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