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Devizes Lions
Chartered 1970 (District 105SC)

Devizes Lions Club (CIO) is a Registered Charity No.1185977

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Our next Arts Coaching Weekend will be held on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October 2023.
Here's what we did last time:

Arts Coaching Day 2019  

Devizes Lions' first Arts Coaching Day was held  on Saturday 26 October 2019.  Here are a few pictures of the children enjoying their time learning new skills while having a really fun time.

There's an interesting article about the day in the Gazette and Herald:


Metal embossing

Clay tile making




Samba drumming

Metal embossing



On Saturday 26th October 2019 Devizes Lions will be holding an Arts Coaching Day where local primary school children in year groups 4, 5, 6 (ages 8 to 11) are invited to try one of several artistic activities that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. 

We believe the arts should be accessible to everyone. We would like to offer our local primary school children the chance to try something new – from contemporary dance to drama, felt-making to samba. This is the opportunity for children to have fun, doing something different.

You never know, you might find your new favourite hobby!

Lions will be visiting your school in June to tell you more about it.

Make a note of the date and watch this page for further updates.

Click on this link to download a copy of the poster to pin on your wall: 2019 Arts Coaching poster



Musical Theatre Easterton Village Hall
Disney Songs Easterton Village Hall
Samba Easterton Village Hall
Clay Tile Making Wiltshire Museum
Felt Making Wiltshire Museum
Metal Embossing Wiltshire Museum
Drama St Andrew's
Circus Hoops Devizes Scout Hall
Contemporary Dance Devizes Scout Hall
Street Dance Devizes Scout Hall
Cheerleading Devizes Scout Hall
Crochet Devizes Books
Knitting Devizes Books



Musical Theatre

Do you enjoy singing and performing? Then this is perfect for you! A morning filled with singing and movement to children's favourite musicals!

A short performance will be presented to parents at the end of the workshop.

Children should come dressed suitably, wearing dance shoes or trainers.


Disney Songs

If you love Disney and singing then this is for you! Come and enjoy a couple of hours of singing your favourite Disney songs!
We will sing a variety of songs, from golden oldies to the latest films. A short performance will be presented to parents at the end of the workshop.



OK! Who likes making lots of noise?
Really loud noise!

Learn how to play Brazilian percussion known as Samba! The workshop is a brief introduction to the world of rhythm, developing a sense of the beat and playing as an ensemble (in a group).
You will be able to play all the instruments used in Samba 
as the session will regularly swap turns so each instrument group can be played such as: Surdos, the largest drum in the band; Caixa, smaller, like a snare drum; Tambourim which is a drum you can hold in your hand and shakers.
By the end of the workshop you would learn at least three different rhythms and various 'breaks' to go with them, as well as the infectious playing of rhythm!

(Samba has a £5 supplement, payable on the day.)


Clay Tile Making

Design and make your own decorated clay tiles, based on mediaeval tiles in the Museum's collection, using red and stone coloured air dry clay. You can also look at the carved stone work we have in our mediaeval collections to create gargoyle faces in clay or small figures, or use printing foams and inks to print some of the tile designs you created.


Felt Making

Learn wet felting techniques and gain inspiration from Wiltshire landscapes and wildlife to create a felted book mark and picture. You can also make cards and picture using pre-prepared felt pieces and fabrics.
Get your hands wet and have a go!


Metal Embossing and Wire Work

Discover prehistoric treasures made from gold and bronze in our Museum galleries. Use these designs and patterns to make your own embossed and twisted metal pieces. You can make jewellery or use the embossed metal to decorate pictures frames or other shapes.



If you like to act, you will enjoy this creative workshop exploring characterisation and scene development. You will learn different ways to create characters and scenes in a fun way, whilst building confidence and making friends.


Circus Hoops

More than just Hula Hoops!
Hoop Dancing is an ancient art form first developed by Native American tribes; they would dance with multiple wooden hoops, telling tribal stories through their dance. Today, Hoop Dance is best known as a Circus Art, seen is shows such as Cirque du SoleiI. In this session, we are going to learn some hoop tricks and develop our own hoop routine.



 Contemporary Dance

This is not classical ballet but how to move gracefully with feeling.
The Limon technique was invented by Jose Limon in the 1930s. A student of Doris Humphrey (the mother of contemporary dance), Jose Limon created a technique that fought against the pristine of classical ballet. This movement is all about feeling; as Jose Limon said, "A gesture, be it a leap, turn, run, fall, or walk, is only as beautiful, as powerful, as eloquent as its inner source ..... Purify, magnify, and make noble that source". This movement focuses on the elements of fall and recovery, rebound, weight, suspension, succession, and isolation. lt is truly freeing. lt is about how dance feels within the body, rather than how it looks for performance.


Street Dance

You will find out how Street Dance originated in New York in the 1970s. Evolving on the streets of Manhattan and the Bronx, it was developed as an improvised, social dance form, reacting against traditional, high-art dance styles. Popular with African-Americans and Puerto-Ricans, street dance was used as "an expression of resistance and cultural identity outside of the mainstream" (Kerry Maxwell, 2018).
Through this session we will be exploring the history of Street Dance and how this affects Street Dance today.
You will learn how to put together your own street dance routine and show it off to the rest of the group.






Cheerleading is not just about shouting in time with others!

It began during the late 18th century. Students at this time rebelled against lecturers' harsh teaching methods by organising their own extracurricular activities. In the 1860s, students from Great Britain began to cheer and chant in unison for their favourite athletes at sporting events. Soon, that gesture of support crossed overseas to the United States. American Cheer learning was originally an all-male activity that started at Princeton University in 1877. lt was not until 1923, at the University of Minnesota, that women were permitted to participate in cheerleading.
In this workshop, you will learn about the history of Cheerleading, learn a routine and develop your own cheer choreography to perform to one another.




Learn how to knit a garter stitch square and find out about all the possible uses for it. You will leave the workshop armed with a starter kit, your first square and a great idea for your first knitting project.





Learn how to crochet using double crochet stitches in the round to make bird bunting. 

You will leave the workshop armed with a starter kit and your first bird with the knowledge to complete your project at home.




Then ask your school for an application form.  They will be available after we have visited your school in June.

Alternatively, you can download a copy here:  ApplicationForm.pdf

Remember to return it to your school by Friday 5th July 2019.

Devizes Lions acknowledge the generous support of Wayside Garage who have kindly sponsored this event.



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