Felting down by the river

Here are some before and after pics of felt art created by children aged 5 – 11 at Watermans Arts Centre this half term.  We were lucky to be able to work in fantastic light in a space overlooking the River Thames. I was asked to evaluate the workshop which is always a useful exercise. For me, the highlights were how the children each approached the feltmaking in a unique way, exploring the materials, the medium and the process to create an individual piece of artwork. I encouraged the children to ‘have a go’ and risktake, so not to worry too much about creating a perfect picture but just to play around and experiment with their design. I had lovely feedback from the parents who praised the quality of the artwork and said how their children had enjoyed all the different stages involved.

volcano_design poppy's_design grace's_design

designing_felt-painting campfire_before_felting  Below are the ‘after pics’ following rubbing, rolling and ‘fulling’ – this is probably the most satisfying part – slamming the rolled up wet felt onto the table and often across the table at your brother in this case:

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