I’ll be returning to the delightful Dove Valley Activity Centre in the Peak District National Park to host a Kintsugi Workshop on Tuesday 2nd July 2019. Tickets cost £35 for the morning and include materials, tuition, and fabulous cakes!
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Kintsugi is the magical Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with gold. This workshop will involve learning some traditional and modern skills of repairing pots. The session will start with using handmade marbled paper, 24k gold leaf and gold thread as we learn about this ancient art. We will then work with a variety of ceramics which will be lovingly repaired using gold metal powder. Each piece restored will be unique and beautiful. This is a wonderful metaphor for life. The cracks and our experiences in life make us stronger, unique, precious and beautiful.
I wasn’t blessed with being good at art but that didn’t matter at all. Pippa is such a fabulous artist herself but a great teacher too and she enabled me to make something beautiful and learn about an age old art. The venue was stunning and the workshop a real joy. Can’t wait for the next one.”
That’s me! That’s right, in full Native American costume and sat in front of my tipi! I was invited to visit Saltney Ferry C.P. School in N.Wales to be the secret ingredient in their Wild West themed day. It was great fun! The children were so excited and responded really well to the traditional tales I shared.
I also got to feature some of my own favourite characters, The MiniYarns, in a little story about a cowboy who lost his hat. The children loved joining in by trying to come up with solutions for rescuing it from the top of a prickly cactus!
Activities included group mark-making sessions and also threading story beads and found objects onto string to serve as a mnemonic aid to storytelling. The children produced some beautiful art and performed superbly, being able to recall and retell even complex narratives. Everyone had a truly wild and western kind of day!
Thank you so much for Friday, all the children and staff loved it! Some of the Year 1s and 2s have even made story sticks over the weekend!” – Charlotte Luke, Headteacher
Had a fabulous day working with the lovely staff and children at Whinney Bank Primary School, Middlesbrough, last week. The children found out the secrets of where authors get ideas from, how to create amazingly brilliant beginnings, magnificent middles and exciting endings and the importance of showing-not-telling. They discovered the tools and tricks of how to get your story out of your head and onto the page. Using cool paper engineering techniques they created characters that popped out off the page!
Thank you for a wonderful day which the children thoroughly enjoyed. They were totally engaged in the story making session – as one boy said, “I’m enjoying this – and I don’t even like writing.” They were all highly delighted with their pop-up books and I am sure they will remember your visit for many years to come.” Gillian Cain, YR2 Teacher
I’m really excited about bees right now! The Co-operative College has commissioned me to produce a series of three picturebooks and an activity pack to help children in the early years to understand the basic principles of cooperation.
We are creating stories about a cute bee called Harmony who must learn to work together with her friends to get the jobs done – and also have some fun!
These resources will be used by nursery schools linked to the Co-operative College and also by the Rochdale Pioneers Museum. The original building on Toad Lane, which was used as the first successful “co-op” grocery shop in the 1840s, is now open to the public and to school groups.