Last week we had the last Wednesday Kid’s Art Club session before the summer holidays. The kids had free reign to make whatever they wanted using any of the materials in the Art Flat. Plasticine seemed a popular choice, with some of the younger ones making models, and the older ones making muti-coloured marble effects.
The Wednesday Kid’s Art Club has been our most successful set of workshops in the flat so far, with a good turnout each week, regular faces and a wide reach in terms of the kids we reach. The balance between structuring the workshops around a specific technique or desired outcome, responding to a particular theme – usually local heritage – and allowing the children to have some ‘free making’ time seems to work well.
We feel it is important to offer the children a solid introduction into the arts, providing a space to talk about creative techniques as artists, allow them to explore a sense of identity and expression, both personally and in terms of place, and to have some messy fun with arts materials.
We’ll be back in around 6 weeks time after the summer holiday with our regular sessions. RIG Arts will also be offering some summer workshops for children, so make sure to check back to the blog, as well as our Facebook Page here.