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.
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.
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.
On Thursday we spent the day with 30 children attending the theatre’s drama week. Their theme this year was time travel and we started the day with a large shared drawing imagining travelling to the year 4013 where a new species has evolved: part human and part alien visitor. The children drew the futuristic world then using collected plastics they created disguises to help them accomplish their mission undetected.
The disguise on the right has a special secret giant eye.
During November we worked with children from Elveden Primary, Norwich Road Primary and USAF Mildenhall to make an installation for the Electric Forest event at High Lodge in Thetford Forest. The children collected used plastic bottles and using cutting and threading techniques transformed these into enormous imagined plants. The plant was named the Junklecreeper and a story emerged about a new invasive species that grew out of the plastic bottles thrown into a pit in the forest.
After we installed the artwork Phil Supple and his team designed lighting and and a soundscape for the experience. Thousands of visitors visited Electric Forest through December to enjoying the stunning light installations and the opportunity to be out in the forest after dark.