A colourful half term for artists

Artist Mike Cassidy (left) and Daniel Astbury of NW Baseline with some examples of artwork from a previous project.
Artist Mike Cassidy (left) and Daniel Astbury of NW Baseline with some examples of artwork from a previous project.
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HALF term is a colourful affair for budding artists in Blackpool.

A sculpture of a house is to be built in an empty shop building on Victoria Street – and young painters are invited along to show their creative talents.

The event is organised by social enterprise company NW Baseline and the aim is to allow young people some messy, school holiday fun.

But a big focus will also be on expressing feelings in an imaginative way when 20 young people pick up their paint brushes on Thursday

Michael Cassidy, workshop leader said: “Art is an important tool for letting people know how you are feeling and this will be a good way to express yourself.

“We’re really keen to get an insight into what young people feel, this can include things like exam pressure, work pressure or peer group pressure from friends.

“It would be great to get them excited about something other than Facebook and express themselves in new ways.”

The workshop on Thursday, called Express Yourself will take place at 67 Victoria Street between noon and 3pm and is free of charge

An earlier session was held yesterday where young people explored the use of colour.

Funding has come from the North West Therapy Centre on Abingdon Street – an organisation who provide counselling and a range of other therapies.

Michael added: “The workshop should be a great project.

“We’re using the house sculpture to represent how we feel and what we express.

“They’re not always the same thing, and it’s important young people know how to communicate their feelings.”

The sessions is for children aged 11 or older. Younger children can take part with a parent.

For further information contact Daniel on 0800 292 2514