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2021- New Course: Making carnival costumes in a more sustainable way
Dates Tuesdays from 2 March 2021 - 4 sessions
Times 6 to 8pm
Venue online via Zoom
Cost £25
Description IW Adult Community Learning short course.
Practical ideas and techniques, suitable for beginners or those wanting to refresh their practice. Helping you to keep the bling alive with sparkly alternatives to test and try. Materials provided, Booking essential.
Course: Intermediate Carnival Costume Making
Dates 8 sessions, Thursdays 23 March to 25 May 2017
Times 6pm to 9pm
Venue The Coaching House, Ryde
Cost Course fee: £75
Description Working with foam, wire, cane, aluminium and fiberglass to create medium size backpack costumes and Individual pieces for Mardi Gras and other carnivals. For adults with some prior experience of carnival making, ideal as a progression from our entry level course.
Creative Leaders
Dates Saturday 16 February
Times 10am to 4pm
Venue The Coaching House, Ryde
Description The basics of planning and managing a safe and stress free carnival workshop. Ideal for community group leaders, parent helpers and anyone supporting Mardi Gras or carnival club on a voluntary basis.
Practical advice, H & S, inclusive practice, sharing ideas and experiences.
Dates Tuesdays, 3 x sessions
Times 10.30am to 1pm
Venue Alverstone Old School Hall
Cost £15
Description Creating cyanotypes (sun prints) an early photographic technique. Part of All Along the Riverbank programme, using flora and fauna collected from local area to create unique works for display
Giant Puppet Workshop
Dates Friday 4 and Saturday 5 August 2017
Times 10am to 5pm
Venue Ventnor Central (formerly Youth Centre), Victoria Street, Ventnor
Description A fun and hands-on workshop for Adults, working as a group to produce The Queen of the Isle of Wight as a large processional puppet for the carnival parades on 9 and 12 August. No experience necessary. Contact us to book your place.
Giant puppet/costume build
Dates 16th, 17th, 18th, November 2017
Times 10am to 3.30pm core time (may run until later on Friday)
Venue The Winter Gardens, Ventnor
Cost Free
Description Help create a giant illuminated dragonfly (IW dialect = Snaark Stang) for Ventnor's Christmas Parade on 9 December. Part of ongoing Ventnor carnival development programme, Arts Council England supported.
No experience necessary, but booking essential. For adults and young people 16 years plus.
Greening Up Carnival
Dates 5 sessions, Thursdays 7 February to 14 March
Times 6pm to 9pm
Venue The Coaching House, Ryde
Cost £50
Description Hands on short course, exploring and understanding a variety of alternative, sustainable, costume making materials: inc using textiles and dyes, willow, cardboard and wire, natural and found objects.
Pop-Up Carnival Workshop
Dates Tuesday 8 August 2017
Times 11am to 3pm
Venue St Margaret's Hall, Lowtherville Road, Ventnor, PO38 1BJ
Description Come and make your very own DRAGON costume for Ventnor Carnival on the 9th.
All adults and school age children welcome. Under 12's must be accompanied. Contact us to book your place.
Short Course: Carnival Costume Making for absolute beginners
Dates 3 sessions, Thursdays 2, 9, & 16 March 2017
Times 6pm to 9pm
Venue Gunville Methodist Church Hall, nr Newport.
Cost Course fee £20
Description An entry level introduction to costume production. Covers design basics, simple techniques for making body costumes, hands-on practical learning. Aimed at adult volunteers and leaders wishing to take part with their groups in Mardi Gras or other carnival events.

Ventnor Lantern Making
Dates Sat 26 November & Sat 3 December 2016
Times 11am to 2pm
Venue Ventnor Central (formerly Youth Centre), Victoria Street, Ventnor
Cost £4.50 per lantern
Description Making lanterns for the town parade on Sat 10 December at 4.30pm. For adults and families (no unaccompanied children).
Xtra large sheep and other Lantern Making for Newchurch Lantern Trail
Dates 24 to 29 October 2016
Times 10am to 12.30pm
Venue various: Monday 24 at Arreton Community Hall (individual Lanterns), Thursday 27 and Friday 28 at All Saints Hall Newchurch (making sheep lanterns), Saturday 29 at All Saints Hall Newchurch (Individual lanterns)
Cost Free
Description Make your own lantern to carry along the trail, PLUS midweek workshops to make sheep lanterns for our pastoral installation in Martins Wood.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
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