Get the Community Doodle bug!


This place is so useful, it really is brilliant. Image from the Craft Barn Facebook page.

That there Lucy Wood from the Saxon Hill Craft Barn shop at Chasewater Innovation Centre has written to let me know that they’re holding a free Community Doodle Workshop this Saturday, 8th April 2017 from 10am until 2pm, and all are welcome!

Lucy Wood, great friend of the blog and the human dynamo from the Craft Barn, had this to say:

Learn how to create doodle art in support of Saxon Hill Craft Barn’s Community Doodle Project!

Bring the Kids and Join the team for a drop in workshop at Chasewater Innovation Centre, learn to relax with art of doodling.

Free Entry for all!

You can find out more about the Community Doodle project below and at the Craft Barn Facebook Page here – it’s a fine thing and looks like real fun for everyone!

The Craft Barn is a great project backed by the remarkable and wonderful Saxon Hill School in Lichfield, and I’m proud to support it, too. In the seemingly harsh and uncaring world we currently inhabit, it’s nice to see that these excellent people still give a damn.

Come join in the fun at Chasewater’s Saxon Hill Craft Barn! Image from their Facebook page.

Saxon Hill Craft Barn’s Community Doodle Project

Saxon Hill Craft Barn is undertaking their biggest project to date and we need the help of our Community.

The Saxon Hill Craft Barn are launching a HUGE COMMUNITY ART PROJECT – The skill level is easy and everyone from young to old can contribute! 

From Monday February 20th 2017 we are asking the public and community groups to submit their best doodles to designated drop off boxes. These will be collected & transformed into the feathers of a giant Owl!

COLIN the Community Owl will be made from polystyrene and the 9cm x 9cm artworks will be displayed all over his body.

We hope to receive a total of around 2,500  before our grand unveiling on Saturday 2nd September 2017.

Almost anyone can use this art form  to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal wellbeing. South Staffordshire Mental Health Network is endorsing this Project alongside us and are extremely excited to have them on board.

Zentangle has a low skill level, is enjoyed all over the world and is suitable for all ages.

The list of benefits from Zentangle is endless but here are a few:

  • Relaxation
  • Simple and quick access to mindfulness
  • Insomnia (Improved sleep by creating Zentangle art before bedtime)
  • Self-esteem
  • Inspiration
  • Panic attacks (For fear of flying, creating Zentangle art during take-off and landing)
  • Modify behaviour
  • Create beautiful works of art
  • Nurture and develop creative abilities
  • Relieve stress
  • Improve eye/hand coordination
  • Develop/rehabilitate fine motor skills
  • Team building and group focus
  • Therapy
  • Diet aide
  • Early artist development and appreciation
  • Increase attention span and ability to concentrate.

The Project is being sponsored by Newell Rubbermaid the company behind well-known stationary brand, ‘Sharpie’ who are also donating 6000 pens to help with workshops which we will be holding within our community. The first one of which will be held on Saturday 8th April these pens will also be included in ‘take and make’ doodle starter kits available from our shop.

Lucy Wood, Marketing and PR Manager for the Saxon Hill Craft Barn said ‘This is an innovative and fun idea which my team and I have developed to increase our community involvement. We hope that this project will appeal to groups and individuals of any age and look forward to seeing just how creative the local community are!’

You can find out more about out project

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