Working in Early years education for the William Morris Gallery can be at times challenging. It certainly is a lot of fun Interpreting the adult world to digestible constructs through craft ( not to mention that it should be beautiful), games, song and food. Here are a few of things we have made over the last few sessions. The Walthamstow Toy library has been invaluable in helping with play toys. Those little crafters are just amazing. Enjoy!
William Morris garden displays their flowers.
William De Morgan Persian influenced colours paper mached into a plate.
Sinbad the Sailor's sail
A seafaring session of the 5th voyage of Sinbad and the flying Roc. William de Morgan Triptych tile of the galleon ship as inspiration
This weave was made a few session back, with artist Carolyn Abbott.
Spinning art on the decks
Scribble and smudge were busy over the summer with producing workshops for Playschemes at Church Hill nursery and Low Hall nursery. We usually create something with them to extend further play. This year we made lollipops and vehicles. These would be good to replicate at home, just simple materials around the house , paper plates, boxes, kitchen roll, and you're off.
The lollipops fired imaginative flavours, they talked about who to share their lollies with and also to play shops. Colours were layered, asking them as they went along what would that taste like? we used spinning techniques to make the swirls. Look how scrumptious they are. A good craft for a rainy day.
The following workshops we made vehicles with the playschemers, from cardboard boxes, kitchen rolls, with dowels, bobbins and mdf wheels. We asked them what would they like to travel in and they came up with all sorts of ideas, fantasy, real, vehicles to go somewhere or to take their toys in. Cars that were fast, cars that could race their friends and cars that looked "old". This workshop was good for a sunny day outdoors the cars, trains and automobiles were robust enough to race in the garden. Enjoy the photos.
It was a very soggy day for a festival at Alexandra Palace last weekend. But it didnt stop these little artists making the most swirlytastic pops! . Our winding machine made a come back for the magical swirls. Thank you to Kin for creating the machine.
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Thankyou for coming to our workshop. Enjoy the photos.