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An intro to Graphic Recording

4:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
DY1 Venue
Stafford Street
Dudley, DY1 1RT GB

Have you ever sat in a meeting and then come out feeling that you have not understood any of it. Graphic facilitation is a way of creating meeting minutes in a creative and fun way. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE ABLE TO DRAW

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
Chocolate
Paper
Pens
share your skills and run your own class

About the teacher, Rachael

I am a creative and outstanding individual who uses art as a way of de-stressing, understanding and clarifying information. I will share my story with you, be prepared to come out of the session wanting to learn more!

Clucks corner

5:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.
DY1 Venue
Stafford Street
Dudley, DY1 1RT GB

Keeping Chickens is one of life's pleasures! The difference in freshness and quality beats shop bought eggs by a long way and the pleasure in seeing a group of hens scratching around the garden providing you with a daily dose of amusement as well as organic bug control makes them so worth while. So come along, meet some chucks and find out how easy it is to have chickens in your life!

Bring one of the following:
Art
Blueberries (chickens love them!)
Local photos
Potted herbs
Seeds

About the teacher, Karl Denning

My family has been baking bread for over 120 years, my great-grandfather was a master baker. I live in Dudley with my family, guide dog and 9 chickens!

The Dude Do Dudley

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
DY1 Venue
Stafford Street
Dudley, DY1 1RT GB

This workshop is about using photography and creative tools to capture the beauty of cities and its people. Help me send ‘The dudes’ on an adventure around Dudley to complete creative challenges and start your own adventure.

Bring one of the following:
A smile
A surprise item
Help me pass out some flyers
Run a Trade School Class
Wood

About the teacher, Jane

I learnt to crochet from my grandmother when I was about 7 years old and have found it a relaxing and satisfying hobby ever since. It grows fast and therefore suits my impatient nature. The recent craze in crafting and the popularity of crochet in particular has meant that I am fashionable at long last – that’s a first! I have a lifelong love of all things handmade which I am now indulging in retirement.

Calamity Clangers!

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
DY1 Venue
Stafford Street
Dudley, DY1 1RT GB

Come along join in with others to create something simple yet beautiful! You will be performing well known songs with chimes, learning about timing, and test out your hand to eye coordination, understand happy and sad cords and pitch.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise item
An Instrument
Chocolate
Flat search help
New Harry Potter Book

About the teacher, Max

I am a keen musician who can play almost anything! I am accomplished in a few instruments and love sharing my knowledge with others and helping people work as a team through conducting them to create simple yet lovely music.

Demystify crochet

4:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
DY1 Venue
Stafford Street
Dudley, DY1 1RT GB

If you’ve looked at the crochet magazines in shops and thought it looks too hard for you or you’ve managed a row of chain stitch but it all goes downhill after that then come along and let me demystify crochet for you. It really is easy once you have the knack. We will try to produce a basic ‘granny square’ which can be the start of so many projects. I will provide all you need to give it a go.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise item
Any vintage linen items
Good but old men’s shirts (clean please!)
Interesting buttons
Wool

About the teacher, Jane

I learnt to crochet from my grandmother when I was about 7 years old and have been ‘hooked’ ever since! The recent craze in crafting and the popularity of crochet in particular has meant that I am fashionable – that’s a first! I am a ‘mature’ lady with a lifetime love of all things ‘handmade’ who has now arrived at a stage in my life where I have the time to indulge in this pleasure. I love trying new things and like to share the things I have learnt and learn new skills from others.

Hooked on Crochet

4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY GB

If you’re a novice to crochet or have the basics but want to improve come along and get ‘hooked’ like me. Starting with the basic chain stitch I will provide all you need to give it a go and bring along some books to inspire you to learn more.

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a trade school class
any sort of fruit
cotton or embroidery thread
interesting buttons
Odds and ends of wool

About the teacher, Jane

I learnt to crochet from my grandmother when I was about 7 years old and have found it a relaxing and satisfying hobby ever since. It grows fast and therefore suits my impatient nature. The recent craze in crafting and the popularity of crochet in particular has meant that I am fashionable at long last – that’s a first! I have a lifelong love of all things handmade which I am now indulging in retirement.

