Create to Connect – Art Inspired by Dance

Date of event: 11 May 2021 Event start time: 1:30pm - Event end time: 3:00pm

Location: Online

Dancer wearing a sculpted headdress

A free, online creative workshop for people aged 55+. Create art inspired by dance in this fun, uplifting and interactive workshop with artists Lorna Carmen McNeill & Luke Brown.

Ahead of the workshop, you will be sent a guided meditation exploring a natural theme. The session will begin with movement, mindfulness and breathing exercises to get you relaxed. We will then watch a beautiful nature themed dance performance by Luke. He will be wearing a headdress sculpture created by Lorna.

For the rest of session, you will be encouraged and supported to make art that captures your emotional response to the performance. To do this, we will experiment with a range of techniques including painting, drawing, collage and printing. At the end of the workshop, you will have the chance to share your work with group. We will discuss what creative activities have helped our wellbeing during pandemic.

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 art
  • Connect with new people 
  • Take part in relaxing creative activities as part of a group
  • Go on a creative journey taking inspiration from dance and performances

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

This workshop series will involve experimenting with a range of messy arts materials. Ahead of the session we will send you a list of the specific material you’ll need to get ready. Over the series they will include:

  • A plastic cover for your working area
  • Items collected from nature (Leaves, dried flower heads and stalks, dried grasses, Feathers, Twigs, pine cones, stones)
  • Paints and marker pen (anything that you already have)
  • Thick A3 cartridge paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Fineliner pens or biros
  • Coloured pencils
  • Sharpener
  • An eraser
  • Newspaper
  • Paper towels or toilet paper

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

About the artists

Arts Medicine Lab was founded by Lorna Carmen McNeill in 2021. It is a platform for experimental collaborations and workshops across multiple art forms. These include visual art, sound, voice, music, movement, dance and words. It fosters a dialogue between different art practices to cultivate improved health, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Arts Medicine Lab works to achieve transformative and immersive experiences to enable deeper connection, meaning, peace, expression and joy.  

Lorna Carmen McNeill

Lorna Carmen McNeill is a multi-media artist and an experienced teacher.  Her artwork and approach to running workshops is immersive and experiential to inspire people to feel more connected, achieve positive personal and societal transformation, improve well-being, and soothe the human soul. She originally trained and practised as a Clinical Nutritionist and behaviour change agent within the NHS, community, research and the private sector.

Luke Brown

Luke Brown is a highly creative artist who creates emotionally charged and accessible performances that combine dance, text, storytelling and striking set design. Luke has run numerous workshops and worked collaboratively with a wide variety of artists, audiences and participants through a playful and whole hearted approach to self-discovery. His friendly and welcoming approach enables him to encourage brave creative thinking.

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.