The International Greetings Exchange

A morning with families in Arbury Library sharing ways of greeting a friend and making wearable words with the wonderful badge making machine. Above is the greeting exchange board.

It was interesting how many conversations started, the activity appeared to help non-english speakers get involved in the workshop chat. Also, children, initially reticent to acknowledge their parents language, added the greetings to the exchange board and made their badge with great pride. I wonder how this could be developed further?

Big Red Art workshop at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

A speedy art activity for under fives between performances of The Big Red Bath at the Theatre Royal. We brought along a multitude of red materials and a vast quantity of red dough and invited the children to create a small red creature that might live in the big red bath. Bubble wrap was a great substitute for bath water and someone even added shower fittings to their creation.

We really enjoyed running this activity which felt process driven, visually appealing and really easy for the children to engage in, with or without their parents.

Found Faces, Art and Storytelling at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

We came away from this morning’s workshop at the theatre really inspired by the way the children had responded to an integrated art and storytelling approach.

 

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Studio Sunday, Kettles Yard

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Horse chestnut shell with berry inside

Really enjoyable family drop in session this afternoon. Inspired by the Sophie Ricketts photography exhibit the families braved the sudden wintry weather and explored the churchyard with magnifying lens searching out objects that would normally be passed un-noticed. Back in the studio these objects became large artworks sometimes encompassing imagined elements such as fairies that can only be viewed through a lens.

Alien life with Robins, Pre-School Children’s Centres

The under 5’s and their parents explored clay and textures and found objects to create alien like creatures and their home planets. One of the aliens was a cheese eater who fed from a cheese volcano and another lived on a pea planet: it was fascinating listening to the children talking about the habitats of their aliens.

Working with Suffolk County Council.