Alternative self-expression workshops on offer to young people

7 October 2015

This October Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums are running some very intriguing workshops for young people aged 13-21 years.

Inspired by Aberdeen Maritime Museum's current exhibition exploring the life and work of portrait artist George Jamesone, the Come As You Are workshops will encourage participants to explore their creative potential through notions of identity and self-expression. Young people are invited to create their own alternative self-portraits through lyrics, performance, creative makeup and street art.

Aberdeen City Council's Convener of Education and Children's Services Committee Councillor Angela Taylor said: "This season of alternative self-expression workshops for young peoplewill be led by experienced artists and musicians. These workshops will provide participants with a unique opportunity to try new creative activities, while being supported by professionals who are among the best in their field."

Young people who take part in the Graffiti 101: Alter Ego, the Development of a Tag workshop on Friday 16 October, where they can explore the thought-provoking and exciting world of urban art with street artist Karl Porter of UV Arts. With the development of a graffiti tag participants can create their own unique identity, get creative and experiment with letter structure using an array of colours and materials. Street art workshops will run for ages 13-16 years and 17-21 years.

Millennium Child Entertainment will bring their Hip Hop: Street Poetry and Lyric Writing workshop to the maritime museum for one beat-busting day on Saturday 17 October. This workshop provides the opportunity for young people to discover their creative writing skills and use them to positively express their thoughts and feelings. With assistance and encouragement from professional MC Millennium Child, they will be 'spitting' their own lyrics in no time. Millennium Child Entertainment aims to show the world that you do not have to be in London to make it happen. Hip Hop workshops will run for ages 13-16 years and 17-21 years.

Creative Makeup: Sugar Skulls takes place on Friday 23 October, for ages 16-21 years. Participants will learn how to make bold creative statements with make-up in a hands-on workshop with renowned artist Ulianka Maksymiuk. Ulianka will demonstrate how to create a Sugar Skull design using paints, gemstones, stencils, and freehand techniques. It is then over to those taking part to get creative with brushes to create their own Mexican inspired design; perfect for an alternative, colourful Halloween look to impress.

All workshops will take place at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow. Booking is essential and tickets cost £5 per person.

Click here to find out more and book or telephone 01224 523677.