Operation UP-Cycle

6:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY GB

The UP-Cycle Shop wants to make positivity profitable. Santa used elves to help build toys and the UP-Cycle Shop needs helpers to create unique art pieces, using recycled materials. I’m going to share with you some basic UP-Cycling ideas on how to make a variety of wooden craft items. The UP-Cycle Shop and needs some help to make: Boxes and planters Signs and plaques Small craft items like mini Christmas tress and recycled snow globes If you would like to try something new, build, paint, stencil, glue and just create, this is the session for you. The UP-Shop acts as a fund generating store that sells positive products to generate funds for youth and community projects. On the 10 December we have craft stall at Dudley Christmas market, this is where we will sell some of the products made during the trade school session.

Bring one of the following:
A random item from that random draw in your house where you just randomly throw things in every now and again…. My mom calls it the useful draw.
An offer to teach a trade school class
Dust masks, you can never have enough dust masks
Inspiration, I am a man on a mission to inspire the world, if you can bring me something that will inspire me, that could be the best barter item I could ever wish for. Quotes, painting, poems, it’s all good.
Sand paper, working with wood = a lot of sanding, I know that people always have a random sheet here or there in the house from their old DIY projects, why not put it to a good use.
Screws, bolts, nails, old hinges and size and style, they always come in handy when your making random things

About the teacher, Lorna Prescott

I am The UP-Cycle Guy on a mission to build an empire of positivity, I’m using recycled materials to make positive products and then selling them to generate funding for The Inspirational Network, my organisation that uses art as a tool to inspire people to be more creative. I am the curator of Creative Connect exhibitions. I also wear funky Dudes on my shoes.

Bi Lingual Lingo!

12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY GB

Learn how to say some simple friendly helpful phrases in English and Polish! Wouldn't it be lovely if we could just say a few phases like Hello, how are you, my name is... thank you or good buy to someone who speaks a different language to you.

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a trade school class
Anything useful for a Moped owner
Dairy milk
Four stroke bike oil 10w40
Gather Hot Chocolate
Polish or English food

About the teacher, Kerry

Kerry is amazing! She grows, makes, knits and has recently learned how to crochet! Kerry's crotching skills were limited until she met Heather at the crafternoon sessions and now Kerry's confidence is growing Join Kerry, Heather and the Crafternoon crew for a creative afternoon

Festive folding

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY GB

I love handmade Christmas decorations and we will use simple paper-folding techniques to create Christmas tree or floral table decorations using old paperback books. These can then be decorated to match your own Christmas colour scheme. A great activity to do with children – but make sure you have rules about which books they are allowed to use!

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a trade school class
any sort of fruit
cotton or embroidery thread
interesting buttons
odds and ends of wool
Old and interesting books

About the teacher, Jane Clarke

I have a lifelong love of all things handmade which I am now indulging in retirement. I live in Halesowen. I love making things and being a bit creative.

Christmas Crafternoon!

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY GB

Get that festive feeling with these Christmas crafts that anyone can do and are lovely to share! Make your own candy cane Rudolph or Magic Reindeer food! Make sure that Santa's reindeer pay you a visit this Christmas by sprinkling some of this special Reindeer Food Sprinkle on your lawn or by your front door! Fun for kids to make for themselves or to give to friends.

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a trade school class
Brown paper
Brown Wool
Candy Canes
googley eyes or little red noses
Small sticks or twigs

About the teacher, Kerry

Kerry is amazing! She grows, makes, knits and has recently learned how to crochet! Kerry's crotching skills were limited until she met Heather at the crafternoon sessions and now Kerry's confidence is growing Join Kerry, Heather and the Crafternoon crew for a creative afternoon

Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY GB

Ever been confused by works of art? Starting with Modern Art, which is often portrayed as ‘difficult to understand’, we will discuss the language of art and the differences between looking, seeing and perceiving. Don’t be put off by other people’s opinions or the weighty articles of academics! There is no right or wrong way of seeing. With acknowledgements to the many people who have investigated this subject with more understanding and vision than me!!! Join us to step towards a clearer understanding of what we are looking at and ‘seeing’ when we look at ‘works of art’.

