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Exploring, Recording and Getting Messy with Materials

by James on July 29th, 2011

This week I ran a day’s workshop for Salisbury and South Wilts Museum at Bemerton Heath in Salisbury, using natural materials on paper to support local people to make images about where they live, and have a play with some unusual materials.

We offered them liquid clay in grey and terracotta, chalk, charcoal and whatever they could find in The Folly, a local patch of woodland.




It was one of the Museum’s outreach sessions run for the local Community Centre, and it was popular with people of all ages coming along and exploring the materials, the local environment and their own bodies!

Also this week I ran a workshop for The Wonder Tree holiday club, a club offering creative outdoor activities for children in Salisbury over the summer. The club is based at St Martin’s Primary School, which has great outdoor space.

We made simple sketchbooks/journals with recycled card, various paper and string and then used a range of media to document the local wildlife…. drawing with early blackberries, searching for spiders and woodlice, and layering drawings, prints and collected objects together with transparent pages. A really lovely morning.











In both workshops it was all about enabling people to explore their own ideas as individuals and as part of a group, finding the beautiful in the everyday and having fun with their own creativity, within the context of their local environment.

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