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Hey everyone! 
 
I’m Heather, and I work at Ingestre Arts as the Visual Art Tutor, where usually, I’m up to my elbows in paint, paper and general arty-ness, happily beavering away with groups of children in the Art Studio. With us all being sent home to work, I decided to come up with some weekly ideas for you all to have a go at, at home, and so the “Stay Creative” packs were born! 
It was really important to me that everyone should be able to try these activities - I’m a firm believer in you all having an inner Artist, you just need to find it! So the ideas you’ll find in the packs are quite simple, need minimal equipment but are super-effective (kind of the mantra I live by in the Art Studio - if it’s simple and effective, everyone’s happy.) 
"I never really had many art materials at home, apart from the basics needed for homework and crafty projects" 

Materials 

Firstly, the materials: I was, and still am, one of those mothers who didn’t really do arty activities at home with my children when they were little (I KNOW! Who’d have thought?!). Maybe it was because I did art all day every day at school, or maybe I preferred the mess to stay at school, but as a result, I never really had many art materials at home, apart from the basics needed for homework and crafty projects. So the Stay Creative packs had to be accessible to everyone, especially those who don’t have the whole of Hobbycraft in their cupboards, like me. The activities then, only use things you’ll be able to find at home, or at least you’d have anyway because of doing homework. 

Ability 

Secondly, your ability - I can’t teach you to be the next Michelangelo remotely. I probably couldn’t do it even if you were sat right next to me, because I’m not that brilliant! But, these activities are all about refining the skills you already have; cutting out, sticking, thinking creatively and so on, so don’t worry if your results aren’t “good”. If you like it, great. If someone else likes it, even better, but don’t be too bothered about what other folk think - who are they, you or I to judge what’s “good”? (That’s good for general thinking too, while we’re on the subject!) Remember if it is the first time you’ve tried it, you’re bound to make mistakes - it’s creativity which helps you work out which ones to keep. 
Each week you’ll find a variety of things to make; some take a while, others are quite quick, but all of them are achievable and open to your own interpretation, after all, that’s what being creative is all about. 
 
Switch off from the world. 
I’ve found that doing the activities has helped me to switch off from the worrying world we’re living in at the moment. There's no doubt that it is one of the most challenging times I’ve lived through, but we will get through it. I began Lockdown by listening to every news report and having the radio on for every single update. I’ve decided to let that go now. I listen once a day for the main points, scroll past, or ignore. I watch the news at night, but that’s it. My speaker and some happy tunes while I create are the way forward; I’m trying not to stress too much about whether my children are dressed (who is?! I LOVE my pyjamas!) but I am concentrating on keeping safe, keeping healthy and keeping ourselves to ourselves. So, apart from a wander through the fields, a check on the neighbours and lots of video calling friends and family, we’re at home, missing everyone terribly, but at home. It’s never been more important. 

Download the packs 

I’m just loving seeing all of your creations and interpretations; don’t forget to use the hashtag #SRESatHome when you show off your brilliant makes.  
 
Check back each week as we update this, and do have a look at our Facebook page for other updates.. 

And finally... 

It goes without saying that I miss being at Ingestre in my studio, helping young people to be creative and find their inner artist, but at least by creating these activities I still feel like I’m inspiring and helping you to find that artistic streak that I know you all have inside. 
 
I’m sure, if you know me, or you’ve visited Ingestre, you’ll be imagining me saying this to you out loud, so don’t forget that part of the activity is the tidying up afterwards - try not to drown a paintbrush, or ruin its hairdo, and remember that there are no fairies who come along and clear up after you... 
 
... they’re much too busy checking under pillows for teeth to do that! 
Stay Creative, 
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On 28th April 2020 at 15:00, Doreen Witt wrote:
I really enjoyed reading your blog Heather and found it very interesting . Im not very arty at all but i do buy lots of art stuff in for my grandchildren and encourage them to be and they love it
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