OWN Art Club Online

Just because our building is closed doesn't mean the fun has to stop. We are still running our OWN Art Club on Wednesday's 5-7pm, but now online! Our brilliant Associate Artist and art club leader Shamila is busy creating fun and engaging activities for ages 12 to 16.

Find out more about OWN Art Club.

To book your place, please email ruth@nae.org.uk

OWN Art Club Activities: Leaf Rubbings

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You will need: Leaves, crayons, and plain paper

Step 1: Collect some leaves

Step 2: Place a leaf on a hard surface with the bumpty side facing up

Step 3: Lay a piece of plain paper on top and hold in place with one hand

Step 4: Using a crayon on its side, rub over the leaf to capture the details

Step 5: Experiment with blending colours, creating patterns, and making multiple layered imprints

Step 6: Use your leaf rubbings to make a collage, decorate a scrapbook or card, create a backdrop for a poem and story, or wash over with watered down paint

Step 7: Share your work by posting a picture on our social media! Facebook / Twitter / Instagram


OWN Art Club Activities: Biodegradable Plant Pots

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It's the time of year to start sowing seeds and this method uses no plastic and up-cycled rubbish! You will need: Cardboard tubes, paint, pens, coloured tissue paper and glue, seeds and compost

Step 1: Collect lots of cardboard tubes

Step 2: Decorate your tubes with any materials you have at home. I used paint pens, you could use markers, felt tips, pritt stick and coloured tissue paper, or even make them 3D by cutting and adding other bits of card. Be as creative as you like so they look great on your windowsill for a few weeks

Step 3: It's tims to sow your seeds. First stuff a little newspaper in the bottom to keep the soil inside, fill with compost, make a small hole and place one seed in each tube

(If you don't have a bag of compost go scavenging – natural nutrient rich compost gets deposited by worms under pots, logs and rocks – this can be mixed with some regular garden soil with the stony bits sieved out)

Step 4: Once your baby plant is ready to go outside, plant your pot by placing the whole thing directly into a hole in the ground

Step 5: Share your work by posting a picture on our social media! Facebook / Twitter / Instagram


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39-41 Gregory Boulevard
NG7 6BE, Uk


0115 924 8630


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Sun: Closed

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We would like to acknowledge the financial support new art exchange has received from our funders and partners.

Supported by

Logos for; Arts Council England, Nottingham City Council

Capital funders

Logos for; Nottingham City Council, East Midlands Development Agency, Neighbourhood Development Company, European Regional Development Fund, Greater Nottingham Partnership, Arts Council England