Saturday, 19 February 2011

Hope you enjoyed making art today!!

Dear Children, Mums, Dads, Aunties and carers,
Sadly, this was our last arty Saturday for a while.
Thank you to all the mums/dads/aunties/carers for your kind comments and offers of help with leaflets and posters,  very much appreciated. Please keep checking this blogspot for news of the next course.

Most of all thank you to all you children who have worked so hard and made some fantastic art. I think you are all brilliant - well done, here are the photos, starting off with printmaking:

 Next we did some carnival mask making ....

finally, there was just time for a few extra bits and pieces ...

I hope to see you all after Easter.  Meanwhile, email me some photos of your work and I'll post them up or let me know what you're making.  It would be great to hear from you.  Send your photos and comments to me at:

Have a great half term break and keep making art!


Thursday, 17 February 2011

Hello Everybody!!!

A super clay pot holding glass pebbles and stones

A wonderful dinosaur scene
Well, last Saturday you were all so busy making, sewing, sticking, painting and drawing right to the last minute I didn't  manage to get photos of everyones' work - so sorry about that, but luckily I did get a few photos and here they are:

Someone was very busy with clay
What a colourful bird
What a cute sock friend
er ... I mean two sock friends

See you all soon,

Keep making art


Monday, 7 February 2011

Julie Arkell

Last week I was asked about making dolls, and I thought some of you might be interested to hear about a workshop that I went to a couple of years ago in London with a textile artist called Julie Arkell, here are some photos:

Firstly, we made the papier mache dolls.  Then using scraps of material we created the clothes.  Some of the clothes were made by stitching fabric together and some were glued together.

The one that I made is on the far left - some of you might recognise the ears I think I know a sock monster who has ears like this! Here are some more of the things we made:

We also made some brooches from cardboard and scraps of wool:

The flower brooches were stitched together from small pieces of fabric

I hope you've enjoyed looking my photos, if you'd like to find out more about Julie Arkell put her name into google images.  She also has written a book about her work.  

Julie sells her dolls all over the world and some of them cost more than £100 each, but if you really like them, I know you can make one just as good yourself  .... have a go!

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Well Done - You've All Been So Busy This Week - clay pots, dragons, dragons in pots, aliens, flying saucers, fish, watercolours .........

Every single person has done some fantastic work this week, we started out creating an undersea world, but that very soon led to other things, take a look and you'll see what I mean ....

But just a minute, I thought we were under the sea .....

Oh dear ...  this space ship nearly landed on a clay pot!

Phew!  Just missed it.

Clay pots ... and clay dinosaurs!

What a super cat in a hat!
This pot was carefully made using long coils of clay
Well done everyone - you all really did some super work!
Keep 'arting' see you all next week,

From Sue

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Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Have a look at this week's work ....

This week we were busy making mobiles, using clay shapes and wire lamp shade bases to hang the shapes from.  We started by painting the bases in bright colours using thick acrylic paint

Next we made a start on painting designs on the clay shapes
that had been made last week and left to dry
Here is some work in progress using gold and black acrylic paint

Collage pieces were added for extra sparkle

Some of the clay shapes ready for stringing together

Arranging shapes before stringing them together

Some of the shapes beautifully painted using black and gold

The Ginger Bread Men and Heart Mobile

Isn't it beautiful ?

Everyone worked so hard this week - brilliant!!
Finally, oh yes, there are more very friendly sock monsters...
What a sweet baby sock monster!

check out their knitted jumpers, that keep them very warm in this rather cold weather .... 

Phew! what great work you've all done this week, take care and see you next Saturday

From Sue 

P.S. Many thanks to my proofreader - you know who you are!