CHILDREN and teenagers are being invited to take part in free art sessions at Skipton's Mill Bridge Gallery as part of the town's Skipton Now Festival.

As part of August's month-long festival, celebrating the town's heritage and culture, the gallery will be holding two informal art sessions.

The gallery's artist in residence, John Sherwood, will be sharing his ideas and inspirations, and children are invited to make sketches and collect materials to create their own artwork.

Skipton-based artist John, who moved to Skipton from London three years ago, paints and draws, makes photographs and digital art, and works with text.

His objective for his three-month residency at the gallery, housed in a 17th century canal-side building, is to work on his 'Amalgams' - collage-like compositions.

'Seeing and sketching, responding and recording' sessions are aimed at six to 16-year olds and will take place on August 4 and August 11 from 11am to 4pm. Based on John’s ‘Amalgams’, children will be able to sketch, photograph, and collect things that inspire them and discover how to turn their collections into pieces of art. Children should bring a parent and be prepared to take photos. All other materials provided.

Email to book a 1hr slot. Free of charge.