Sunday, 24 June 2012

Children's Clay Workshops

Setting Up
During the Leigh Art Trail we held some children's clay workshops - which proved quite popular!

However, I was VERY VERY scared!  I'd never done anything like this before and didnt really know what to excpect!  What if they hated me? What if I dont know what to say or do!?...
For the first session we only had one little boy, who was a little bit shy!  He didn't want to get out of his pram, so Mummy had to do the workshop with us until he finally plucked up the courage to come to the table.  Good job he did, because he created some great quirky little clay faces - a whole family of them.  He really got involved pushing string into the clay for their hair and squishing round balls for noses and eyes.  Very creative! 

The second group was much bigger, but after the morning's session I had relaxed a bit, and realised it's just meant to be a bit of fun to encourage the children to play and use their hands!

We had SEVEN in the second group! Yes, SEVEN!  Looking back I think that was probably too many for the space, but I live and learn.  The age range was very big too - 3 1/2 through to 10/11 year olds.  Ive learnt again, to perhaps do a smaller age range - 4-7 and 8-12 or something...

Anyway, had a really lovely time showing the kids how to make some little animals, bowls, plaques and generally just messing around with the clay.  Kids can be incredibly imaginative!

Here are some snaps of the little'uns work.  We were thinking about showing them in the gallery at some point - a little claim to fame for the kids, I'm sure they'd love to see their handiwork displayed on a plinth!?

We are hoping to hold more of these due to the great response, perhaps over the summer holidays.  Interested?  Get in touch!

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