Bring one of the following:
A notebook to put down your thoughts to review later
A pebble
An offer to teach a trade school class
An old brick
An old rusty bit of something
If you like, bring an example of a work you ‘don’t understand’

About the teacher, Janet

Janet was born and lives in Dudley. A graduate of Chelsea School of Art, she has worked with people of all ages to facilitate learning about Art, in schools, colleges /adult education and voluntary sector workshops (from Oh! in Bethnal Green to Edinburgh College of Art). Has long ago come to the conclusion that art can’t be ‘taught’! (But people can be helped to see for themselves).

Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY GB

Learn how to grow your own food without buying anything, and without any digging. You don’t need a greenhouse, or even a garden! This class is ideal for people who have never tried growing food before, or tried and it went wrong. Learn about the best things to grow, when to grow them, and what to do about soil, sun and shade. In this class you'll plan your own growing calendar and take away a starter kit with seeds.

Bring one of the following:
A brick
A pebble
A postcard with a picture on
An offer to Teach a Trade School class yourself
An old rusty bit of something
String

About the teacher, Janet Armstrong

I was born in Dudley and live in Dudley. I am a lifelong keen amateur gardener. I learned growing from my Dad when I was young, and picked up gardening skills through trial and error. I am a graduate of Chelsea School of Art, and have worked with people of all ages to facilitate learning about Art, in schools, colleges /adult education and voluntary sector workshops (from Oh! in Bethnal Green to Edinburgh College of Art).

Textile art

3:30p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY GB

A chance to rag rug, crochet, stitch or stick. Beginners welcome. We will each create a square of textile art to contribute to a finished piece to hang in gather.

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Buttons
Fabric scraps
Wool

About the teacher, Jane Clarke

I have a lifelong love of all things handmade which I am now indulging in retirement. I live in Halesowen. I love making things and being a bit creative.

Breadmaking for beginners

5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY GB

Learn a simple way to make either yeasted bread or sourdough bread. One of life’s skills that seems to have gone out of fashion. Baking your own bread is the healthiest way of eating bread. Mix and knead the dough, have a cup of coffee, knock it back, and take it home to bake.

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
A surprise
Anything homemade or handmade
Plants or herbs
Seeds for cooking e.g. poppy seeds, sesame seeds
Vegetable seeds for growing

About the teacher, Karl Denning

My family has been baking bread for over 120 years, my great-grandfather was a master baker. I live in Dudley with my family, guide dog and 9 chickens!

Free Motion Machine Embroidery

10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY GB

Have a go at writing/drawing/colouring with a sewing machine. No experience necessary, just a willingness to try something new and exciting. The only limitation is your imagination. It's great fun!

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Bits of fabric
Cotton

About the teacher, Cath Leadbeater

My name is Catherine - everyone calls me Cath. I've been a dressmaker/crafter for over 40 years and still love it. I get excited at trying new ideas and find conversations with people are where I get my best ideas - and yes I talk a lot! I run Tandem Crafts at the Red House Glass Cone with my sister (and partner) Ann, this is a new venture for us both and have only been here since August 2016 but loving every minute.

Make your own Seed Bombs

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY GB

Sow wildflowers, not war! In this hands-on trade school, Wayne leads us through how to make seeds bombs out of ordinary clay and wildflower-seeds. Once dry, these can be lobbed onto unloved plots of land. Let nature do her thing, and watch a riot of colour appear

Bring one of the following:
A joke
A notebook
A surprise
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Something recycled/upcycled/re-used
Something to eat

About the teacher, Wayne Trevor

I am a co-founder of the Open Orchard Project, which connects communities through fruit and planting fruit trees in public places, and a passionate grower at home and in community gardens. I've spent almost a decade working and volunteering in the third sector promoting equality, protection of the natural environment and more recently in and around the food system.

