Crafts for Kids with Anita

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These items were created on small group workshops.

Over the past few years my experiences have included teaching  Family Learning course for families at Richmond Adult Community College (Shaftsbury Arts Centre), papier mache street workshops at Twickenham Festival and at the RACC Art tent at Richmond Fair in 2004, workshops in schools and private parties.  I have worked with local primary schools, GCSE students and local clubs and groups.

My workshops are extremely successful and families or children can work together on a range of projects from constructing The London Eye to the FA Cup, a pair of ballet shoes and bugs. . I am very happy to visit your school, hall, college, library  or home to run a papier mache workshop.  This can include a demonstration.  Ideally there should be 2 visits to allow the newspaper to dry.  However a simple shape or animal covered in tissue can be achieved in 2-3 hours.

I will show you how to make your own glue and take you through the various stages required to complete your piece.  This is the best craft for kids available.  I have produced papier mache workshops at many London and Surrey and have put on private birthday parties and workshops.

Anyone can do this art form.  Some children as young as 4 or 5 can start papier mache, but for an entire class of all abilities, 6 or 7 is an ideal age to get to grips with the technique. It is only really from the start of Junior school that children can paint a design with any accuracy.  However if younger, dots and sponges can complete any piece very effectively.

If you want a workshop for  a party then I may need to prepare bases ready to paint.  It depends on the time you have available.  Why not have a couple of sessions?  Craft for kids that ends with a stunning wall hanging, angel fish or butterfly. 

It is possible to cover their artwork with tissue in the one session to produce a finished item.

Here are two examples of previous workshops:
To view a selection of other classes I have run, please click top Previous Children's Workshops

London Eye Workshop

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This was an full day workshop for Year 6 students (10-11 years old).  I constructed the frame prior to the lesson and the children created and attached the pods, ticket office, bridge and Houses of Parliament.

Papier Mache Workshops for ChildrenI also provided information about the London Eye along with handy hints on how to create papier mache sculpture. This was loaded onto a special CD and given as part of the workshop.

Papier Mache Workshops for Children

Having created the sculpture with my help, the children then painted it over a number of lessons under the tutorledge of their art teacher who kindly fowarded photos of the finished art work to me.

If you would like to see more examples of my children's workshop, please click top Workshop Gallery

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Fairy and Sprites Workshop based on Spiderwick

This was held over one day with two sessions each for two Primary school groups of girls. Although we used the school paints, I provided wire for the armatures and all the tissues, glitters, feather and other embellishments to create the diverse and creative sprites.

Papier Mache Workshops for Children

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If you would like to see more examples of my children's workshop, please click top Workshop Gallery

My Background

I studied Mexican Papier Mache sculpture for three years at  the Shaftsbury Art College. The course was taught by a Mexican artist who was one of Frida Kahlo's students.  My  tutor had the opportunity  to study papier mache sculpture skills whilst working with Felipe Linares.  It was Pedro Linares  (his father) who invented the "alebrijes"; those fantastical papier mache creatures indigenous to Mexico.

I work part time at a secondary school supporting special needs children and have a lot of experience of looking after and inspiring children of all ages. I am happy to provide workshops at schools,  school clubs with home learners and at colleges. I can supply references and for your assurance when working with children, I am CRB checked.

If you are based in or around London, you can commission a workshop. Treat your class to a special session of craft for kids with a papier mache display lesson. Courses start at as little as £75.00  if your provide all the materials. Day courses and distances to commute may increase charges.

Please email (anita@driftwood-dreams.co.uk) for more details.

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