Expressions is a Unity Centre projects were we try to encourage our uses to express themselfs in fun and new ways. allot of the time we find that people have a creative side that has yet to be explored as they have not been incouraged or even have the means in which to do so. With our sessions of "Journey Through Art", "Music Man Project" and "Groove" we hope there is something here for anyone to express there inner selves.
Journey Through Art
Lorenzo Barron is an established East Anglian Artist who has been painting quality works of art since 1996.
Born in Gt. Yarmouth Norfolk, England, Lorenzo is the oldest son of 8 children. His Grandfather Dr Thomas Adams illustrated children’s stories in the 1930’s and his Mother Patricia Barron, followed in her Father’s footsteps with her popular “fairy tale” watercolours. From his Mother’s family, Lorenzo has inherited this beautiful gift to produce excellent quality works of art. Lorenzo has a wide range of styles which reflects his passion and feelings of the beautiful scenes around him.
In 1981, Lorenzo discovered that his Mother-in-laws great, great uncle is the renowned artist Sir Alfred Munnings. He is especially known worldwide for his horse paintings. However, there is one particular painting that received universal acclaim entitled "Nelly Gray" which depicts a beautiful lady in a red dress; this can be viewed in the Munnings Collection at The Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum. What makes this painting of great interest to Lorenzo is that “Nelly Gray” is one of Lorenzo's ancestors. Lorenzo was intrigued to discover that all those years ago both family lives had crossed paths both in the 19th and 21st centuries.
Lorenzo has been running 'free' 10 week "Journey through the field of art" courses for us since 2015. These have become very popular. The course involves learning to paint or improving your painting while building self esteem and self confidence in Lorenzo's unique programme. The groups are small and of all abilities, people with learning disabilities, their parents, carers and families. As this is such a popular course, people need to book a place for the 10 weeks. Next 10 week course commences on 6th June 2017
Tuesday Mornings 9.15 - 12.15
On June 30th 2017 we will start our new art venture "Art Cafe" where anyone can come along and join in. The art cafe is not a
course, they run each Friday morning as a drop in activity, no booking necessary. There is no charge to join in the basic art and crafts activities such as water colours, sketching, colour pencils, collage work, , but there are some more advanced art activities available for a small charge of £2 such as mosaic work, ceramic, glass and fabric painting.
We will also be making a quilt to raise money, this will be a small charge to 'buy a square' and we will auction the quilt afterwards.
We also plan to have a fundraising wall where budding artists can 'buy a brick' to paint' and leave their mark in the Centre.
If you would like to bring your own art things with you just to have the pleasure of doing art with others, then that is welcomed.
We have had a lot of interest in this activity so turn up early to get a seat.
This activity is part of our fun day Fridays where there will be live music outside, art in the morning and gaming in the afternoon.
Art Cafe 9.30-12.30
Link Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lorenzo-Barron-Artist-283741651650756/
Link BlogSpot : http://lorenzobarronartist.blogspot.co.uk/
Bang & Crash
Bang & Crash
In the summer of 2015 Jac had an idea to start a new activity involving music. The feeling was that anyone can make music so we should give it a go.
With the help of Simon she applied for a grant to buy instruments and was fortunate enough to be awarded enough from The Big Lottery Fund to buy enough Djembies, Conga's, Bongo's, Ukelelie's, Glocks and shakey rattley things to get started.
We advertised the fact that we were going to start "Bang and Crash" sessions with the idea of picking popular music and drumming along to them and seeing what we could come up with.
A few months after getting going, Jac was told about a guy called David Stanley who ran "The Music Man Project" (MMP) in Southend. This was started by him early 2000 and had become hugely popular. David's belief is that people with learning difficulties have as much passion for music as everyone else and he wanted to guide them into learning and performing.
In 2015 he took his many groups of performers and hired The London Palladium, where they put on their own show. It was a huge success.
On finding out about the project, Jac went with Louie Lou who helps out, along to a meeting in Norwich where they met with David who was offering to mentor other Mencaps to be a part of The Music Man Project. We were so excited once there and hearing about it that we said yes straight away.
A month later we officially became Music Man Project Lowestoft. We are so proud to be a part of the project and our members love it. We used the show DVD to learn some of the songs which we had great pleasure in performing for David when he came to visit, he was thrilled to bits with the effort we had put in.
As well as learning the MMP songs, we have a few popular songs that we are learning rhythms to and are putting our own stamp on them.
We are so proud of the Bang and Crashers for how they love to perform and their enthusiasm.
Our future plans are to perform in local venues, residential homes and anywhere we might get an invite in readiness for taking part in the next London Palladium show
We are currently looking for someone who can play the piano to help us, it will make it easier for us to learnt he songs.
Our music sessions run on a Wednesday 1.30pm-3.30pm. We are intending to start a Thursday morning session soon as we have many people wanting to join and are running out of room for just one group.
Please click on the link below to visit the website for David's Music Man Project.
Click Let's get our Groove on!
Do you ever sit at home thinking that you would like to take back control of yourself and your body? Would you love to create a new, improved you? Would you like to learn to express yourself and feel empowered? And do you love to dance?
Hi, I'm Jac Guyton and a year ago I said yes to all these questions, at the tender age of 53 years old I was wondering how I could make these changes, when I discovered Groove. I soon fell in love with the concept so I went to Berlin to train as a facilitator so I could have even more fun while Grooving with others.
Groove is learning to express yourself through dance and getting very fit in the process. I am not a dance teacher, I don't teach routines, I show up to 4 basic dance moves with the feet and how you express those moves is entirely up to you. There is no right or wrong way, there's no “front of the class” we all mingle together, it's all about freedom and expression. We were all born to dance, all cultures throughout history do it. The beauty of Groove is that you put as much or as little effort in as you want to, nobody is copying anyone, we are expressing ourselves in our own unique way and learning to do so without caring what others think because you feel so good. You don't have to wear exercise gear, you can Groove in anything you feel comfortable in.
Our Groove classes at The Unity Centre are a maximum of 12 participants so there's no big class to feel intimidated in. Many who have started Groove, came feeling a little, or in some cases, a lot, intimidated and self conscious, but all have said, any inhibitions go very quickly and they are so glad they took the plunge and joined in.
There are 2 types of Groove running, we have Cardio which is an hour session, starting slow and building up to “go as crazy as you like” and then we have Smooth Groove, for those starting out or not so physical, where we spend 45 minutes exploring movement of dance throughout body.
Groove is ideal for all ages and ability and it can be quite meditative. So if you're a Mum with young kids who feels like a punch bag and a climbing frame, or if you're like me and are heading toward you're twilight years and want to stay young at heart, then come along to Groove, it truly reawakens you.
Quotes from participants, “I felt so free”. “Over the weeks I have become much fitter by having fun”. “It wasn't what I thought it was going to be, it was much more fun”.
Wednesday Cardio 5.15pm – 6.15pm
Thursday Cardio 2.00pm-- 3.00pm Smooth Groove 3.15—4.00pm
Saturday Cardio 08.45am – 09.45am
Don't let the word “cardio” put you off. You can put as much or as little energy in as suits you, nobody is judging, we're all dancing and expressing ourselves at our own pace.
All sessions are £2 each when run from the Unity Centre. If you would like to take part in a class, please book by calling 07793490731, or call in at The Unity Centre on Milton Road East, Lowestoft, to book your place as the classes are small, we need to know who's coming.
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