Welcome to Online Alice!
This will be a space where you can access resources for activities you can do from the comfort of your home. We are unsure at the moment about when we can safely open back up to the public, and realise that for some of our customers it could be a while before they feel they are able to safely come back and join the activities at the centre.
Over the last 4 months we have been doing this through our facebook group, but we are now in the process of transferring those resources on to this site. So please watch this space!
If you have any resources that you would like to share with us you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Navigating the online world can be daunting to begin within, but once you get to grips with the various platforms out there, you have a whole world of resources right at your fingertips.
Attending online activities could a lifeline for many. It will help you stay connected with friends, family and other people, allow you to learn new skills, and share skills and tips you might have. Many of the activities online are also free, but there are also safe and easy ways (such as paypal) to pay for activities online.
The Co-op have produced a handy simple guide on how to attend online activities. Click here to read it.
There are many different platforms that are used by event organisers to hold “live” events. These include:
Many of these platforms will require you to set up an account. It should be fast and straightforward to set up user accounts via their respective control panels. If in doubt you can refer to help screens, or support pages of the platform you are using.
User accounts will require you to choose a suitable username and password. Passwords should be strong and as difficult as possible to guess, preferably with a mixture of numbers and letters. You should also try to use different passwords for each account you open, which will reduce the likelihood of the passwords being “cracked”. Be careful where you store your passwords; use a secure notepad somewhere and keep it away from your computer or tablet. Never share your password with anyone else. If you share your computer with others then always make sure you log out from the platform you are using when you have finished.
Age UK have published a handy guide to all things online. You can read that on their website by clicking here.
The Friends of the Elderly have produced this handy, short guide to social media for older people. You can download it by clicking here.
Further information about the safety features of the popular social networks is available from the UK safer internet centre here.
Active Alice at Home
Our Active Alice at home page has a selection of exercise resources for you to look at. To view this click here.
Monet’s house and gardens
Claude Monet is lauded as the the founder of the French Impressionist movement, and famous for his 250 water lily paintings.
In March, Time out magazine alerted us to news that the Fondation Claude Monet is offering a virtual tour of Claude Monet’s idyllic, rural French house and gardens, where he created many of his most celebrated works. The house is situated in the Norman village of Giverny, but the powers of the internet can take you there in a click of a button!
Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul and virtual art exhibition
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter known for her self-portraits and work inspired by nature and Mexican artefacts. In recent years her work has become very popular, and her image is popping up all over the place (which is ironic since she was a staunch communist and would probably resent her image being used to sell just about anything!).
Fridha Kahlo was born in the Coyoacán district of Mexico city in the house known as the Casa Azul (Blue House). It is here where she created most of her works and where she died. Her story is quite tragic. As a child she contracted Polio, then later on was involved in a terrible accident which left her severely disabled and in constant pain for the rest of her life. She painted many of her paintings from her bed, using mirrors to paint her self portraits. She famously said “I am my own muse”.
Thanks to modern technology you can now visit the Casa Azul virtually by clicking here
The tour takes you around the house, letting you explore her living quarters, the famous yellow kitchen where Leon Trotsky came to tea, and her bedroom where she spent many years in convalescence.
For a closer look at the many faces of Frida Kahlo through her life, art and legacy and a chance to view 800 world by the Mexican artist click here.
To learn more about Frida Kahlo, click here.
From the sublime to the ridiculous?
Have you every wondered about the representation of Cats in art?
Look no further! The Universal Museum of Art had compiled an online exhibition exploring the history of Cats in art. The Exhibition is spread across 4 virtual rooms of a fictional Parisian style house, and includes 75 works from Ancient Egypt to modern day, including works from Manet, Renoir, Delacroix and Courbet. Purrfect for cat and art lovers.
Click here to view this exhibition.
A collection of classics
View classical paintings from Artists such as Van Gogh, Pierre Bonard, Gaugain, and Picasso in this online collection.
Click here to view.
Google Arts and Culture
Google arts and culture is an excellent resource. It allows you to explore collections, artworks and places from over 80 countries. The link below will take you there, and you could end up spending weeks, if not years investigating the vast collections.
You can even take the experience further by viewing things in Augmented reality, which uses tools such as 3d photography to give you a sense of “being there”.
Click Here to visit the site.
Andy Warhol at the Tate Modern
Join the Curators at the Tate Modern, George Muir and Fiontán Moran, as they talk you through this 7 minute tour of the Andy Warhol exhibition. Andy Warhol was an American Artist, film director and producer famous for leading the Pop art movement.
You can also read all the text panels which accompany the exhibition.
Click here to visit the Tate Modern.
Read more about Andy Warhol here.
More resources coming soon!