Workshop

#537 

Wales and St David’s Day

Taking inspiration from St David's Day - a creative Welsh journey – a Workshop for Groups

Taster

Making Daffodils

Gentle paced craft activity inspired by Wales

Method /

  • Start by taking the largest cake case in the colour of your choice and cutting the outside of the cases to resemble petals. If you choose orange and yellow the finished flowers will be really authentic, but any colour is fine.
  • Get each person to choose a buuton and add a small piece of double sided tape to the back of it.
  • Stick the button at the centre of the smaller bun case.
  • Put a piece of double sided tape on the back of the small bun case and use this to stick it inside the larger bun case.
  • Add a straw to the back of the flower with a piece of tape. This is your stem.
  • When you have finished look at the different flowers that the group have created.
  • Do people like daffodils?
  • What time of year do you normally see them?
  • Where do you see them?
  • Are they flowers that people like?
  • How do they feel when they see the first daffodils of the year?
  • Which country has the daffodil as their national flower?
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    What you will need /
    • Bun cases - in yellows and oranges if possible - in two different sizes
    • Double sided tape
    • Bright colourful buttons
    • Paper straws
    • Sticky tape
    Playlist available /

    Warm Up

    Rugby Ball Balloon Pass

    Upbeat physical warm up

    Method /

    • Show the inflated balloon to the group - say that you have specially chosen this colour balloon because it reminds you of a rugby ball. things that they can try.
    • Begin by inviting the group to think about different ways that you could pass the balloon around. As people come up with ideas give them a go.
    • Explain that you are now going to pass the balloon around the group accompanied by a piece of music - “Delilah” by Tom Jones is ideal for this.
    • Put on the music without further explaination and give it a go!
    • Allow the group to try different ways of passing the balloon around. When they seem to run out of ideas you could make suggestions of things that you could try.

    Ideas for passing the balloon:

      • Seeing how high in the air you can get the balloon to go.
      • Bouncing the balloon from person to person on one finger.
      • Passing the balloon for as long as you can without it touching the floor / table.
      • Bouncing the balloon off your head.
      • Bouncing the balloon off any part of your body except your hand.
      • Any ideas that you come up with…
      What you will need /
      • A black or brown balloon
      Playlist available /

      Focus

      Mfanwy - Music and Movement

      Focus and movement with Welsh music

      Method /

      • Begin by stretching the parachute out between the group so that everybody is holding on to the edge of it.
      • Ask the group to imagine that the parachute represents different features of the landscape. How could you move it to represent those things?
      • For example, gentle waves to represent the rolling hills, large waves to represent mountains, large fast waves to represent the stormy sea, flat and smooth to represent the calm sea…etc…
      • Try the different movements as a group, and also try any other ideas that the group come up with. You can add music to help set the mood - “Mfanwy” from the playlist is a lovely piece of this.

      Ideas for movements:

      • Makes waves which are as big as possible - these could be mountains or the stormy sea.
      • Pass a mexican wave around the edge of the parachute - this could be the tide or a river.
      • Lift the parachute as high in the air as you can - like a mountain.
      • Put it as close to the floor as you can - like fields of green grass.
      • Create as many fast, small waves as you can - like the waves on a choppy harbour.
      • Pull the parachute back and forth in a cooperative see-saw motion - like the wind in a forest.
      • Lift the chute in the air. Upon command, all let go, and watch as it slowly floats - like snow falling in a valley.
      • Lift the parachute as high as you can then see if everybody can put their head under it - like a cave.

      Next:

      • Add a balloon to your parachute and invite the group to try and move it through your different landscapes.
      • Choose some music and try moving the balloon as many different ways as you can - “The Green Green Grass of Home” by Tom Jones is an excellent piece of music to accompany this activity.
      • Once you have been through all of your movements you can try and add some different ones.

      Ideas for movements:

      • Shake to make the balloon jump up like “popcorn”.
      • Use the balloon, moving it with waves, around on the parachute.
      • Try to roll the balloon into the middle of the parachute.
      • Try to keep the balloon rolling only along the outer edge of the parachute around the circle.
      • Try moving the balloon over to a certain person in the group.
      What you will need /
      • A parachute or a large piece of fabric that can stretch between the group
      • An inflated balloon
      Playlist available /

      Main Activity

      Under Milk Wood

      Listen to an extract and discuss it

      Method /

      • Being by explaining that you are going to listen to an extract of “Under Milk Wood” by Dylan Thomas (you will find this on the playlist.
      • Ask if anybody in the group has heard of “Under Milk Wood” or Dylan Thomas before?
      • What do they know about either / both of them?
      • Explain to the group that you are going to listen to an extract read by Richard Burton.
      • In the first instance invite people to relax and listen - they do not have to do anything else whilst they are listening.
      • When they have listened ask questions to get a sense of their reaction to the extract.

