Locked down but still open

On March 23rd 2020, Covid-19 forced us to stop running our art groups face-to-face.

But we did not shut down altogether.

We decided that not being able to be in the same space isn’t going to stop us doing what we love most – connecting and creating with our members.

Covid-19 made us grow, change, develop – rapidly!

In response, we have moved ONLINE and we are running an exciting program of weekly projects with our members in small groups via Skype or Zoom.

How to join Arty-Folks

During this pandemic the only way to join Arty-Folks is by attending ‘The Fine Art to Wellbeing’, a popular 3 week course we run for the Coventry Recovery and Wellbeing Academy.  On completion you might be able to join a weekly art group, if a space is available.

Please Note:
The Fine Art to Wellbeing is an online course and you will need access to either a laptop, tablet or smartphone with adequate data or Wi-Fi capability.

We are aware that many do not have the digital skills and equipment needed to join online courses and we are presently looking into how we can help.  If you would like to join our course but are not able to please email us to info@arty-folks.org.uk.

Try this Taster Workshop

This Art of Relaxation workshop will give you a good introduction to Arty-Folks and how you can use art to de-stress and improve your mental wellbeing.  It includes full instructions how to make your own dream catcher.

"I enrolled on this course when I was looking for something that would help me get through my anxiety of being in groups. And it was just what I needed!"

The Fine Art to Wellbeing

June            15.6. /  22.6. / 29.6.      1pm-3pm fully booked
July             13.7.  / 20.7. /  27.7.      1pm-3pm
August        10.8.  / 17.8. /  24.8.     1pm-3pm
September 14.9.  / 21.9. /  28.9.     1pm-3pm

We think about creativity as making something new and original, but in fact the root meaning of creativity means ‘to grow’.  In this course you will explore how art can help you look at things from a fresh perspective and map a different way forward.

Art materials you will need: white paper, pencil, colour pencils, scissor, any glue, magazines or newspapers.

Learning outcomes:
– de-stress and channel your mental energy
– learn to express yourself through your own visual language
– learn to cultivate ‘me-time’ to improve focus and concentration

The course is suitable for total beginners as well as experienced artists, and anyone looking for alternative coping strategies to improve mental well-being.

It doesn’t matter whether you are experienced or a complete beginner. The focus of this course is not on teaching traditional art skills, but on experiencing how mental stress can be relieved through art and to encourage creativity in every day life.

The Coventry Recovery & Wellbeing Academy offers a huge range of courses and workshops to promote personal development and self-management of mental health conditions. All courses are free and open to anyone over the age of 18 living in Coventry and Warwickshire.