The studio where I am based, Cross Corners Community Arts Centre is a beautiful place to run creative workshops. The lease for the centre is owned by the local school and, as part of our contract, all resident artists deliver a series of sessions to the school. This is an ideal opportunity for the resident artists to develop themselves professionally. I have delivered six sessions so far and it has been a challenge, but a good, positive one. I have delivered sessions to young children before but never to a whole class of almost 30. I have realised that it is best to keep things simple, relaxed and intuitive, but at the same time encourage effort by effective coaching. I like to link my teaching to what is happening currently in their classroom in the school. I strongly believe that creativity can stretch over all curricular areas and that arts and crafts help generate a creative approach to all other subjects and activities.
The past two weeks I have delivered sessions to year 5, children aged 9-10 years. They are reading a book by Colin Thompson called 'How to Live Forever'. It's a story about a boy called Peter, who lives in a library. We cut pennants from the pages of old books and the children where given a letter each to spell out the title of the book and invited to stitch their paper letter to their pennant: