Despite the short days and dark nights, we have been offering plenty of activities and events recently.
Christmas Art Workshop
We recently held a Christmassy art session at An Acarsaid Care-home led by Gail MacGregor. The residents wound wool around Christmas tree shapes in order to create cheerful decorations.
We screened a dementia friendly screening It’s a Wonderful Life at Aros earlier this week. The cold weather caused a bit of disruption on the roads and because of this some people were unfortunately not able to attend. Those who attended very much enjoyed this classic film with cup of tea and shortbread.
We have also introduced Parent and Toddler Screenings and it was great to see so many people at the screening of Paddington 2 a fortnight ago!
Christmas Carol Sing-along
Continuing the Christmas theme, we held a Christmas Carol Sing-along in the café-bar. Donald Livingstone came up from Breakish to lead the carols with some lovely accompaniment on the guitar. It was fantastic to have people of all ages come together and sing.
Maoilios Caimbeul led a Creative Writing Workshop at Portree Library on Tuesday, exploring Gaelic through Poetry. The participants learned some basic Gaelic sounds and vocabulary, before taking the opportunity to write a simple Gaelic poem.
In south Skye, two groups have been meeting monthly at An Crùbh – one session is in Gaelic and the other in English. People who have recently started writing and others who have been writing for a while come together to talk through ideas, be inspired and try short writing exercises.
Music Workshops at Portree High School
Musicians Rick Taylor and Pam Allen did two percussion workshops with pupils and staff in the ASN/Sfl department. In the first workshop, the group made musical instruments out of materials such as recycled tins, rice and ping-pong balls. They then decorated the instruments with paint, glitter and stickers before playing them.
The second session involved spending more time playing all the instruments made in the previous session, shakers, drums and other percussion instruments. Playing rhythms in a group is uplifting and energising and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. The group also made a recording of the music using Rick’s recording studio – we can’t wait to hear the results!
Mask-making at Broadford & Dunvegan Youth Clubs
Over October and November, artist Kate Mcmorrine worked with Dunvegan and Broadford youth clubs to make Halloween masks out of recycled materials. The young people enjoyed creating weird and wonderful masks. Kate was very impressed by the youngsters’ enthusiasm and creativity in both villages.
Còig Sgiathan | Five Wings – ATLAS Arts
The blogs for this year’s walks with artists in Skye and Lochalsh are available on the ATLAS Art Còig Sgithan page, if you scroll down the page.
Tha Seo Math Dhuibh – Good for You Events in 2018
Looking forward to next year, we have plenty of workshops and events to help beat the January blues. Here are some dates for your diary:
Diluain 22.1.18 January
Celebrating Burns Night, the group will look at some of Robert Burns’ poems.
As always, we welcome contact from community groups, individuals and artists who are interested in being involved in the project. Email Iseabail@aros.co.uk or phone 01478 613 649.
Thank you to all who have been part of Tha Seo Math Dhuibh – Good for You this year, and we look forward to seeing you in 2018.
Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath ùr dhuibh uile!