The first rule about Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule about Fight Club is that it is not Mindful Art Club. You can talk about Mindful Art Club as much as you like!
Mindful Art Club is a supportive drop-in group; you can just turn up to our relaxed sessions in Plympton or Plymouth. It is hosted by local artists Peggy Melmoth and Emma Sprawson.
You don’t need any art experience or talent, it’s more about enjoying the moment, and the company.
We start with a friendly chat, then five minutes of guided mindfulness meditation, then we all order a coffee or a tea. Then we do an easy art project and chat. All art materials are provided. Previous art projects have been drawing patterns, mandalas, collage, paper cut-outs, making vision boards, copying famous paintings, making a street scene, drawing paisley, mindful colouring and making greeting cards.
The atmosphere is welcoming and supportive. If you find trying a new group a bit daunting then please be reassured that at the moment the groups are small, about six people, and very friendly and easy-going.
There is no need to book your place at the group, just turn up. We provide all the materials, you just need to buy yourself a coffee or other refreshment. We start at 10.00am and we ask for a small donation towards our costs, say £2, but this is optional. (However, in February 2020 we will be formally increasing the price of a session to £5.00 per time.) Each session lasts for an hour and a half.
Our unique combination of mindfulness and art has been found to increase mental calmness for those struggling with various mental health issues, and different physical challenges. However, you do not have to identify with any specific problem to come along to the group; many have found the club effective just for getting out of the house, having a giggle and making new friends. There are no membership fees or any obligation to be consistent about your attendance – come along when you can. The drop-in classes are flexible and informal.
Come and see us at Plymouth’s first and only Mindful Art Club!
Peggy and Emma