Holiday Workshops: Use recycled materials!

At my workshop, I always try to use as much recycled instead of expensive material as possible. It’s not about the money, really, it’s more about the freedom that comes with it.

Firstly, it helps with the creative leap: “it used to hold eggs – but it looks like it could make a good giraffe’s neck”

Then, when you use cheap, and easily available material, you don’t worry so much about spoiling it – and you’re more ready to experiment. All the better if the children bring the material themselves. Then, they carry some of the responsibility towards the success of the workshop (Auntie Jane spotted the workshop, Dad payed for it, Mom brings me there, but I must remember to bring my material), and enjoy it more.

It’s an attitude. It’s not like you’re going to save the planet by using a red plastic milk bottle caps to make the nose of your creature instead of store-bought pom-poms. But you’re on your way because it means you’re thinking twice about all this spare stuff you have and all the garbage you generate. Thinking about it goes a long way. In your eyes, red plasic bottle caps suddenly become a rare and expensive commodity. You learn to re-evaluate how much you value what you own.

That is also why it’s worth making things yourself. Hmm… I’m talking simple things here. But if you make them yourself, you are likely to keep them longer rather than throw them away and replace them when the fashion changes.

Of course, most of the objects made from recycled material eventually end up in the bin… but the recycled material will have had a second life awakening someone’s emotions as art can do. In that second life it will have raised a child’s awareness of how most materials come from a limited resource (such a hard concept to understand when there is no direct economical need to reuse!).

So, with that in mind, I will have participants bring some of the materials in each of the holiday workshops this season.

Holiday Program

Every Tuesday afternoon (from 27th May to June 17), at my workshop, there will be a different activity. Most are tailored for the 7 and above and you can sign up for all for a complete experience. However, all activities are independent from each other, so you can sign up for one or two only.

Activities for the 7 and above:

Book-making, Print-making, Painting (Fun With Paints, see below), and Polymer Clay Jewelery.

Activities for the younger ones (from 5 years old, but NOT 4 years old):

Fun with Paints on the Tuesday 10th of June (2-4pm). Similar to Paper Decorating, children will use a variety of technique to produce abstract patterns on papers. These can be used to be framed, cut up into postcards, for collage, … or for the Notebook-making workshop the following week (June 17).

Activites at the STPI on Saturday afternoons:

Printmaking, T-shirt Printing and Bookmaking on the theme of the current Matisse exhibition. Sign up directly with them.

Check the full schedule for May, June or July.

Do sign up early, it really helps with the organisation of the workshop. Registrations close one week before the event. How to Sign Up.

About Isabelle Desjeux

Scientist since 1991, Mother since 1996, Full Time Artist since 2000, Part-Time Art Inspirer since 2002.

Posted on May 7, 2008, in Art, Children, Creativity, Environment, Events, polymer clay, Printmaking, Recycle. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I have always been a big supporter of recycled crafts. We have big bins of ‘junk’ that the kids are allowed to make whatever they want with. As a result, they are creative and resourceful, things that you are teaching as well. Well done!

  2. Greetings from Sandy Chia,writer from Eternity Publishing.

    We are doing a family workshop issue for July edition. We found that the workshop you have organised suits to our topic and we are interested to cover these activities in our “where 2 go” magazine.

    We really appreciate if you can send us more information about (holiday program and drawing lesson from July to September) or the book making workshop for family and high resolution images for publishing purposes .

    How much it would cost a family (2 adults and 2 children) to join the workshop. What is the most unforgettable moments you have with parent and child during the workshop?

    Hope to hear you soon. Thanks.

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