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Workshop: The Fox and The Wild

As a total collage convert I was pretty hyped for my Read! Make! Play! workshop this weekend based on Clive McFarland’s completely beautiful cut out and collaged picture book The Fox and The Wild.

To help spread the word about my latest drama + craft residency at The Bright Emporium I’ve been making tiny gif adverts for each new workshop. Check out this week’s result!

Fox and The Wild

Each workshop uses drama and creative play to re-tell the story from our featured picture book. We then take everything we have learned as inspiration for our own picture book pages. Everyone gets hand crafted pictures from the book and we set about cutting, sticking, drawing, colouring and even writing, depending on the age of the session.

One of the highlights of The Fox and The Wild drama sessions was Bird! A super simple cardboard puppet, each child took turns flying bird around the space while the rest of us watched. With some children as young as two, it turned into a completely lovely impromptu performance that all of us, parents included, really enjoyed watching!

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In order to create their new picture book pages, each child is given a little selection of cut outs from the story to use as they wish. This time, I was set on providing tiny orange paper foxes and grey birds for everyone to use. I hadn’t really considered what I’d let myself in for…! Sticking individual paper eyes onto foxes and birds and sewing furry costume fox tails may have taken ALL DAY SATURDAY (!) but it was SO completely worth it to see all the amazing artwork each cut out inspired!

Of course, with legions of tiny fox tail wearing artists running around, I totally forgot to take enough pictures 🙁 Take a look at a tiny selection below, plus some really nice tweets.

I’ve only got one more Read! Make! Play! workshop booked for 2016 now. It’s based on Poles Apart by Jeanne Willis and Jarvis and taking place on Sunday 27th November. BUT I am very excited to say The Bright Emporium and I will be continuing our lovely creative workshop partnership for 2017! We’re yet to finalise the dates, but when I have them, they’ll go up HERE 🙂 🙂 🙂

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