Havering Adult College’s Get Creative Festival is back for 2019 and aims to inspire the borough’s residents to unleash their creative energies and champion everyday creativity.
From 11-19 May 2019, the College is encouraging everyone to try their hand at something new and creative – from photography and plant-pot making to film production and flower arranging – by signing up to FREE workshops at their Bower Park site.

Curriculum Development Manager Vedia Mustafa said: “We are excited to be involved in Get Creative for the third year running and by offering free workshops we are able to encourage people to get involved in creative arts.

“Art is a great boost to our health and wellbeing, and learning as an adult, whether it is for work or pleasure can be a positive impact on our mental health and self-esteem.

“Taking part in a creative arts session can be beneficial in many ways – helps to develop new skills and interests, nurtures relationships with other like-minded people, encourages community involvement and for some, can tackle some of the issues around social isolation.”
What’s on?
Make Your Own Fabric Tablet/Kindle Cover – Saturday 11th May, 10am to 12pm (2hrs)
Protect your tech from knocks and scratches by making your own protective cover!

Introduction to Logic Pro X – Saturday 11 May, 10am to 12pm (2hrs)
Get to grips with the basics of music production software Logic Pro X, used by some of the biggest names in music.

How to Photograph People – Saturday 11 May, 12.30pm to 2.30pm (2hrs)
This two-hour workshop will help you to take better photos of people. You will also get a chance to head outside to put your newfound knowledge to the test (weather permitting). You will need to bring your own camera capable of adjusting the shutter speed and aperture.

Learn How to Use a Sewing Machine – Saturday 11 May, 12.30pm to 2.30pm
New to sewing machines? Learn how to thread one and practice some stitching on this two-hour workshop. Sewing machines will be provided.

Hand Tied Bouquets – Tuesday 14 May, 10am to 12.30 (2.30hrs)
Always wanted to try your hand at flower arranging? Lead by our floristry teacher Debbie, by the end of this workshop you will take home your own hand-tied bouquet of flowers.
Please note: there will be a resource fee of £15 to cover the cost of flowers.

Floral Baskets – Tuesday 14 May, 1.30pm to 4pm (2.30hrs)
Always wanted to try your hand at flower arranging? Lead by our floristry teacher Debbie, you will be able to take home your own floral basket.
Please note: there will be a resource fee of £15 to cover the cost of flowers.

Make Your Own Plant Pot and Seed Bed – Friday 17 May, 1pm to 3pm (2hrs)
British gardeners get through 500 million plastic pots, two-thirds are not recycled and often take up space in our gardens or sheds. In this workshop we will look at sustainable, economic ways of propagating using recyclable and bio-degradable material.

Provencal Cooking Workshop – Saturday 18 May, 10am to 12.30pm (2.30hrs)
In pairs you will be cooking a delightfully fresh fragrant Provençal classic: ratatouille. Originating from Nice in southeast France, this dish makes the best use of seasonal summer produce.

Introduction to Premiere Pro – Saturday 18 May, 11am to 1pm (2hrs)
Get to grips with Premiere Pro, an industry-standard software tool which is used to edit video for TV and film.
Education 4 Independence
On Saturday 18 May from 10am to 3pm, Havering Adult College will also be hosting an Open Day for their Education 4 Independence provision, which helps learners with special educational needs and disability lead more independent lives.

There will be opportunities to get involved in trying some activities such as cooking and photography and meet current learners and staff.
How to enrol
To sign up call 01708 434955 or visit the Bower Park site in person. You will need to bring a form of ID and proof of address with you to complete the sign-up process on the day of the workshop.

Terms and conditions
Courses are for adults aged 19 years and older. Places on courses are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The College reserves the right to adjust, close or divide courses as may be necessary. Enrolment is essential. Maximum 3 workshops per person.

For more information please contact Marketing Officer Richard Wyatt on 01708 434955 or email richard.wyatt@havering.gov.uk.

Photo courtesy of of Mark Seppell