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How To with artistic activities - children & adults


 

WELCOME  TO  GHANA !

 

HOW TO WITH ARTISTIC ACTIVITIES – CHILDREN & ADULTS

 

Finding activities, besides sports, for children and us grown-ups might seem difficult in Accra but the capital city of Ghana offers many things to do besides school and work. The problem is the same, as always: finding out and communication; and that is where accraexpat comes in for you. This page explores activities related to the Arts, for us and our small ones.

The offering of dance and music classes in Accra has increased to a point where we have decided to separate them from this page. Please see "How To with dance and music classes". For languages courses, please see "How To learn languages (including local)".


Poetry
Global Mamas Workshops
Art classes at Alliance Francaise
Other classes
Extra-curricular activities at GSIS
Other children activities
Art supplies
Expat groups, associations and clubs
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Fees indicated were accurate at the time of publications and may have changed,
especially if in Cedis due to the depreciation.

 

POETRY

The most consistent event as far as poetry in Accra is a session themed “Talk Party” that is held the last Sunday of the month at 530pm at the Nubuke Foundation. The program runs on schedule irrespective of any holidays (it is on even at Christmas). Find the listing in the Calendar of Events when an event is scheduled.

Poets get to share with, critique and perform for one another. After every third Talk Party, there is what is called the “Talk Party Plus” with an emphasis on performances rather than readings. The program is still growing and there is room for suggestions. As far as the setting, it is quite informal and arty: lots of murals, hanging lamps, a user-contributed outdoor bar and a small outdoor stage.

The main organizer for the Poetry session at the Nubuke Foundation is Martin - 0277 187 964.
Road directions: Nubuke Foundation is in East Legon, close to the Mensvic Grand Hotel - there are directional signs.

Learn more about all the interesting things happening at the Foundation by visiting www.nubukefoundation.org

Poets in Accra regularly performs at various events, like Crystal Tettey and her mother (both trilingual – English, French and Russian) wonderfully did in May 2010 at the annual Bless The Mike Festival and again in May 2011 with the LoveMadaGhana show. Crystal Tettey may be reached through accraexpat.com.


GLOBAL MAMAS WORKSHOPS

Global Mamas is a fair trade organization and NGO fostering the growth of women-owned enterprises in Ghana. Participating in a workshop generates income for women and their families and helps support the economic development programs of Global Mamas.
Immerse yourself in Ghana’s culture! Global Mamas offers seven different half-day workshops at two locations:
CAPE COAST
· Batiking Workshop (every day)
· Drumming/Dancing Workshop (all days except Wed)
· Ghanaian Cuisine Workshop (every day)
· Traditional Head Wrapping & Beauty Workshop (every day)
KROBO (near Kpong on the Akosombo road)
· Bead-Making Workshop (every day)
Learn more about these workshops.

Workshop prices range from $15 - $20 (paid in GHS) and are scheduled based on when it is convenient for your group. We only need a few days advance notice to book a workshop. A 50% deposit is requested for the workshops the day prior so that the instructors can make their preparations. To book a workshop, please call Patience at 0244-973-353 or email workshops@globalmamas.org.

Visit Global Mamas shop in Accra across Koala supermarket in Osu and online


ART CLASSES & OTHER WORKSHOPS AT ALLIANCE FRANCAISE

Find updated weekly activities at AF Accra in the Weekly Calendar.

For more details and registration on all the above, call 0501 287 815 or email dci@afaccra.com.


OTHER CLASSES

Nubuke Foundation Workshops
There are ongoing workshops 10 to 12 on Saturdays on beading, weaving, drawing, screenprinting and tye and dye making.
Call the Foundation at 0277 44 55 96/ 0289 10 21 63/ 0244 61 09 70 for details and visit their Workshop page.

Helen O'Grady Drama Academy
This international Drama Academy has been operating in East Legon, Accra since October 2014 and offers affordable Drama and Dance classes for 2.5 yrs to 18 years-old and adults. In April 2017, they opened a 2nd Drama Studio in Labone, offering its highly successful international drama programme and also an assortment of Dance classes for children and teens. There is now drama and dance classes for adult class (19+). New Adult classes available are as follows: Public Speaking and Elocution lessons for Groups and Individuals, Call centre training courses for organisations (group and individuals), Private one to one, Acting coaching lessons, understanding and speaking Shakespeare and the classical text (group and individuals). 
The programme runs every Saturday on a termly basis, and is also offered in schools as an in school programme, or an afterschool activity.
Visit the website and call 0542 602 368 for more info.

Since October 2017 - Weekly art classes for 5 to 12 years-olds.
Observe - Feel - Express in creative, verbal and visual ways. With Isabel Abreu on Saturdays at La Villa Boutique Hotel in Osu. 9 to 11am and 2 to 4pm. For information and registration: 0240 452 067

