We were recently invited to spend the day at Courtfield Lodge Care Home in Ormskirk and asked to perform for the residents. It was a lovely day spent chatting and sharing experiences with people. The group really love being out in the community and being able to perform, providing much needed entertainment and building relationships. It’s great to be invited back time and again. We agreed to make some “Action Quilts” in our Art Workshops for residents to use. These tactile quilts can be seen in the pictures.Such a lovely atmosphere and all activities provided are always enjoyed.
Both the residents and ourselves get so much from this fun experience. A couple of residents gave me and the students hugs, asking when we were coming back. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole day and we think Courtfield Lodge residents did too
Just a note to thank the staff who were extremely helpful and in particular Stephania. They couldn’t do enough to help.
We will be back soon and spend the day there again!
War Horse at the Lowery
Our academic year started in September 2017 and it was decided at the beginning that our focus would be WW1.
After speaking to our students it was determined that our aim would be to visit “War Horse” at the Lowry in Salford. We worked all year to be able to attend as the tickets were very expensive and we would also need transport which is also very expensive.
We all looked forward to going, we were able to watch the “War Horse” DVD to show us what the story was about, although the film is more or less told from a human point of view and the stage show is portrayed through “Joey” the War Horse. (Unfortunately the taking of pictures/photographs was not allowed in the theatre).
Some students had never before been to a stage show and some were worried about how noisy it would be but in the end everybody enjoyed it and the trip went without hitch.
Altogether students, tutors, support workers and volunteers totaling 79 people, so it was a big achievement for Workers’ Education Association and Learning Stars, not forgetting our wonderful students and helpers.
Well done everybody.
party in the park – southport
The group were invited to perform at “Party in the Park”. We really enjoyed ourselves and the comment from the organiser was “Without your help and participation our event would not have been as good as it was.
I would like to thank all students and staff for taking part in making party in the park 5 a success.
art house 2018
An exhibition of artwork created by students attending “Creative Art Workshops” run by Workers’ Education Associated” in partnership with Learning Stars and Galloways.
Inspiration has come from research of WW1 in this centenary year.
Students have researched many war artists in study visits to museums and galleries.
A variety of art, craft and textile techniques have been explored and to produce a lively and dynamic body of work
Skelmersdale Choir Practice
The group practice every Wednesday afternoon at the Erooms in Skelmersdale. This particular Song is Christina Perri – A Thousand Years, which the group are learning to “sign”
Choir Practice 1
Choir Practice 2
As part of our 2017-2018 focus theme of WW1 we visited Liverpool to see the “Dazzle Ferry” which is decorated as the “Dazzle Ships” were in WW1.
Using a painting technique introduced as a way of camouflaging ships during the First World War. Dazzle’s contrasting stripes and curves create an optical illusion that break up a ship’s shape and obscure its movement in the water, making it difficult for enemy submarines to identify and destroy. The last picture is a WW1 Ship decorated in this fashion.