Press Play

Find a practice of play and creativity, for fun, and for your wellbeing.

(Re)Discover a playful and restorative art form. From one off workshops to 4 week courses, we'll guide you through mastering the skills and integrating them into a practice of self care. These courses are currently online, and can cater for a range of accessibility needs.

Current Courses

Saturday August 7th, 4-5pm

All You Need is Ukes!

Lockdown Creative First Aid, with Elana Stone

Bring your ukulele and dive into an experimental mass collective experience of learning songs, and playing together, on zoom! Musician, songwriter, performer and choral leader Elana brings her down-to-earth, fun approach to learning and playing with music to this hour of song that will definitely bring some joy to your day. *Some* beginner knowledge of the ukulele is preferable, as in, knowing a couple of chords, and how to tune!

This is a creative workshop designed to kickstart a playful practice.

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Sydney Vivid Festival - Date TBC

Make a Shift, and Press Play

With dancer/choreographer Emma Saunders, and illustrator Marcelo Baez

Why does drawing make you feel good? Can movement really help change your brain? Experience how art, play and creativity can be an antidote for uncertainty, anxiety and fear. Join choreographer Emma Saunders and Marvel Comic artist Marcelo Baez for this mash-up interactive art-fuelled workout, by creative first-aiders, MakeShift, at the 2021 Sydney Vivid Festival

Details coming soon

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Press Play for Creative Wellbeing

With Caitlin Marshall and Guests

A bespoke 4 week program designed specifically to cover and learn tools for understanding your own mental health, learning what you need, and infusing creative practices into your self care routine. Learn how to keep yourself mentally well amidst uncertainty and change, with weekly creative hands-on sessions with guest artist presenters. Whether it's about being on tour, making new work, collaborating creatively or staying in the game, learn essential tools for creative life, work and play. For groups of up to 40, with materials posted to participants.

Email caitlin@makeshift.org.au for a course outline

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Thurs 5th August 4-5pm

Lockdown Creative First Aid:
Drawing Zombies + Skeletons

with Marcelo Baez

Join Marvel comic illustrator Marcelo for a session all about Zombies and Skeletons. Bring your fave characters or faces to draw, and zombify them! What a delicious distraction from lockdown doldrums. Escaping into drawing is a proven way to calm our nervous systems, get playful, and zone out, and in to zombies!!

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Who's it for?

A small group course of play and exploration for everyone

Press Play is a 4 week course for anyone in the community that would like to bring a little bit of play and creativity back into their lives, as part of a commitment to mental wellbeing. In some courses, we include a little kit of materials!

This is a small group course of play and creative exploration. We add some content about how each practice can support your wellbeing, but it is not a support group program. It's for everyone and anyone in the community, from across Australia!

"Michele is an amazing teacher! I felt so lucky, like having my own little stitching circle I could join each week, from my lounge, and in my pyjamas! So cosy, supportive, and I learnt heaps. I'm now a total stitching nerd!" - Malai, Melbourne, Stitching Course Participant

Creative Prescription Facilitors

Your creative facilitator is a professional artist and takes you through four weeks to develop skills and technique in a creative practice, alongside a few tools and ways to reflect on how this practice assists in keeping our mental health strong.

Marcelo Baez

Illustration & Drawing

Emma Saunders

Dance & Movement

Helena Fox

Writing

Elana Stone

Music & singing

Narelle Happ

Plants & Gardens

Kiara Mucci

Painting

Nina Kourea

Food & Cooking

Michelle Elliot

Textiles

Joshua Heath

Photography, Illustration

Mel Young

Textiles, Visual Art

Our Other Creative First Aid courses

Remind
8 weeks
Creativity on Prescription Course: explore a range of practices each week, along with a home delivered creative first-aid kit.
Lunch Break
One OFf
A one-hour-a-week creative workplace program to foster creative habits for wellbeing
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners, Custodians and Elders past and present of the Indigenous Nations of New South Wales on whose lands we work. We pay respects to the Wodi Wodi people of the Dharawal Nation.

ABN 65 685 548 213