Worcester Arts Workshop is opening its doors with a series of taster workshops and creative courses to celebrate the positive benefits of art on health and wellbeing.

World Health and Wellbeing week takes place during June and the city centre creative establishment is offering a variety of sessions in ceramics, painting and mixed media in a bid to encourage people to explore the benefits of art on health and wellbeing. 

Worcester Arts Workshop’s resident tutor Kay Mullet begins her weekly Care Ceramic CIC course on Wednesday 29 May. This workshop has been created for Adults with a Learning Disability who would like to experience and learn about pottery and art.  Participants are invited to come along, make some friends and have fun at this workshop run by experienced, qualified artist and social care worker Kay. 

Art Therapist Claire Hilton will be facilitating weekly Open Space Wellbeing Studio on Tuesdays from 4 June to 9 July. This group is aimed at individuals who have a mental health diagnosis, who live in supported living environments or those who are marginalised and isolated or suffering from depression or anxiety. This studio group will be a supported creative space to try out new materials, techniques and meet new people.

The Open Space Wellbeing sessions are free of charge thanks to funding from The National Lottery and Awards for All.

From 11 to 14 June there will be a chance for everyone to explore the facilities on offer at Worcester Arts Workshop by attending a creative taster session.

Pottery Taster Session with Kay Mullet on Tuesday 11 June will allow participants to explore a variety of techniques including the potter’s wheel, hand building and decoration.

Painting and Seeing with tutor Molly Rozier on Wednesday 12 June will explore the way in which painting and seeing are inextricably linked, from still life to panoramic landscape.

Model House with tutor Kitty Cazes on Friday 14 June will give participants to chance to make a clay model house using some interesting pottery techniques. Each of these taster sessions requires pre-booking and tickets cost from £10-£20 per person.

Director of Transformation at Worcester Arts Workshop, Hannah Philips said; “Each of these creative workshops, be it a taster session for someone who is rediscovering an old passion or a creative class for an individual who is hoping to find a new past-time, can help people to take time out from busy and sometimes stressful lives. Our aim is for everyone to feel at home in a supportive creative environment, to feel less isolated in the community and to try something new.”

Being creative is something that has been proven to aid self expression, help with problem solving and aid in self reflection.

Creative course at Worcester Arts Workshop could be an ideal opportunity to start something new, revisit an old hobby or just take some time out for self-care and reflection.

For further information on all of the courses listed above visit www.worcesterartsworkshop.org.uk