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Still Lively: Online Exhibition

Developed for the over-55s, Still Lively is a weekly art session focusing on drawing led by artist Sam Hale. In recent weeks, these popular classes have moved from their usual physical location at Wolverhampton Art Gallery to a new virtual home online.

Sam has continued to plan and develop a wide range of activities and challenges to help people hone their artistic skills and learn new techniques. Social media has been used to help support and encourage the group, as they continue their creative journeys from the safety of their own homes. The group has been a fantastic opportunity to provide mutual support around a shared interest in art and has demonstrated that creativity can support health and wellbeing.

Weekly sessions have focused on a wide range of subjects, exploring themes such as self-portraits, still life, the view from your door or window, and even Land Art tasks inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy. Sam has also provided lots of innovative ideas for using ordinary household items as art materials.

This exhibition features a selection of images group members have created in response to Sam’s weekly projects and their own creative interests. A wide range of paintings, drawings and collages are on display, alongside pages from artists’ sketch books, works in pastel and chalk, and figurative and abstract pieces. Together, they form an overview of Still Lively artworks created during lockdown.

Please select one of the themes below to view the gallery of work:

If you would like to have a go at making your own pictures, Sam has kindly shared her weekly tasks on our website here:

Finally, if you would like to learn more about Still Lively, please click on the following link: