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Girl Diving

This project is based on the ‘Plinth People’ activity, devised by Paula Briggs, author of Make Build Create and one of the co-founders of AccessArt.

This wonderful project will need several sessions to complete. My art groups took six, one hour sessions to complete the sculptures, this included time at the beginning discussing the types of activities we were interested in and illustrating a pose connected to that activity.

I asked the students to think of something they liked doing, for example, swimming, dancing, reading etc. Students drew themselves partaking in their favourite persuit, paying attention to what shape their body would make doing the activity.

After this intial introduction, the students each made their plaster-of-paris plinths and began to create their figure, using wire, fabric and wool. Students could choose whether to paper maché or sew their sculpture’s head.

If we had longer on this project, the students would have made props for their figures, they enjoyed making them so much.






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Sock Puppets


I last made sock puppets with the Art Cabin students back 2010. Wow, how time flies!

I have to say the kids were super excited when I announced that we would be making sock puppets. You can see my orginal sock puppet making post here.

We mainly used textile and poster paint to decorate the puppets. I had a selection of pom poms, eye shaped stickers and googly eyes and as you can see from the photos, the children preferred the googly eyes. Pipe cleaners were rolled inside fabric to create bendy arms, I used the hot glue gun to attach these to the body as PVA just isn’t strong enough.

You might find these books helpful if you want to increase your puppet making knowlege. I especially like the Puppet Mania! book by John Kennedy, it’s from this book that we followed the instructions to create the mouth for this particular sock puppet project.



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AccessArt are giving you (and me) the opportunity to win this super book called ‘Make, Build, Create: Sculpture Projects for Children! Written by Paula Briggs and published by Black Dog Publishing. To find out about how to enter visit AccessArt.

Good luck if you decide to enter!

I bought the Drawing Projects for Children book, Paula’s first book and it’s super. A thick book full of inspiring ideas. It’s easy to follow with lovely big photos. It’s one of my favourites and I refer back to it often when I am organising drawing activites at the Art Cabin. To find out more about this book and to purchase it, visit AccessArt.



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