We currently offer the following Art and Puppetry workshops – Mask making, puppet making, boardgames from different cultures, freestyle craft workshops with found objects, Collage, Murals, Microscopy workshop (using a microscope to look at pond water ect)
All of our workshops are tailored for cross curricular learning with topics such as; World culture, recycling, animals from around the world, space/the future, The Romans, The Greeks, Knights etc
Creative play is empowering for children, it allows them to externalise their own personal universe. It allows them to celebrate their ability to mark and affect the world around them, and develop their ability to communicate expressively. Important curricular elements can be introduced to children in an engaging way that will help them absorb information.
Activities such as puppetry, mask play and boardgames help shy children to develop and interact with other children. They are also a good basis from which to explore the creation of narrative and story telling. This in turn assists the development of communication, empathy, critical thinking and debating skills, moral development etc.
Objects can help children learn about shapes and textures. The structure of many natural objects can be used to educate about mathematical principles, seashells and pinecones for example. Children can develop an appreciation of nature in a hands on way and about the environments each object comes from. With man made objects such as cereal boxes, milk bottles, old clothes etc, children can explore the concept of metamorphosis, turning one thing into another. Unlocking potential in things that are thrown away, thinking about the extent to which many people waste material.
Working with found objects encourages children to look more closely at the world around them, and to start seeing it as a tool set for their creative exploration.
Meet our experienced Art and Puppetry workshop teacher, Joel, here.