An introduction to sign language

4:00p.m. to 5:30p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY GB

Have you always been interested in sign language? In this class you will get an overview of the underpinning basics of British Sign Language (BSL). We’ll go through such things as finger spelling, basic everyday signs, numbers and lots more.

Bring one of the following:
A piece of fruit (but not banana!)
A surprise
An interesting book to read
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Anything homemade or handmade
Interesting tea

About the teacher, Siobhan Michaels

I leaned British Sign Language a couple of years ago because I was curious about it. It’s opened my eyes to the challenges deaf people may encounter in their day to day lives. I grew up in Sedgley, I live in Dudley now. I’m also a sci-fi geek.

Operation Paste-UP

5:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY GB

We are going to make street art posters. we will design a character or symbol, blow it up bigger size, draw it onto poster paper, give it colour with watered down acrylic, cut it out and then go an paste it up somewhere.

Bring one of the following:
Left over paint (e.g. half tins)
A random item from that random draw in your house where you just randomly throw things in every now and again…. My mom calls it the useful draw.
An offer to help out for an hour in the UP-Cycle workshop
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Screws, nails, bolts, hinges etc.
Wood

About the teacher, Lorna Prescott

I am The UP-Cycle Guy on a mission to build an empire of positivity, I’m using recycled materials to make positive products and then selling them to generate funding for The Inspirational Network, my organisation that uses art as a tool to inspire people to be more creative. I am the curator of Creative Connect exhibitions. I also wear funky Dudes on my shoes.

An introduction to Spanish

6:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY GB

Learn some basic phrases and words, and some idioms. We will translate a Spanish song and learn to sing it together. If you have a Spanish guitar you can play, or any Spanish music on vinyl, bring it along to use in the class.

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Chocolate
Fruit
Rock and Roll or swing on vinyl

About the teacher, Lorna Prescott

I am a Turkish girl living in Dudley, somehow speaking Spanish! I have lived and studied in Spain, and travelled around much of Europe. I would like to trade skills and meet new people.

Odd Socks

2:00p.m. to 3:30p.m.
Hasbury Community Centre
Wall Well
Halesowen GB

Make fun and friendly creatures from odd socks.

Bring one of the following:
A ball of wool
A piece of lace
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Old buttons
Socks (new or odd)

About the teacher, Jane Clarke

I have a lifelong love of all things handmade which I am now indulging in retirement. I live in Halesowen. I love making things and being a bit creative.

Tote bags!

10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY GB

Learn how to make your own tote bag from recycled materials. Rick will inspire you with his handmade creations, and invite you to create a bag that you can take home. Materials and sewing equipment will be provided.

Bring one of the following:
A poem
A postcard with what you love about Dudley written on it
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Any Dudley merchandise
Vegetables
Yoga moves

About the teacher, Rick Sanders

Rick lives in Stourbridge. He is a performance poet, project manager, recycled bag maker and radio presenter for grassroots poetry at Brum Radio. Rick is co-host of Dudley's Grande Slam, a monthly poetry event at Cafe Grande on Stone Street in Dudley.

Beading and bracelet making

1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Hasbury Community Centre
Wall Well
Halesowen GB

Join in and have a go making some simple but pretty Bracelets with Sarah & Susie. Can be fiddly but not difficult. Good excercise for the hands & brain.

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Crafting or art resources
Offcuts of fabric
Old jewellery and beads we can recycle
Small toiletry items
Used or new complete jigsaws

About the teacher, Sarah and Suzie

Sarah is retired & a keen supporter of Halas Homes & thier Community Cafe, Coffee Cups, Thornhill Road, Halesowen. Susie is a resident of Halas Homes & volunteers in the Café.

Hasbury Community Centre
Wall Well
Halesowen GB

We be getting creative and making a 6x6” card and a gift box. The design will be cupcakes.

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Cardstock
Chocolate
Seeds or bedding plants
Sweets

About the teacher, Libby

I have been making cards and gift boxes for over 10 years.

