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Happy Mondays: Free online creative workshops for students

Students can get their creative fix every Monday thanks to a partnership between LU Arts and LSU. Happy Mondays is a weekly programme of art-based workshops, currently held online due to Covid restrictions.

Open to all students, the free workshops are for every skill level, from complete beginner to those who have more experience in the craft. As well as learning a new skill, the workshops are a great way to relax and take some time out from your studies and you will come away with a handmade item to keep at the end of the session.

Many of this term’s workshops are being run by current students who are trained and employed by LU Arts as arts workers through the Creative Skill Share scheme. If you are interested in becoming an arts worker in the future, more information is available here.

For students living on campus, packs of materials will be available to collect to help you join in with the craft. You must email one week in advance of the workshop to request one of these packs and you will be sent details of when and where to collect it from. For other students, details of the materials you will need to take part can be found on the individual event pages (see below).

As well as the creative sessions, there will be a performance night to enjoy; Speech Bubble is a spoken word event, combining open mic slots with performances by professional poets – all streamed live via Zoom. You can express an interest in performing at this event by emailing




18 January, 7pm

Scribble and Focus

Discover how to combine drawing, mark making and mindfulness techniques.


25 January, 7pm

Decorate your own tote bag

Show off your artistic side and decorate your very own tote bag!


1 February, 7pm

Crochet your own scarf

Feeling chilly this winter? Wrap up warm and cosy with your very own handmade scarf!


8 February, 7pm

Chinese ink painting

Create your own paintings using this traditional Chinese painting technique.


15 February, 7pm

Repair, reuse and refashion

A fun and exciting workshop for students wanting to upcycle your wardrobes.


 8 March, 7pm

Finding your voice

Learn different skills and styles of writing, experimenting with techniques that will help unlock the power of your imagination.


22 March, 7.30pm

Speech Bubble

An evening of student and professional spoken word performances.


There will be further workshops on 22 February, 1 and 15 March. Details will be added to the LU Arts website once these are confirmed so please check there nearer the time for details or follow LU Arts on social media for updates.