Bead making with my boys

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These beautiful necklaces are the results of yesterday’s craft session at home when we learnt how to make paper beads. It was research for my workshop at MKAC on Saturday 7th November, 10.30am to 12noon, it is free to attend and aimed at children aged 5-12 years with their parents. Come along and make a piece of your own jewellery to take home.

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26. October 2015 by Roze
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Baking and book binding

Busily rolling out sausages for bread plaits.

Busily rolling out sausages for bread plaits.

For the month of August, MKAC ran Power Plant, a programme of workshops celebrating  growing, making and eating. My four hour workshop began with making bread dough and then shaping it into plaited rolls. A life skill that is such a joy to learn. We used Tesco’s white bread mix which works beautifully every time. Whilst it baked we learned the basics of book binding by making these little A6 notebooks. There’s a great tutorial on Skillshare to show the technique we followed. A great group of MKAC kids and parents (as always) made the time fly, so much so I only got to take one photo.

It took about half an hour to make each book.

It took about half an hour to make each book.

My next MKAC workshops will be making beads from tightly rolled paper on 17th October and using woven paper to make A5 wallets on 14th November. Here are some images of the type of thing we’ll be making. Between then and now, I’ll be experimenting with my boys to find the best techniques.

UPDATE: I’m afraid there’s been a schedule rejig and now it’s just the bead making workshop on 7th November.

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07. September 2015 by Roze
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Jam jar worlds at dusk

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Bringing a splash of colour to a rainy Saturday morning. The Young Pioneers at Milton Keynes Arts Centre made an excellent job at surrounding their light filled jam jars with bright colours and all kinds of silhouettes that really got their imaginations going as they thought about secret worlds that appear when the sun sets. We need a dark space to see the full wonder of these lanterns, so keep them safe until the winter months set in folks.

This is my last workshop to accompany the current exhibition, The Winter Girls, by Hannah Brown, although Hannah will be leading next week’s final exhibition workshop before we take a break until 29th July when a brand new set of workshops will begin.

13. June 2015 by Roze
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Sticky fingers

I’m being quite spoilt by the amount of creative kids that are coming along to these workshops. Today we were designing and making animals with moving parts via a wooden clothes peg. A bit fiddly and a lot of glue stuck to fingers but also very enjoyable. Here are the pics:

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28. May 2015 by Roze
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Bird Houses #2

I tried to be objective and only include the group shot of bird houses from the end of yesterday’s session but I couldn’t help but share some other pictures too.

One grandma returned to the workshop again with her grandson, explaining that they had spent the whole week making a village of bird houses at home and they were still keen to make more.

The kids’ creativity from this workshop didn’t fail to enchant, with lots of proud smiles at the end results.

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24. May 2015 by Roze
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Fantasy Birdhouses

I was lucky to have such great kids and parents at my second workshop this weekend at Milton Keynes Arts Centre. For two hours I helped them to make fantasy bird houses together. Everyone went home feeling so proud of their creations that it gave me (and continues to give me) a warm, happy glow inside. I love these workshops.

The session starts with drawing up some plans and looking at research, then they build, then they introduce the birds to their new homes and then they share their creations. Here are the pics (there’s rather a lot this time):

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I missed the opportunity to photograph all of the birdhouses together but I’m running the workshop again next Saturday, so will get the chance to do so in 6 days time – there are still a few free places if you want to book on to next week’s workshop.

17. May 2015 by Roze
Categories: Art and craft projects, Art Group, craft for kids, Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Wellbeing, Workshops | 2 comments

Workshopping this morning

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I thoroughly enjoyed leading this Milton Keynes Arts Centre workshop with local children and their parents this morning. We learnt how to make a zoetrope animation device and then we experimented with making our own animations. Such pleasure was taken in each creation that it was a joy to watch.

 

18. April 2015 by Roze
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Papier mache at the ready

An unlikely pairing for ...

An unlikely pairing for …

for World book day.

for World book day.

Was very tempted to get Asda costumes but we had a lot more fun making our own.

05. March 2015 by Roze
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Making Lunch

Fresh from the oven

Fresh from the oven

10 minutes work from Mum

10 minutes work from Mum

10 minutes of creating from the boys

10 minutes of creating from the boys

Just adding the finishing touches

Just adding the finishing touches

A brisk skating session whilst we wait for our dough to rise

A brisk skating session whilst we wait for our dough to rise

After 20 minutes in the over, it's fresh bread for lunch - no we couldn't wait for the rolls to cool.

After 20 minutes in the oven, it’s fresh bread for lunch – and no, we couldn’t wait for the rolls to cool.

The last time I made bread, I was at middle school but I have a very fond memory of customising my rolls. This morning I used a 95p packet of bread mix and tried making some bread rolls again (30 years later), with a little help from the boys and I’m pleased to report (despite being a tad nervous of it all going wrong) it all went very smoothly and the bread tasted great. The boys had a good time too.

Our session has led to lots of ideas of how we could customise the recipe to contain all sorts of things; first up is muesli to create a fruit bread – might need to consult a few baking books first though.

17. February 2015 by Roze
Categories: baking, Simple Pleasures | 2 comments

Handmade Christmas

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A new approach to our cards this year, to match our new house and our new office.

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1. Begin by selecting some lovely papers in festive colours

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2. Hand a boy a star shaped hole punch and ask him to make 4 stars for each card.

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3. Having glued the stars in place, add decoration with gold thread on the sewing machine.

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4. Mind those fingers!

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5. Pull the ends of the thread through to the other side and tie in place.

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6. Ask the boys to doodle a festive image under the stars at the same time as writing their Christmas messages. We used a gold pen but black may have shown up better.

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And here we are, 36 homemade Christmas cards.

 

08. December 2014 by Roze
Categories: card making, Christmas | 1 comment

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