Juggling For Absolute Beginners

4:30p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY GB

Anyone can learn to juggle, the main thing you need is motivation and some simple instruction. Jackie and Martin will take you through the basics. Please bring 3 balls to juggle with, along with your barter item.

Bring one of the following:
A bookmark
A promise to teach someone else to juggle
A second hand book
A second hand DVD
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Sweets

About the teacher, Jackie and Martin Simcox

We are lucky enough to have taken early retirement and are now part of the "idle poor".

Creating Fabric Prints

2:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Hasbury Community Centre
Wall Well
Halesowen GB

We will print onto fabric with foam, wooden blocks and stencils using acrylic inks and fabric medium to create pieces which can form the basis for embellishment with ribbon, embroidery silks and found materials. The finished items could be wall hanging or made into bags, journal covers or other decorative items.

Bring one of the following:
A notebook
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Fabric
Old picture frames
Paper

About the teacher, Anne Stellinga

Anne is a local Halesowen resident and artist. Having been a college lecturer for 35 years since her retirement she has done a diploma in Textiles and regularly runs workshops on art and textiles and exhibits her work widely.

Get Washi Tape Crafty

3:30p.m. to 4:30p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY GB

Design and decorate your own washi tape keepsake tin that can been used for make up brushes, pencils, herbs, cutlery etc. Containers and tape will be provided.

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Buttons
Fabric scraps
Loose leaf tea (English Breakfast)
Ribbons

About the teacher, Victoria Myatt

Victoria loves arts and crafts and sewing. She lives in Dudley with her husband and two cats. She’s also a keen grower and likes to reuse or upcycle anything she can find.

An Introduction to sign language

5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.
Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY GB

Have you always been interested in sign language? In this class you will get an overview of the underpinning basics of British Sign Language (BSL). We’ll go through such things as finger spelling, basic everyday signs, numbers and lots more.

Bring one of the following:
A notebook
A piece of fruit (but not banana!)
A surprise
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Anything homemade or handmade
Interesting tea

About the teacher, Siobhan Michaels

I leaned British Sign Language a couple of years ago because I was curious about it. It’s opened my eyes to the challenges deaf people may encounter in their day to day lives. I grew up in Sedgley, I live in Dudley now. I’m also a sci-fi geek.

Gather
65, High St
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1PY GB

In this class you will be introduced to simple painting techniques, ways of looking and creating art. Andy will help you to get over the fear of having a go, this will be a safe space to try things out. You can bring a photo or picture you’d like to paint to some or all of - a favourite view or place. Or you can also bring objects you’d like to paint.

Bring one of the following:
a bottle of (not weak) beer or red wine
a herb plant
a tomato plant
art paper
teach a trade school class yourself

About the teacher, Andy Wright

I have worked as an artist in my spare time for over thirty years. Focussing mainly on landscapes but also producing portraits in charcoal on occasions, I am entirely self-taught. Since being "professionally retired" in the spring of 2016, I have been able to devote more time to what was never a hobby, or a fleeting passion; more a way of life.

Spin Painting

1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Hasbury Community Centre
Wall Well
Halesowen GB

In this class you will create small unique paintings by manipulating paint across a surface using a centrifuge machine. You can take your own original work home framed in cardboard mount.

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself

About the teacher, Students of The Oaks Project

The Oaks project is a facility for Adults with a Learning Disability who are actively and robustly encouraged to empower themselves by engaging in a diverse range of creative processes. These include painting, pottery, slip cast moulding, T shirt printing and picture framing.

Creative Stitch

2:30p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Hasbury Community Centre
Wall Well
Halesowen GB

Using prints created in the 'Creating Fabric Prints' Trade School class on Wednesday, we will make a decorative garden wall hanging for the Community Centre. Embroider or embellish with buttons, beads and bows.

Bring one of the following:
An offer to teach a Trade School class yourself
Bits of lace
Fruit
Nice tea bags
Odds and ends of fabric
Wool

About the teacher, Jane Clarke

We are enthusiasts of all things handmade and love to share our skills and ideas.