Our annual Spiral Arts trip out took us to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, in Wakefield. We had a lovely cold day and saw some great art, including Fiona Banner's rotating helicopter wings and Ursula von Rydingsvard's giant cedar pods.
Just before Christmas, Rosehill School came and spent 4 days with us at Grove Lodge creating paper mache sculptures for their Gruffalo project. We all had a busy time creating fir trees and decorations as well as some life-size characters from the story. Well done and thank you to artists, Claire and Kate, who joined us to deliver the workshops. We hope to get some photos on the blog soon.
We were successful in bidding for a Tesco Community Grant in November and delivered a project with the young people at the Madeley Youth Centre on Rosehill Street. We delivered 4 sessions to create batik Christmas cards and screen printed t-shirts and tote bags. All the artwork was created to sell at 2 local arts and crafts markets in the run up to Christmas. We had a stall at the Guildhall Arts and Crafts Market and also one at the Mickleover Christmas Fair. We raised over £120 in sales and the young people and youth leaders helped on the stalls too. We were very pleased with the workshops, and we know that the youth group enjoyed the experience. We are hoping to work with the group in the new year towards some spring activities.
We have enjoyed working with the Sangam Ladies Group creating tote bags and printed tea towels. They have loved having the opportunity to create their own artwork using their own designs. They have learnt batik, embroidery, and textile printing. Hopefully we will be back again soon working with them again.
We had a couple of making days at Grove Lodge in the Arboretum Park with families over half term. We made pop up witch puppets and shadow puppets. Grove Lodge looked great with the spooky shadows at the window.
We spent a day working with families in the hayloft at Erewash Museum to create Divali arts and crafts. We first made clay divas decorated with shiny beads and sequins and then in the afternoon we made mini rangoli patterned boards using coloured sand and glass beads. We had some wonderful designs.