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Open Doors is hosting fun free events to get families creative this Autumn across the District.

Book tickets below for events happening near you:  

Dec 16 - Crafty Christmas: Card Making (National Civil War Centre)

Handmade christmas stamps with paint supplies next to them

Join Milly, Open Doors Creative Arts Officer, for a free family Christmas card making workshop. 



Dec 16 - Crafty Christmas: Festive Garland Making (National Civil War Centre)

Christmas garland with multicoloured lights with paper cut snowflakes next to it

Make your own fabulously festive Christmas pompom garland to adorn your home this holiday. 


12 Days of Christmas

Christmas Carol Trail!

From 12 December come and join in with the festivites at the National Civil War Centre! You will be given a worksheet where you will need to walk around the museum to find all 12 doors, push the big button next to them to see what Christmas Carol our lovely team are singing! 

Art Skills Drawing Club

Every third Saturday of the month (until 16th March), 1pm to 3pm

Suitable for beginners and beyond, join Artist in Residence Vanessa Stone to use some of the museum’s objects and Vanessa’s own quirky artefacts as inspiration for creative drawing. All materials provided and booking essential. Age 18+

Saturday 18th November: Exploiting pencils

A pencil drawing of church roofs

Vanessa will help you to look at all the different ways a humble pencil can make marks and effects.



Saturday 16th December: Composition

A colourful chalk picture of a window ledge with flower pots and a small bust looking out over red and white market stalls

Focusing on its use in planning art works, and tricks to apply it to observational drawing.



Saturday 20th January: Resist Techniques

An expressive, colourful artwork of foliage in various shades of creates

Discover techniques to create contrast and texture, using wax crayons and masking fluid.



Saturday 17th February: Gouache vs acrylic

Colourful paintings of flowers and kites

Look at how much gouache and acrylic differ so much and how to use them.



Saturday 16th March: Let’s get inky

An ink picture of yellow flowers and foliage

Embracing the fluid qualities of drawing ink.