Winter Holiday Workshops (Event Announcement 2021)

Winter Holiday Workshops

For children aged 7 to 12. These workshops will be held from 9.30 to 3.30 (days listed below). Yes! You can claim your creative kids voucher for these workshops.

Join us for a day (or 4!) of connecting to nature through art and craft. Children will be guided to create and express their connection to the natural world through a series of wholesome experiences, and at the end of the day they will take home their creation.

Lead by experienced teacher and artist Karen Hope with artist Kirrilee Heartman and other educators on the grounds and under the trees of 1st Castle Hill Scout Group.

All materials provided.

Children bring their own lunch, morning and afternoon tea. No food will be provided.

Each day starts with a group greeting and clear explanation of the activities for the day, expectations of all participants and educators behaviour and housekeeping, including ensuring all participants fully understand how to avoid any risks and where to find help if needed. Children’s interests will be encouraged and listened to and as far as possible, the experiences will be child-led and will follow creative and scientific exploration.

Thursday 15st July 2021 EXPLORING BOTANY THROUGH ART #1

Morning Eco Dye on Felt Workshop  

This workshop asks children to connect to the natural world and express this connection through printing with leaves onto felt. Children will take a walk through the workshop grounds if weather permits and collect fallen leaves, learn the names of the plants and their role in the environment and develop their understanding of the importance of respectful interactions between humanity and the earth.

Children choose leaves and arrange on felt. They are guided through preparing these for chemical transformation using heat and pressure, to bond the tannins from the leaves into the felt.

Through this experience students build resilience and patience and develop their connection to the natural world.

Afternoon Mandala creation

Flower and leaf mandala arranging, in groups or individually. This meditative exercise in self expression supports design planning, mathematical concept exploration, fine motor skills and collaborative skills. Children work together or individually to explore the concept of transient art and further connect to the natural world.

3 to 3.30 unwrap eco-dye

Children to explore the chemical reaction of tannins and natural pigments on felt, wash their art and take home the finished product. Students can bring their felt back to sew into pouches the following day, or keep as is.

Friday 16th July 2021 Art with NATURAL FIBRES

Morning Felting Workshop

This workshop introduces children to working creatively with wool products to create a wet felted item to take home. The activity takes approximately two hours and begins with an introduction of where fleece comes from, with demonstration of raw fleece and dyed and carded fleece products.

Students will be making a wet felted placemat or picture to take home. Elements include selecting fleece colours for the project and instruction in how to lay out fleece ready for felting. Students will be guided through the wet felting process including knowing when their item is finished and the final washing stages.

Creative outcomes for this activity include learning about fleece and its history and processing, developing a creative sensibility, learning the artistic technique of wet felting, understanding the effects of hot and cold water on fleece fibres, developing fine motor skills through use of hands to make, developing of attention, focus and following step by step processes to complete a project, and creative thinking and critique through observation and discussion of everyone’s work.

Afternoon Sewing

A safe introduction to handsewing using blunt wool needles and thread. Children will learn a variety of stitches and will be supported to sew a finished project that will be taken home.

Children will practice and strengthen motor skills, develop their spatial awareness and develop skills in textile repair and creation.

September break SUCCULENT EXPLORATIONS register now

Morning Create Planters

Children will be guided to create pots and planters using recycled and upcycled materials. Children will be empowered to make positive change in the world by critically examining some of the practical ways that individuals can minimise landfill and make use of containers found in the home.

Children will be guided to make drainage holes in recycled food containers, cups and decorate planters while we discuss the needs of succulents and how to care for them at home.

Afternoon Succulent planting

Children will be shown the parts of the plants, their functions and how to care for succulents and other plants. They will choose cuttings and plant them in their planters.

Throughout this workshop students will develop their literacy, language and self-sufficency skills as they learn the basics of horticulture. These skills provide students with the confidence and basic understanding needed to explore gardening further and may encourage students to engage in gardening at home or school.

September break EXPLORING BOTANY THROUGH ART #2 register now

Morning Monochrome (Gell Print) print cards

This workshop includes your own print making materials: a gell plate and roller to take home and continue exploring with. Retail cost for this is $65.00 and is included in the cost of this workshop!

Children will be taken on a walk through the workshop grounds if weather permits to collect fallen plant materials and will be able to select from a collection brought from Karen’s home. Each child will use a small gel printing plate and instructions on how to apply acrylic paint, compose a design and print cards.

Children will learn about the plants they have selected and will practice complex motor skills and develop design and composition skills. They will have the opportunity to express their creativity and develop their connection to the natural world. Botanical terms will be used to extend student’s language and understanding.

Afternoon Salt dough pendants

Children will further experience natural materials and explore print making using leaves, flowers and other recycled and naturally found textures to create pendants using salt dough.

Children will roll dough using rolling pins, shape with molds and press flowers, leaves or upcycled materials into the dough, which will be baked by educators.

Children will paint the baked pendants with watercolour paints.

Through this experience, students will explore a variety of plant materials and partake in creative expression. Students will develop fine motor skills and build resilience and patience.

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