk. outside, inyour garden or at home Draw the basic shapesand textures of yourimages onto therectangles using a pencil.Start by adding whitetones to your image. Take nine photos oftextures you find. printthem out on one page orlook at them on yourphone. Close upNext add dark tones toyour image,squinting youreyes helps to pick themout.Use your watercolourpencils or paint to roughlypaint nine rectangles. Leaveto dry. Use any mid-tonecolours you like(not too lightor dark).
Poetry CornerPoetry comes in many different forms and has been used for centuries forexpressing emotion. Poems can be helpful when life is difficult. The followingpages explore some ways you might use poetry mindfully. Illustrating poems thatyou know can be a good way to use them as reminders or to think about themmore deeply.Here is an example of how you might illustrate a poem:Do you have a favourite poem? Could you share it with a friend and send it on thepostcard to brighten their day? or use this prompt to find a new poem or two torecord in your sketchbook? If you feel inspired why not make some drawings to go with it or use one of theothers in this pack to help you find something to draw.
Now you have a go. Can you illustrate this poem? You could decorate thispoem as a reminder that no emotion is permanent and will come and go justas these guests do? The Guest House PoemThis being human is a guest house.Every morning a new arrival.A joy, a depression, a meanness,some momentary awareness comesas an unexpected visitor.Welcome and entertain them all!Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,who violently sweep your houseempty of its furniture,still, treat each guest honourably.He may be clearing you outfor some new delight.The dark thought, the shame, the malice.meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.Be grateful for whatever comes.because each has been sentas a guide from beyond.By Rumi, 13th Century Poet
Haiku is an ancient form of poetry that uses words or syllables in a 5, 7, 5 pattern;that is five words or syllables on the first line, seven on the second line and fiveon the final line. Being mindful of our experience can turn the ordinary intosomething extra special just through our awareness. Here are some examples of Haiku’s, they have been written from the person’sobservation or love of nature that has been experienced or observed. Oak by Caren KrutsingerMysterious oakwith her sparkling twinkling leavessprung from an acorn Butterflies by Paula GoldsmithPretty butterflies wings painted many colours fly to each flower Walking along the Seashore by Paul Holmes Picking up pebblesOr seashells strewn on soft sandPure relaxation. Ants by unknownBusy little antsDoing work for their kingdomMarching like soldiers.Now you have seen how it works, can you write your own? If that's too much ofa challenge maybe you could illustrate your favourite haiku from the examplesabove or find one online that particularly speaks to you?
C O L L E C T I O N SThink of a theme (Ichose nature) and makea collection of objectsfrom your home, gardenor from a walk Now zoom into your pictureto create an abstractpicture and draw or trace it.You can colour it in andstop there OR...........I made mine into a simpleprinting block using somethin, craft foam. Apolystyrene pizza baseworks well too. To do thisdraw your design using apen making an indentation.Try not to press too hardand go through the baseMake several differentarrangements of yourcollection and photographthem OR make a simpleline drawing your favourite Now take some acrylicpaint mixed with a verysmall amount of cooking oilto help keep it wet longerand paint a layer over thefoam. Then print into yoursketch bookUsing corrugatedcardboard (I used a pieceof a box) cut out a piece asbig as the foam plus twosmall pieces for a handle.Glue the two handle piecestogether then glue on to thecardboard. Now glue on thefoam (PVA works well)
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A B S T R A C T W A L KA C T I V I T YChoose a theme. Thiscould be a colour, letter,shape etc. Then go for awalk, (this can be aroundyour garden or home if youare shielding) and takeabout 6 different photos ofyour theme Rearrange the pieces tomake an abstract picture ofyour walkNow trace over yourpicture and using someartistic licence join thelines between each cutup piece. If you are usingany lettering it will end upback to frontMake small, simple linedrawings of your photosOR print them (make themsmall to fit into your sketchbook when they arerearranged). then cut eachone into four piecesIf you wanted to you couldcolour it in, make it into atextile piece or use it for aprinting designNext retrace your pictureinto your sketch book. if itdoesn't fit onto one pageyou can do it over two orjust use a piece of yourpicture
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Let's put a smile on people's faces by decorating a rock or pebbleand placing it where others might find. You don't have to draw apicture, just some nice words will do. You can use sharpies, paintsor use up all your old nail varnish! Just enjoy and have FUN!Pebble decoratingPlease put #artatworknorwichrocks on the back so it can be linked toour Instagram account and we can see where the rocks turn up!
Let's spread a little kindness to others by tracing and decorating the template at thebottom and writing a little piece of happiness on it. Then when we go for a walk leave it on a ledge or hang on tree branches or posts, soyou can cheer someone up. Make one for yourself too and you never know, you mightjust find one someone else has done.... Compassion Leaves
A Big Thankyou!We want to say a big thank you to the Norfolk CommunityFoundation for funding this project. It wouldn't havehappened without you. This magazine was co-produced by the women from ourarts and wellbeing group and what a beautiful job theyhave done! Thank you Sarah Streeter, Alison Howe, Rachel Dorling,Tracey Hartnell, Rita Schuiling, Tracy Riches, AnneMcCrudden, Jennifer Macdonald, and our wonderfulvolunteers Janine Warren and Melanie Sumner.Melanie and Holly