I said in my previous post that this is a great workshop for learning both new skills and developing ones that have already been acquired, and I thought that I’d take the time to elaborate so you can really see what your child could be learning whilst having plenty of fun too!
The aim is quite simple to produce a piece of wall art of an animal using textiles in a collage. But there are several steps along the way that will introduce new skills to many children.
Each child will start with a white square of fabric and a sheet containing all the pieces to form the animal. The first job will be to cut the template out and look at how it fits together.
We will then move on to thinking about different fabrics and how changing the colour, texture or even using a non-textile material such as plastic or paper, can have different effects. We’ll also start to think about how embellishments, using buttons, ribbons or again non-textiles (bottle tops, cardboard), can be added for more detail.
Then it’s time to lay the template pieces on the fabric and attach using pins and cut out.
I will demonstrate how simple stitches can add detail or be used to attach the fabric pieces to the backing fabric. Or alternatively fabric pens may be used to draw on the fabric and add details and glue to attach everything together.
It will then be up to the children to get creative and assemble everything. I will assist and offer input where necessary. I hope that each child will then produce something unique that they are proud off and take home some new skills.
Some further points:
- There is an emphasis on recycling and re-purposing in this workshop. Using up leftover fabric and reusing materials and items that would otherwise end up in the bin is something that I think is important. Plus it teaches children to be creative and crafty with things that are free in our homes.
- In my teacher training and time teaching I learnt how to keep children safe whilst using the scissors, pins, needles etc. and will continue to use these techniques during the workshops.
- Where possible I will adapt and change the activity for the group and individuals, if your child is already great at simple stitches I will show them how to do some embroidery stitches, if your child struggles with a needle and thread I will help them out and make sure they have other ways of putting their image together.
If you do have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me, you can send me an email to email@example.com and if you’ve not already book a place here!