Special Activities and Artmaker Programmes
Digital Storytelling [find out more]

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Children:

At Artmakers we believe that EVERYONE is creative - especially children because they have a kaleidoscope of great ideas and tons of enthusiasm!
Our Creative Holiday Fun programme for children age 5 - 12 is offered every school term break ( April, July, Sept) for two weeks we well as for two weeks in the January holidays. The activities are structured around assorted art & craft projects, games, storytelling and drama and lots of team building. It’s popular and you need to book in advance.

Young Adults:

Our Creative Youth Development Programmes have a strong Youth Development focus which not only aim at developing practical skills in arts & cultural expression, but also develop leadership and peer support skills through group and community service projects. Together with some very practical experience, participants undertake further education or vocational goal- setting. These programmes are full- time for school leavers age 16 - 24 and usually last about 20 weeks. We have two intakes a year, in late January and late July, but can consider occasional mid - term applicants if vacancies occur.
We also assist to deliver Specialist Youth Service Corps programmes for ‘youth at risk’, in collaboration with the New Zealand Justice sector and supporting community agencies, this with a view to developing alternative pathways for young people, and to build confidence and good citizenship.

Both of these Youth Programmes are sponsored by the NZ Ministry of Youth Development and are free.

Adults :

We can arrange for block courses in various aspects of Art & Design as well as Community Arts facilitation for adults seeking to re-train or explore new options for a career in the arts or community work. We have worked with people special needs, support workers and caregivers, parents, teachers, recreation & community development workers. These courses are negotiated on a case by case basis both for the general public, and for anyone who wants professional development to put a creative dimension in their practice. We are also accredited by NZQA to deliver components of the National Certificate in Community Development/ Community Arts under the Sport Fitness and Recreation Industry Training Organisation. (S.F.R.I.T.O.)
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Older Persons:

Our society has polarised people in many ways, and age differences are one of these dividers. Add to that, with the fragmentation of families many older and younger people share the problem of social isolation within their own peer group, and have little opportunity to engage with others outside of that group.

Through our creative intergenerational programmes we aim to bring people from substantially different age groups together for “ magic” encounters which will raise awareness, which are stimulating to both groups and which can even build lasting friendships! This may take the form of creating artwork together, storytelling, drama, sharing food, and just plain fun !! We have worked successfully through our networks in the older persons community through Hamilton Age Concern. These projects are also negotiated on a case by case basis. Contact Artmakers

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DIGITAL STORYTELLING: The Glass Hedgehog Project

www.glasshedgehog.co.nz

Accessible technologies now make it possible for almost anyone to create their own authentic and very powerful stories using digital media. The workshops assemble visual material ( photos, drawings, video etc.) added to a narration recorded by the storyteller, and then some music to give it ‘atmosphere’. The whole thing is assembled on the desktop in a computer. The stories are authentic, because it is not film experts coming in to create someone else's story or making documentaries - rather, it is tutors, artists and computer literate people assisting the storytellers (with a little coaching) to tell their OWN story in digital format, and to become familiar with the media and techniques needed to do it. We do this in workshops specifically aimed at communities who do not have the advantages of being " expert”.

Stories can be about triumph and success over adversity, stories of simple but deep revelations through life experiences, legacies from older people and those who want to leave a message to those who follow, stories of women, stories from children's' lives, family stories, migrant peoples’ experiences, youth issues - people with special needs - the list is endless. The stories are not only unique to the storyteller by also a powerful tool for supporting others who may be experiencing similar change, issues or revelations. They are also powerful for effecting change, for advocating and for inspiring people who might be looking to contribute to the well-being of their communities and need some encouragement. Extraordinary stories from ordinary people.

In 2006 Artmakers has launched a pilot series of story-making workshops in collaboration with the University of Waikato Bachelor in Computer Graphic Design. Our Youth Arts trainees have been learning how to construct stories at the University’s computer labs, working with final year students, and overseen and mentored by the University staff. We also run our own workshops based at Artmakers studios based on the same principles of inclusion and collaboration that underpins all our work and we adapt the workshops to meet the different needs of different people.

Please contact us to find out how you can get involved in this exciting experience!

Or visit www.glasshedgehog.co.nz!