During the October half term holidays we ran three full day workshops for children aged 7 to 11 in costume design, physical theatre / contemporary dance and textiles. Each day 22 children worked with Laura, our Community Arts Development Officer, Louise, our Arts Development Officer, and two terrific workshop leaders, Alison and Helen.
On Monday we took part in The BIG Draw, a national event to encourage all types of drawing during the month of October. The children worked in groups to design and make costumes inspired by characters in Guernsey folklore. The results were fantastic with a startfish, a mutant shark monster, a mermaid, a man eating fish and an underwater princess being made, as well as a whole host of accessories! The children had a great deal of fun too, and were very keen to tell us what they thought:
I wish we did more things like this at school – Chloe, aged 8
Brilliant! 10 / 10 – Liam, aged 10
Tuesday’s session was all about dance and drama and was led by Ali Barnett, a local dance practitioner and teacher, who worked with Laura to create a very creative piece of dance theatre based on the story of Matthieu Tostevin, a Guernsey fisherman who was enticed into the water by some mermaids. The workshop began with a series of drama and dance exercises and games which got everyone thinking about making interesting shapes with our bodies. The children then worked in groups to develop their own movement patterns and pictures which were eventually integrated into the final piece, performed to Barber’s Adagio for Strings at the end of the day. Ali and Laura were really impressed with the children’s ideas and how well they worked together. The parents were impressed too by the workshop:
Thank you for doing the workshops – something really different, the girls really enjoyed them! (Mel, parent)
Fantastic – we need more of this in Guernsey. (Paul, parent)
October might not be the best month for spending time on the beach, but on Wednesday our workshop leader Helen Bonner-Morgan took everybody beachcombing on L’Eree Bay to gather items to use in our textiles workshop. During this session the children made their own looms and created a unique piece of textiles by weaving with a variety of manmade and natural materials. It was really interesting to see the different designs emerge over the course of the day, and everyone left the workshop with a completed piece and a new skill too!So all in all, a fantastic few days of exciting and creative workshops:
More please! (Sheila, grandparent)
This has been so much fun. I really enjoyed today – it was a real challenge. Thank you so much! (Corissa, aged 11)
I had a fab time and I wish I could do this every day. I would recommend it to everyone. (Grainne, aged 10)
My daughters thoroughly enjoyed their three days with you guys. They made some lovely new friends and really seemed to become engrossed in what they were doing. Their weaving was spectacular. Thank you to your and the team for everything. (Nicola, parent)
Watch this space for more workshops in the future!