Art after school, The Feast, the installation

Over the last four weeks we have been working towards our autumn feast installation at art club. We wanted to create an artwork that made us celebrate the fruit and vegetables available in the garden and countryside at this time of year and how they could be imaginatively prepared.

The children, very beautifully, laid out their collaged plates, handmade felt, recipe cards and very imaginative food sculptures on their hand painted tablecloth. Luckily we also had a batch of pear and almond cakes to share with our exhibition visitors.

Art after school: The Feast, feltmaking

Because the autumn leaves are so perfect this week I brought a selection along to inspire our felt making. The children spent a while observing the leaves and making sketches before starting. A lot of the children had made felt with me before and after trying a various hairstyles and facial hair with the wool roving they got stuck into the activity using coloured fibres, yarns and felt scraps to create some carefully observed and some imaginary leaves.

These photos are of the leaves before the rolling process . The children finished the session by making invitations to invite their parents to their feast exhibition next week.

After school art: nests

Rojo art, artists in schools
Handmade felt eggs

WP_000982Last art club before Easter and we just couldn’t resist the eggs. Liz brought along some rush for the children to weave into birds’ nests. She buys her rush from a lady in Bedfordshire who goes out to collect it in her boat.

We then showed the children how to used dyed wool fibre to create handmade felt eggs. Quite a few of them had made flat felt with us before and took a while to get used to going 3D. Once they got the hang of it though they quickly filled their nests and I think there were a few attempts at making felt birds as well.