Create to Connect – Armchair Gallery at Mr Straws House

Date of event: 22 Apr 2021 Event start time: 11:00am - Event end time: 12:30pm

Location: Online

Mr Straws House

A free, online creative workshop for people aged 55+. Join artist Elaine Winter for a fun workshop where we’ll take inspiration from the collection at Mr Straws House.

Take inspiration from the cultural venues featured on City Arts’ Armchair Gallery app. Following a virtual tour, artist Elaine will support you to make art based on the items and artefacts we discover. This is a great way to enjoy museums and galleries without leaving your home.

In this workshop, we will be looking at the collection at National Trust property, Mr Straws House. The modest semi-detached house has remained virtually unchanged since the Straws family moved there in 1923. For over 60 years they threw little away and chose to live without many of the modern comforts we take for granted today. Treasured possessions and ordinary domestic items can still be seen exactly where their owners left them.

There are 4 workshops in this series. We encourage you to book all four, however you can choose to attend just one. Each session will have a different focus. You do not need any previous experience of making art.

Why take part?

  • Learn new skills & experiment with drawing
  • Connect with new people
  • Share the experience of creating art and learning as part of a group
  • Go on a creative journey inspired by the collections of world-class museums and galleries
  • Find out how art can enhance your wellbeing

How it works

The workshop will take place over Zoom. You will join a small group of other participants. They are interactive sessions where you’ll have the chance to talk to the artist and other participants.

After you’ve signed up, we will send you a link to join the Zoom the meeting. You can join using a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. If you haven’t used Zoom before, let us know and we will help you get online.

What you’ll need

You do not need a tablet. We will be sharing the app on screen during the session. However, if you do have an iPad or Android tablet you can download the app. Follow the links here:

You will need a few basic arts materials that we hope you’ll have around your home. Please make sure you have these ready before joining the workshop:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener

If there are specialist materials needed, we will post them to you prior to the workshop.

About the artist

Elaine Winter is a Nottinghamshire based artist who studied at Chelsea College of Art & Design. She mixes traditional and experimental printmaking processes with other media.

She works as an arts educator throughout Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, is part of the team of artist practitioners at Inspire and is an Associate Artist at both Nottingham Lakeside Arts and New Art Exchange. She has experience of working with all ages from early years upwards and has worked with able and disabled adults, including those living with dementia and people receiving hospice care.

About Create to Connect

Create to Connect is a series of FREE online arts workshop from City Arts, for people aged 55+. Anyone can join, but we would especially like to support people who are shielding at home or missing contact with others.

Through creativity, the project will promote positive mental health and wellbeing. Sessions will teach you new skills, support you to access nature and help you keep physically and mentally active.