23 February 2014

Giveaway: win a limited edition Let's Make Art colouring book and Stabilo pens

Earlier this month, twelve amazing artists contributed work to the first Let's Make Art colouring book, launched at our Art for Hearts event in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

We are giving away one of these limited edition colouring books to one of our Facebook fans, along with a pack of brand new Stabilo pens.

For your chance to enter, follow the instructions below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

30 January 2014

Arty Party

One of the best parts of our job is providing arty party packages for children. Over the past twelve months our ‘Let’s Make a Bag’ and animal sack parties have been a great success. We can tailor your child’s party to suit their interests and even provide a photographic keepsake of the day, leaving you to enjoy the fun. Get in touch for more information about our party service! LMA x

18 November 2013

Shake your tail feather

Let’s Make Art made an exiting departure into the world of hen parties last weekend with a commission  for a screen printing workshop for bride to be, Caroline and her ten hens. Our venue for the day was Yurt Lush at the Creative Common. While the wind blew against the canvas outside, we stayed snug inside, turning one section of the Yurt into our own studio. We provided the instruction and materials and Yurt lush provided the cocktails, lunch and afternoon tea. The hens designed and cut out their own stencils to print with before screen printing their creation onto a cracking tote bag. The day was rounded off by an evening river cruise. 

With thanks to Caroline and her hens for being such a fun bunch, Shona for her excellent ideas and wonderful space and Bristol Packet Boat Trips who collected the hens from Creative Common and took them for a cruise along Bristol’s waterways. 

If you’d like us to provide you with a hen day package please get in touch with us. 


7 November 2013

School’s out

Our local school was closed for an inset day at the end of last month, which got us thinking…how about an impromptu Let’s Make Art workshop to fill the gap? We set to work with planning and resourcing and bagged the best located lamp post in town to advertise the event. 

On the day, we left our uniforms at home, donned our smocks and headed out into the bright morning sun. We were armed with cake, an overhead projector, a light box, primary coloured play dough and a story or two. 

The children, aged one to seven years, inspired us with their imaginative use of the materials, turning our spoon doll kits into vampires and creatures of the night, as well as sugary pink characters with names such as Dolly Pearl. 

Other activities were set up to be more open ended, including a light box to layer coloured acetate and different shaped objects on, and an ornate projected image to colour in. The play dough was loved by all the children; some using it to make sculptures and some mixing the primary colours to learn a little about colour theory. Story-time included My Big Shouting Day and Denver and you could’ve heard a pin drop (well, perhaps a beaker crash to the floor) while they were being read. 

A special thank you to Sophie Rae, a Bristol based print-maker and illustrator, who came to lend a helping hand and Anna for the light making machines. 

30 October 2013

Let’s Make Art @ Creative Common

Last weekend we spent a very special Sunday afternoon at the Creative Common. We set up temporary residence at The Goods Yard and got busy with sticking, cutting, sketching, constructing and colouring in. In conjunction with Yurt Lush we provided art activities for children while the grown-ups enjoyed their lunch in peace. As the afternoon wore on the skies darkened and we were treated to a dramatic downpour of rain but nobody minded because we had good company and art. 

10 June 2013

Happy 85th Birthday, Maurice Sendak

“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, ‘Dear Jim: I loved your card.’ Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, ‘Jim loved your card so much he ate it.’ That to me was one of the highest compliments I've ever received. He didn't care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.” Maurice Sendak

Max original character by Maurice Sendak

13 April 2013

DIY Party bags

You will need:

paper bags
coloured paper or sticky-backed plastic
luggage tags
foam shapes
letter stamp set (or felt tip pens to write names on tags)