Learn craft skills at new summer workshops

Chloe Greenhow, 11, from Hendon, at a previous workshop with artist Margaret Daglish.
Chloe Greenhow, 11, from Hendon, at a previous workshop with artist Margaret Daglish.
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Be crafty this summer as The Cultural Spring launches its new programme of workshops.

The seasonal programme contains some old favourites from previous programmes, as well as some new workshops, such as lino-cut printmaking and songwriting.

Other workshops include photography, jewellery making, glass fusing, creative writing, ceramic sculpture, drawing and painting, craft sessions and calligraphy.

Some of the sessions are free, others have a charge to cover the cost of materials.

Emma Horsman, project director of The Cultural Spring, said: “Our summer workshop programme sees the return of some of our most popular sessions, such as the ukulele sessions at Hylton Castle Workingmen’s Club, and the Whitburn Singers, but we’ve also introduced a few new ones.

“Some of our workshops will also be supporting events in Sunderland.

“For instance, a costume design workshop will reflect on the experiences of those affected by the 1916 Zeppelin raids for the Asunder project, exploring the legacy of the Battle of the Somme.

“Another workshop will be supporting our Summer Streets music festival by creating scarecrow musicians and giant funky flowers.

“We’ve also been able to extend our range of venues.

“I’m delighted that No4 Café and Bistro in East Boldon will be opening its doors to host our contemporary jewellery workshop this summer.

“Beginners are always welcome and we encourage people to bring a friend, family member or neighbour.”

* For the full programme, visit www.theculturalspring.org.uk.