Art Camp and the Melbourne Centre, York

One of the thing I love about summer are all the great art camps that pop up for kids. One such camp is Greg McGee’s (of According to McGee) Art Camp that he runs from the Melbourne Centre in York.

On the 28th July I was delighted to be invited to run a session and even more delighted that I could pick what I was going to do with the twenty or so children that we booked in that day.

I picked a couple of my favourite workshops; clay sculpture and textile collage.

I always use air dray clay with groups this young (5 – 11 years) as it’s easy to use, doesn’t need firing, washes out of clothes (although I always bring disposable aprons) and it’s a relatively cheap material so they can use lots (and they always do!)

That kept us all busy for the morning, with a fleet of lovely wee snails, fish, elves, totem poles and a myriad of other clay wonders being produced.

After lunch we set our sights on textile collage. I had boxes of fabrics, wool and general textile flotsam and jetsam available. The kids rummaged around and stitched and glued their resulting finds into lovely, hessian backed pieces of textile art.

The day was a great success with lots of smiles and lots of beautiful crafty bits created.

I send out updates, news and details of upcoming exhibitions every two or three months. I won't bombard you, but I'll keep you posted on what I'm getting up to.
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