Carnival Art Workshop
Those who were involved with the Schools Parade at Hat Fair 2013, will know that there is a huge amount of preparation work that goes into the event, from school children, workshop facilitators and teachers.
Last year, 300 school children and teaching staff paraded through the Winchester High Street, carrying (and wearing) fantastic pieces of artwork which they had made, based on the story Alice in Wonderland.
In 2014, Hat Fair will be 40 years old and to celebrate in style, we want to open the festival with a BANG. The School’s Parade to be bigger and brighter than ever!
Thinking ahead to Hat Fair 2014, we hosted a Carnival Art Workshop on Saturday the 23 November 2013, led by artist Nicky Gunson.
The workshop was an opportunity for Hat Fair staff to develop skills, which could then be transferred to primary school children for the making of artwork for the School’s Parade.
Extending the Opportunity
The workshop was also extended to the wider community. Local artists, teachers from local schools and students from Winchester University, were amongst the participants.
No Holding Back
Nicky guided us through the stages of how to work with willow and how to construct large sculptural pieces. Nobody took the easy option when creating their willow sculptures. A menagerie of willow creatures were made including a 6ft angel, a large moving fox puppet, a life-size shark and giant raven!
War Horse Puppeteers
The creativity didn’t stop there. On Sunday 24 November, puppeteers from War Horse delivered an amazing puppet workshop at the theatre for Young Theatre Royal staff. Lucky us!
We learnt how to bring any object to life, through manipulation; giving it breath, a voice and emotion through movement and are all keen to pass on these skills to the young people in our groups.