Do you want to explore your creative side?
Join our online Art Group taking place every Wednesday from 20th July until 21st September from 5pm - 6.30pm(excluding 31st August & 7th September).
The Art Group is open to autistic people and their families and aims to bring people together for creative expression in an informal and safe environment. It offers the chance for a mindful break from the day’s worries and can help to reduce stress.
This group is open to all ages, however if your child is under the age of 18 they must be registered using a parent/guardian's email address. Children under the age of 16 should have an adult present during the session.
The Art Group will be led by a talented artist, Gabriele Gikyte, who has an academic background in art and experience of running a Virtual Art Group in Scottish Autism services in Lothian. Each hour and a half session will explore an artistic medium and an abstract theme which can act as guidance to start off the creative process.
Attendees will be encouraged to view the theme through their own personal lens, brainstorming ideas and searching for ways to best depict their vision. Gabriele will share knowledge and tips on how to work with the different mediums and materials. The materials to use are for guidance only and the attendees can always work in their preferred medium and explore it in their own way.
The mediums and themes we will look into are:
- ink (pen, brush), theme - pattern
- pencils, theme - letting go
- coloured background (canvas, paper), theme - contrast
- paint (acrylic, oil), theme - being kind
- unique medium (something unexpected), theme - courage
- 3D (clay, paper, knitting, etc.), theme - fidgets
- natural materials (vegetables, plants, stone, soil), theme - acceptance
- stamp, theme - imprint your favourite material, holding space
The sessions will run via Zoom so you will need a computer or device with good Wi-Fi. Cameras and microphones are preferred but not compulsory and please feel free to join in as many sessions as you like.
- Keep discussions civil
- Do not be afraid to ask questions
- Engagement is not compulsory
- Join in as many sessions as you like, the more the better!
- The sessions will run via Zoom, you will need a computer or device with good Wi-Fi
- Cameras and microphones are preferred but not compulsory
Gabriele Gikyte is an independent artist from Lithuania. She finished her studies at the Vilnius Academy of Arts where she studied fine art and printmaking. Gabriele also studied Art Psychotherapy here in Scotland and has fundamental knowledge of photography, and is interested in a broad variety of art forms. A big part of Gabriele’s academic life was working with the general public via conducting educational art workshops in schools, festivals and fairs. This gave her valuable experience of working with various groups of people by helping them to fulfil their artistic needs in a safe environment. Even though she mostly works in traditional media, Gabriele encourages experimentation and exploration through all art.
Gabriele has been running and facilitating a Virtual Art Club in East Lothian for Scottish Autism since April 2020, as well as providing staff and supported individuals with hand-drawn colouring sheets for the sessions.
How to book
This is Block 6 of the Virtual Art Group
Time: 5pm to 6.30pm
Date: 21st September 2022
Please note that you can now book sessions in advance. You can also pick and choose which sessions you would like to attend in block 6.
Maximum number of 15 places
Please email any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Host in our short video
Gabi describes what you can expect when you join the Wednesday evening Art Group.