Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Young & Fun

In the next month Crafty Creatures is going to be working with young parents and their children in Children's Centres in Gateshead. This is part of their Young & Fun programme and I am really excited about working with parents to see how easy art can be done at home, using materials from our environment.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Parties Galore...

Over the next few months Crafty Creatures has lots of parties coming up. A variety of themes and combinations have been choosen, from seahorses and horses, to space and Cars.

Has this given you some ideas for you child's party? If so please contact me Nicola on 07966 297426 or email: nicola@crafty-creatuires.com to see how your child could have their own unique individual craft party.

Spennymoor Horticultural Show

At the weekend Crafty Creatures was asked to provide the crafts for families at the Horticultural Show, in Jubilee park, Spennymoor. Despite the rain, families came and made some fab garden inspired crafts, from a flying butterfly to a flowering garden. Take a look at some things that were made.

Young artists at Ushaw Moor Childrens Centre

We have also been working with children at the centre to explore crafts. Some of the children were fourteen months old, but it was great to see how even at a young age they can explore different textures and then create their own work. With encouragement a child can realise they have created something and feel a sense of achievement that comes with this. I think a favourite was in the desert's week when fake snow was used to create a snowy scene for animals that live in the cold, and in contrast when red powder paint and sand was used to create a picture for animals that live in hot deserts. Very messy but great fun!

A Summer of Art at Sacriston

Each week over the summer I've been working with children at Sacriston Community Centre to explore the world around us, and crafts were used to do this. A variety of themes have been looked at, some of my favourite themes or crafts have been;
the Rainforest, where a really colourful chamelion was made
famous artists, here the work of Newcastle born marine painter John Wilson Carmichael, Matisse, Picasso and of course the childrens own work on canvas were all explored
Clay fossils were created during the dinosaurs week, some of these were very sculptural in their design
When we were looking at architecture, we were off to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, magical Venice to explore the canals, the heady skyscrapers in New York and of course what a great street on our doorstep - Grey Street in Newcastle, with Grey's Monument towering over us at the top.
It has been lovely over the weeks to see the children's creativity really develop when exploring the different themes each week.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Roll up for the greatest crafts!

Yes, over the summer we were at the Circus with Libraries across North Tyneside. A big top, clown hats, clown faces and a lion puppet were all made by too many children to count! Lots of fun with sparkles, wool and for the authentic big top feel - sawdust was had by all. Thank you for a lovely summer of crafts.