Private and group art and painting lessons

- Dorcas Mensah a creative arts teacher seeks to bring out the natural artistic talent in children from three years and above. Drawing, painting, batik and tie dying are her specialty - 0271 655 645
- Lindsay Majno is a recent college graduate majoring in economic and fine arts, volunteering and working in Accra. She is interested in teaching private or group drawing and painting lessons on week day evenings or on the week ends. In addition to a degree in fine arts, Lindsay has 2 years of experience as teaching assistant for studio art classes at college level and can offer instruction on fundamental principles of studio art to all age levels. Price and length of classes are negotiable, and she would be more than willing to come to you! You can contact Lindsay at 0271 818 668 or lmajno@gmail.com-  Henry is a recommended art teacher who specializes in painting - 0243 734 663
- Marrit arrived in Accra early 2017 and offers group lessons to all ages above 6 for drawing and painting at her place in south Airport Residential Area - 0549 910 189.
- Vivian Hakim is recommended as well for art classes/workshops. Classes at flexible hours are available for kids/adults, either individually or in group, in Cantonments or at private homes - 0543 921 877 - vivian.hakim@gmail.com

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT GSIS

The bilingual German Swiss International School in Accra must be lauded for putting together a great variety of activities every semester that are open to children not enrolled to the school. Activities vary from semester to semester.
Registration is before the beginning of the semester but pupils who come later are allowed to join if the groups are not yet full. Contact Shome Yeboa at shomeyeb@lycos.com. Fees are per semester.

Here is a sample of classes held recently. Semesters start in September and February.

Name of Course

Teacher’s Name

Fees in Euro (2015)

Basketball / Football, 2 to 3pm on Wed,

Bjoern

100.-

Tae-kwon--do, 1 to 2pm on Wed.

Abraham

100.-

Pottery and Art Werkraum, 2 to 3pm on Wed.

Raymond & Astra

100.-

Art, 2 to 3pm on Wed.
Birgit 100.-

Good News Club, 1 to 2pm on Fridays

Renate, Sawyer, Thorsten & Corinne Bieber, Shome Yeboa
100.-

 



GSIS also offers several dance and/or music classes for children: please see the "How To with dance and music classes" Resource page.

The German Swiss International School - Accra is located on Ring Road Central, at Nima Junction, right behind the Lufthansa/Emirates building.

PS.: learn about other International Schools in Ghana in our dedicated "How To put my children in school" Guide (plus Annex) in the same How To Guide.


OTHER CHILDREN ACTIVITIES

The Imagine After school and Saturday programs for Kids
See the website and Facebook page to learn about the multiple offerings from this organisation.

Nubuke Foundation "Nu Reading Club"
Children are welcome to Nubuke's drop-in reading sessions with a choice of books to read from its well-stocked library.
Nubuke Foundation is in East Legon near Mensvic Hotel. Tel: 0277 44 55 96 / 0289 10 21 63 / 0244 61 09 70.

Story Box
Storytelling, drama, music and play class for children 3 - 5 years EVERY SATURDAY at 10:00 - 10:45am (starting 25th Feb) at Mint Club at Meridian Apartments, Airport!
Ghc 250 (in February 2017) per child for all 6 classes this term! Spaces are filling up fast so please call us on +233 20 0944746 or email storyboxghana@gmail.com to book your space. See the Facebook page for more information and current programs.

Decoupa
Since January 2016, Nancy Bazzari proposes classes of decoupage/collage at Meridian Apartments in Airport Residential Area, every Thursday from 4:00pm to 5:30pm for kids ages 9-14. Reservation could be made through calls, text, and emails. For more information, please contact : 0244 326 866 or nancy.bazzari@gmail.com

Kids Concept - “Learn while you play” activities for children
Shalu from India is pleased to offer creative children’s classes at Rima House in Asylum Down.
The activities are run through workshops founded on art therapy principles that target specific challenges, engage children and generally help promote cognitive progress in an entertaining and safe space.
Kids Concept is a unique choice if you are looking for an avenue for creative development with children in a fun-filled environment supervised by qualified staff.
The class sizes are kept small to enable individual attention in an interactive setting.
Shalu looks forward to discussing any questions you have over the phone/email.
She can be contacted at 0240 954 262 - Email: sg.kidsconcept@gmail.com  

Kiddy Craft Ghana
offers art/crafts classes, tuition, workshops and events.
Contact: 026 113 8673 or kiddycraft-ghana@hotmail.com

Ballet classes for 7 to 12 years-old are offered on Saturdays by Accra Shala Yoga.

 

ART SUPPLIES

Acrilex is a good shop for Arts & Crafts which offers products for fine art, school supplies, hobby art, fabric paint and silk screen paint. They offer a wide variety of stationary, specialized papers for art, craft materials and a new collection of educational and crafty toys.
Road directions: 11th lane Osu at the corner next to La Piazza Restaurant. Tel: 0302- 777 399 / 0246 144 973 – Ask for Nada.


EXPATRIATE GROUPS, CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS

Don’t forget that the numerous expat groups active in Accra go beyond the traditional charitable actions and propose many different activities to their Members. For example, the francophone Accra Accueil association and NAWA, the North American Women Association, propose writing workshops, patchwork, book clubs, cultural visits, acting classes and more. Note that Membership to NAWA is now open to all women.     

Visit the Expat Groups page to see the more than 50 groups currently listed so you can find one or more suitable group(s) to contact and enquire about the activities they offer. Joining one or more expat groups will make a difference in integrating in Ghana.

 

Arts Ghana
The agenda of Arts Ghana is simply to promote the arts in Ghana by providing a forum for intellectual dialogie on the state of visual arts. They highlight and share innovative artistic creations by resident and diasporan Ghanaian artistes through reviews and reports.



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Dorcas Mensah a creative arts teacher seeks to bring out the natural artistic talent in children from three years and above.

Drawing,painting, batik and tie dying are my specialty - 0271655645



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