      Questions to ask:

      • What is their first reaction to the extract?
      • What do they like about it?
      • What do they not like about it?
      • What is the mood of the extract?
      • What does it feel like to listen to it?
      • What do they think it is about?
      • What is the picture bieng painted by the extract?
      • What kind of place is being described?
      • What kind of people live in that place?

      Next:

      • Hand a copy of the extract to each member of the group.
      • Explain that you are going to listen to the extract again, but that this time they will be able to see the extract and follow it.
      • Some people may also like to have a pen or pencil to mark words or phrases that they like as they listen.
      • Once you have listened to the extract again continue your discussion but focus more on the language and words.
      • As you talk you could write down words or phrases on a large piece of paper of board so that everybody can see them.

      Questions to ask:

      • Which words stand out for people as they listen to the piece? Why do they stand out?
      • Can you find words or phrases that describe people? What kind of people are being described?
      • What things does the extract say that you can hear? What do you think these things would sound like in reality?
      • What places are described? And what words are used? What impression does this give about these places?

      Next:

      • Invite the group to have a go at reading the extract themselves.
      • This could be people reading small sections on their own and / or the whole group reading sections.
      • It is up to you how you do this but it helps if everybody in the group has had a go at reading in some way.

      Questions:

      • How did it feel to read the text?
      • What is the tone and mood of the language?
      • Which bits did you enjoy reading?
      • Which bits were more complicated?
      • What did you enjoy about reading?
      • If you had the express the experience in one word what would that word be?
      • If you had to pick your favourite words or phrases from the extract what would they be?

      Finish by:

      • Reading back the comments and observations that you have recorded about the extract, and your experiences and reactions.
      What you will need /
      • A copy of the extract for each member of the group
      • A way to play the extract from the playlist
      Downloads available /
      Playlist available /

      Main Activity

      Mountains, Valleys and Beaches Creative Writing

      Creative writing inspired by the Welsh landscapes

      Method /

      • To prepare for the session you will need to print out copies of the different images of Welsh landscapes.
      • It helps if you are able to print off several copies of each landscape (enough for one each in your group, or one between two at the very least)
      • Lay the images out on the table and invite your group to look at them.
      • Encourage them to look at each of the different images more closely by picking them up.
      • When everybody has browsed the images invite people to pick which is their favourite image.
      • Go around the group looking at the favourite images and asking people why they chose that one in particular.

      Next:

      • As a group you need to pick one image to focus on.
      • You may have done this already if the majority of people chose one image as their favourite.
      • If this has not happened explain that you are going to write a poem inspired by one of the images and invite people to choose between the two which were most popular in the last part of the activity.
      • When you have chosen a single image explain that you are going to use that as inspiration - you will ask questions to start the discussion. As people answer and respond write down everything that they say.

      Questions to ask:

      • What can they see in the image?
      • What colours are apparent?
      • What are the different elements of the landscape?
      • If you were in the place what sounds do you think that you would be able to hear?
      • If you were in that place what things do you think that you could smell?
      • What do you think that you could feel?
      • What do you think that you could taste?
      • If they had to describe the image in one word what would they use?

      Next:

      • Read back the things that the group have shared in the form of a simple piece of poetry / creative writing.
      • Once you have read it ask the group if they are able to come up with a title for the piece that they have created.
      • Finally read the poem back again, accompanied by some atmospheric music from the playlist. “Men of Harlech” is ideal.

      What you will need /
      • Copies of the landscape images
      • A pen and paper to write down ideas
      Downloads available /
      Playlist available /

      Warm Down

      Calm Welsh Waves

      Gentle activity to end a session

      Method /

      • Stretch the fabric or parachute out so that everybody in the group is holding it.
      • Play a piece of atmospheric music in the background Calon Lan is ideal.
      • Start the music and as a group try gentle ways of moving the fabric like calm waves on the sea.
      • Go round the circle taking turns being the leader and thinking of different ways to move the fabric.
      • End by folding your fabric away.
      What you will need /
      • A parachute or a large piece of fabric that can stretch between the group
      Playlist available /