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Quality family time with a personalised workshop

Christmas provides us with the perfect opportunity to make lovely memories with our families but the manic festive preparations can also rob us of these opportunities. It’s really important to spend quality time with friends and family but this is sometimes easier said than done, with all the shopping, cooking, partying and decorating to be done.


There’s a lovely Facebook post doing the rounds this month that talks about the memorable moments that children recount when they return to school after Christmas. They are rarely what they ‘got’ but are more about the time they spent with their parents and grandparents, playing games and the silly things that happened.


So how do we find that time within this hectic festive season to enjoy each other and create those cherished memories?


Why not enjoy a shared family experience with a personalised Family Powertex Workshop at Artistic ReTreats?  This could be for parents with children or adults with their elderly parents or a rare chance to get siblings together!  Under expert tuition, the project can be a shared idea for a garden sculpture on a family theme or individual family members can work on their own idea in the shared, supportive space of a workshop.

Whilst I love my Artistic ReTreats studio, I know that it's not always easy for people to spare the time  to travel there, so I can offer a tailor-made Family Powertex Workshop in your own home or Northants/Oxon venue if that's easier.  Working with Powertex & lots of recycled natural materials, we can create amazing indoor or ourdoor sculpture, or a piece of mixed media wall art with unique textures & finishes.

Many people make resolutions to spend more quality time together and this is the perfect opportunity to bring everyone together for a few hours of interruption-free, creative fun!

Here are a few alternative ideas for spending quality family time together:

1. Check out your town's Christmas light display or find the best decorated house in your neighbourhood;

2. Attend a Christmas carol or nativity service and discuss the origins or the 'true meaning' of Christmas;

3. Hold a Family CHristmas FilmNight, play silly games and wear the cheesiest Christmas jumpers you can find;

4. Volunteer at a food bank or homeless shelter - giving something back to the communityis rewarding for the whole family;

5. Visit elderly relatives or neighbours.  Loneliness is a big issue at Christmas so remember the older people around you;

6. Take a silly Christmas family photo to use on Christmas cards or just display on the mantelpiece for the festive season.

Of course, if it is impossible to get everyone together at this busy time of year, then there is always the option of a gift voucher as a promise of getting together for that arty time in the New Year, once life is a little less hectic.

Get in touch with Liz at Artistic ReTreats to talk through your Family Powertex Workshop ideas and she will create a package especially for you - at the Studio or in your home.  What a wonderful way to make a memorable family Christmas! www.artisticretreats.co.uk