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As you can imagine, when children have brush in hand and a selection of rainbow coloured paints to their disposal, it can get wild. There was no exception when our young artists applied the finishing touches to their clay sculptures. The studio atmosphere was frenzied with a constant background calling of  “I need more yellow, ….. no blue…. now red….etc”, this was truly an operation of colour, performed by  young ‘surgeons’.

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The young artists (aged between 5-11 years) have produced the most amazing sculptures.

Next week they will apply acrylic colour to them if they so wish to.

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Art Cabin is awarded £500

The Parish Council has granted the Art Cabin £500 to help buy art materials. A ‘shopping list’ will be compiled in the New Year, I am hoping to buy printing rollers & inks so that we can experiment with mono-printing.

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Whilst making batches of salt dough on sunday afternoon (in a rush, as I had to go to my niece’s birthday disco), one gets pensive…….. at what point did I think this would be a good idea!

The recipe is as follows:-
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of table salt
1 cup of water

Mix the flour and salt, add the water gradually, kneed for 10 minutes, put in fridge for 20 minutes, then make up your design…… but beware… keep your dough to less than 1cm thickness and make molds out of card/masking tape for thicker designs and then cover with the dough (get a book from the library for thorough tuition). Then bake on a very low heat until hard ……… this seemed to take hours & hours! Coat your design with watered down PVA glue, leave to dry , then paint using acrylics. Finish off with a coat of varnish.

This week the children began to make xmas decorations. We had plenty of Christmas themed shape cutters, each child had a batch of dough …. and after a frantic hour of business, the children had produced some interesting Christmas shapes!

Lyn and I duly took these home to bake for what seemed like a week.

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Monday is probably the worse day of the week to have a birthday. It’s not right to celebrate before the event, and the weekend seems so far away ……  Anyhow, I decided I would take a few fairy cakes to the Art Cabin to share out and Lyn bought some scrummy chocolate for us to nibble while we spent the morning preparing for the art club and collating all the information necessary to enter The Big Draw Competition. The prize money  (if the Art Cabin was selected) would pay for so much equipment which is dearly needed if the proposed projects (printing, paper-making, mosaic, clay work, to name but a few) are to go ahead.

So this week, the Tudor portrait and MacBeth costume collages progressed. There is more ‘BLING’ on those pictures than Liberacé and  Mr T put together. The Tudors would have been proud!

The after school club was very relaxed, quite a few children were absent, so the noise level was considerably reduced. The children learned about shading and midtones and finished their fantasy castle pictures.

The fairy cakes were a hit with the children and I did have a nice birthday!

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With the arrival of the furniture, the Art Cabin is ready to ‘Rock N Roll’. I’m amazed at the transformation, and can’t quite believe that back in March, this space was a cold, uninspiring, storage unit .

The art club which begins after half term is full, (and there’s a waiting list).

I am busy planning creative workshops, not only for children but for adults too (more on this subject will be posted at a later date).

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Wasn’t the weather nice on Saturday?  It was just what we ordered!

There was a fantastic turnout and the Art Cabin came alive with the hustle and bustle of people getting their hands dirty (literally). I had a hunch things were going well when I saw a row of boys sitting at the desks, pens in hand, concentrating on their artistic doodles, occasionally checking out each others work and laughing.

Mr Disbrey was in charge of the clay area, visitors really enjoyed making thumbpots and sculptures. The sand pictures were a favourite too, some of the art produced from this medium was amazing. The doodling, fingerprinting caricatures and computer enhanced self portraits created lots of laughs. Putting earphones on and listening to some thought provoking music, which you then had to draw using charcoal, created some wonderful results.

It wouldn’t be an art day without some mess, and this was achieved with zeal in the hand-painting on vinyl corner. Despite the screams of laughter and the bucket load of green sludge coloured paint left over, there were some extraordinary Jackson Pollock style art painting to admire.

When it was time to pack up we still had a full house, but many hands make light work and my heartfelt thanks must go to everyone to stayed behind to clear up and to Brigitta who took some wonderful photos of the artwork produced. Quite frankly the day couldn’t have gone any better.

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