Creative Connections: Looking and Journaling

Thur 19 Jan - 23 Feb (6 weeks)

Creative Connections is a series of free creative workshops for adults over the age of 60 in the Western Isles who feel isolated as a result of their circumstances – be it geographical remoteness, disability or any other disadvantage. If this applies to you, you can book any of our Creative Connections workshops.  You can make a booking for a friend or family member if they are eligible and would like to take part.

Creative Connections: Looking and journaling workshop with Sandra Kennedy

This series of online workshops led by artist Sandra Kennedy will focus on paying attention to your surroundings.  Each week there will be a challenge to walk and record in a journal, or if you are unable to walk, sitting outdoors or at the window. A series of prompts and instructions will be given each week, with suggested materials and some instruction on their use.  Over the course you will gradually fill a journal with images and writing in either Gaelic or English.  Challenges will include writing about and drawing what you see or experience around you: your hands; the clouds; the night sky; the wind; plants etc. Throughout the series of classes you will share your exploration of your surroundings with the group, and enjoy shared experiences.

** This course has now begun, but you can still join from week 2.  Email to join in.  **

The sessions will be delivered via Zoom and a link will be emailed to you.  All you need is a device with an internet connection and a clear work-space. You will receive a hard backed sketchbook and art materials in advance of the first session. Please ensure that your address is correct on your An Lanntair account when booking.

Sandra Kennedy is an artist from Lewis. She studied sculpture and scenography
(visual storytelling through performance). Sandra’s work is inspired by people and their relationship to places, and is especially interested in emotional attachment and stories connected with specific locations and sites. Sandra works from her home in Marvig, South Lochs.

Creative Connections aims to: Reduce loneliness in social isolated older adults in the Western Isles through regular creative and social online arts opportunities; Improve mental health and wellbeing for isolated older adults through positive creative experiences and conversation in the language of their choice; Increase the number of opportunities for people to be creative and to develop visual arts skills.