Showing posts from October, 2011

Drawing is full of concentration and laughter at The Courthouse

Half term saw the culmination of The Big Draw with daily drawing activities for families taking place in the Courtroom at Rural Arts. Experimenting with new materials, observational drawing as well as fantasy landscapes were all encouraged in both monochrome and brilliant colour.
Four boys from Helperby and their parents kicked off the week with a fantastic collection of aliens on a gigantic piece of paper.Starting at 10am they were just adding the final touches to their masterpiece at 4.30.Their large-scale artwork is currently on display in the Courthouse foyer.
Over 100 people participated in the event in our Big Draw activities over the last 6 days and the atmosphere has been full of concentration and laughter!
Next years event will be even better.
Don't forget on  Saturday morning we run two art clubs for children and young people which are aimed at building skills and creativity.  We provide a wide range of artist led activities in:  drawing, ceramics, print-making etc 
Term tim…

Big Draw Fun at The Courthouse today!

Lots of drawing fun at The Courthouse today - badge making, key rings, bunting and even a huge,
alien- themed "extender" drawing!!   Come along and join in FREE drawing activities for families every day this week (10am - 4.30pm).

The Shed ON Tour visits Hunmanby!

Hank Wangford and Brad Breath hit Hunmanby Community Centre 

Hunmanby enjoyed their first ON Tour performance through The Shed ON Tour on Sunday night. Hank and Brad performed to a full house on the evening and the atmosphere was electric.

One audience member commented:

''Thank you for sending Hank and his friend to Hunmanby Village Hall last night - it was a terrific show. It's such a pleasure to be in a room full of people all having a really good time and to hear the sound of laughter.
Nights like this do so much to lift the spirits and bring communities together. If the government had the sense to spend a lot more on this type of activity the surgeries would clear and doctors would soon be out of work.
I hope your funding is safe and that you can continue providing this valuable service.
Please send us more turn like this''.

If you'd like to book tickets to see an ON Tour show click on the link below to buy tickets or view our programme.

Online ticketing: htt…

The Shed On Tour Hank Wangford and Brad Breath at Crayke village hall

The Shed ON Tour presentsHank Wangford and Brad Breath in: Tour dates, venues and box office numbers or buy tickets online: 12 October – Crayke Sports Club: 01347 822327 Buy tickets online
13 October – Weaverthorpe village hall: 01944 738617 Buy tickets online.14 October – Ingleby Greenhow village hall: 01642 723492 Buy tickets online.15 October – Carleton village hall: 01756 791356 Buy tickets online.16 October – Hunmanby Communit

Saturday Morning Kids Club- Big Draw Activities

The kids club got down on the workshop floor last Saturday and both groups created gigantic murals using charcoal and pastels.  Artwork was inspired by extended drawings based on figures, fantasy characters and animals.

Saturday Kids Club 8th and 15th October at The Courthouse.  Big drawing activities on big paper  age:  8-10 time: 10-11  age: 12-18 time:  11.30-12.30 Cost: £5 Booking essential
All artwork will be displayed in the Courtroom over half term.

ON Tour Brochure SOS!!!

Passing through Thirsk? Are you attending a meeting at Rural Arts? Have you got some free time?

Calling all Rural Arts fans, we need help with distributing our remaining ON Tour Autumn season brochures. We have 1000 left to get out across North Yorkshire and the Tees Valley and we would really appreciate help in getting them out and about.
At the moment our brochures are sat in boxes looking sad but they could really make someone's day and be their ticket to a great night out with your help.
We would like the brochures to go out across North Yorkshire including in particular, the Helmsley area, Stokesley area, Hartlepool and Skipton area.
The brochures can go through peoples doors or in shops, tourist offices, libraries, galleries, museums and so on.

If you're free to distribute some for us and are passing through Thirsk, please get in touch, we would love your help and would be able to offer you 2 free tickets to the show of your choice!

Choose your tickets from : http://rura…

A Taste Of…Raku

Over the summer people have flocked to The Courthouse for the Raku workshops, and Friday was no exception. Friday was the first of two sessions, making a bowl or tile to fire.  Each person got a block of clay, rolled it flat and decorated the surface.  Here is where the creativity of the group shone through using stamps, wallpaper, dried plant stalks or shells. To get a more 3D effect sprigs were used; small moulds into which the clay was pushed, taken out and stuck to the edges of the bowls with slip. Small hammocks and wooden frames were used to shape the flat clay into bowls.  Now the bowls and tiles need to be dried before firing at the next raku session on the 25th November.  The next two A Taste of...sessions will be part of  The Big Draw, so come along, pick up a pencil, grab a piece of paper and let your imagination run away with you!

Local Crime Author Stakes Out The Courthouse!

On Friday, following an invitation through the magic of Twitter (@Ruralarts), Rural Arts had a visit from local author Bill Kitson, and his lovely wife, Val. Bill is the author of five crime novels, featuring DI Mike Nash. Courthouse manager Janice McVay showed Bill and Val around the facilities, before they topped up their energy levels with some cake, from the Courthouse Café. Hopefully we can convince Bill to speak to the ThirskWriteNow Writers’ Group. We shall keep you posted! To find out more about Bill’s work please visit