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On-line Art Workshops with Shelley

Weekly on-line 1 hour art workshops with practical group activities such as drawing, painting, clay sculptures, collage.

Art has the potential to inspire, promote wellbeing and team building. Working in a group, even though online can bring a feeling of being connected, learning from others and exploring individual creativity.

The emphasis will be placed on simple, fun projects with the scope for individual flair, broken down into easy to follow steps. Aimed at all levels of ability.
Art/ craft material requirements to be emailed to participants beforehand with links to online shops. The materials will be easy to find and safe to use.
Examples –

Example 1 : Two-Weeks Vase/ Plant Pot Making Workshop – using air drying modelling clay and acrylic paint
Week 1 – participants will use clay to model a small vase or plant pot after visual examples and a demonstration, to be made in the workshop with advice from Shelley and feedback from the group. The objects will be left to dry thoroughly until the following week.
Week 2 – we will paint/ decorate the vases/ pots and have a finished piece.


Example 2 : One-Week Group Collage Workshop to encourage team bonding
A picture is broken down into squares of the number of participants and emailed to each person to print beforehand. In the workshop participants colour in/ paint their individual square with ideas and advice on how to use the materials from Shelley. The squares will then be photographed and
placed together to reveal the bigger picture.

The sessions will be led by Shelley Hopkins.

From 2000 to 2013, Shelley was a Support Worker, Activity Development Worker, Craft Group Volunteer and Art Teacher.
These various roles in social care environments involved working with clients holistically and delivering quality activities to clients. Shelley ran various groups including art, creative writing, filmmaking and photography and coordinated many projects which led to exhibitions, spoken word/ art events, a performance at the Old Vic and the publication of an art/ poetry magazine which is still running today. Shelley linked in with major galleries and their Education Department at the Tate Modern, V & A, ICA and the Soane’s Museum etc.Shelley also continues to enjoy life drawing, model making and photography.

In parallel, Shelley is also a filmmaker and video editor, specialising in experimental films, art videos and music videos. She has collaborated with musicians including The Heavy North, The Cheating Hearts and Carly Paradis.

Her Qualifications
BA (Hons) Fine Art (Sculpture)
MA Psychoanalytic Studies. The emphasis on this degree was on ‘the gaze’ and the relation of theory to film and fine art

Training and CPD courses : Various courses in :

  • Pottery, model making, life drawing, filmmaking,
  • Art and meditation and mindfulness,
  • Health and Safety, Risk Assessment, Equality at Work, First Aid,
  • Specialist training in Mental Health and Substance Use,
  • Training the Trainer, Motivational Interviewing, Assertiveness Skills.