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Friday, July 18, 2014

Chapel Gallery summer fun activities for children and all the family start on Tuesday 29 July

Children and families can have a fantastic time at the Chapel Gallery this summer with the superb range of arts activities on offer. These include family friendly events, workshops for those aged five and over and specialist workshops for those aged 8 and above.

The Gallery has teamed up with Creation Station to offer a series of workshops during the school holidays and The Art Centre at Edge Hill University where there will be a  performing arts school in August. Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “Chapel Gallery summer holiday activities are a great way for the children to have fun and learn new skills, so sign up for a workshop today.”

The creative workshops are for children aged five and over. The first of these, entitled Me, Myself and I, is on Tuesday 29 July, when children can create a life-sized portrait using big paper and big ideas, plus a small sculpture of their hands using plaster of Paris.

At Papermania 1 on Wednesday 30 July the youngsters can create their own paper maché figures and sculptures. They can then take them home to finish or come back and finish them off at Papermania 2 on Tuesday 5 August where they can learn some new paper skills and techniques.

There are further workshops throughout August, with the last one being Back to School on Wednesday 27 August when children can decorate things they use for school like bags and pencil cases using fabric pens and paints.

The family activity room will be open every Saturday throughout the school summer holidays. There are also family workshops on some weekdays for adults and children aged between two and eight. The first takes place on Friday 8 August and is called Flights of Fancy. Participants can create their own aeroplanes, rockets and air balloons using lolly sticks and clothes pegs. There will also be a sewing activity making felt birds.

For children aged eight and older there are specialist workshops on Tuesday 19 August and Wednesday 20 August where they can learn to build a den. They can also learn how to glaze transfers onto ceramics on Friday 15 August. These sessions are facilitated by local artists, and professional tuition is included. Children aged between eight and 16 can learn how to make a play in a week at the Performing Arts Summer School between Monday 18 August and Friday 22 August. The Gallery is running the summer school in partnership with The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University.

For a full line up of events and more details, including times and costs for each workshop, please visit Chapel Gallery or pick up a programme form the Chapel Gallery. To book places please call the gallery on 01695 571328 or email chapel.gallery@westlancs.gov.uk.

To book a place on the Performing Arts Summer School, and to find out about costs, please contact The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University on 01695 584480.

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