Children’s Workshop at Wallsend Festival July 2013 in North Tyneside, UK


I had the pleasure of returning to the annual Wallsend Festival. I lead a free, creative drop-in workshop for children under 13s (although a few over 13s snuck in at the end!).

Workshop poster with example of fish kite

The theme for this years workshop was Japanese fish kites. In Japan these kites are flown on children’s day and it was nice to borrow some international inspiration especially as The Wallsend Festival continues to grow each year.

Wow! Unique creations demonstrating developing art and design skills. Photography by kind permission of parents/guardians.
Wow! Unique creations demonstrating developing art and design skills.
Photography by kind permission of parents/guardians.

The fish kites are symbolic of the notion of perserverance. The koi carp in Japan represents many different ideas and qualities but at the workshop I highlighted the idea of always trying our best and the young artists who tool part  demonstrated this principle!

Creative energy was put to good use. Photography by kind permission of parents/guardians.
Creative energy was put to good use. Photography by kind permission of parents/guardians.

There were two fish kite template sizes available to choose from but most plumped for the smaller fish because there was so much to see and do and they didn’t want to stop too long… although I’m guessing the average ‘stay’ must have been close to 30 minutes.

After initial inspiration young artists focused on the task and created amazing kites demonstrating their talent for art and design. Photography by kind permission of parents/guardians.
After initial inspiration young artists focused on the task and created amazing kites demonstrating their talent for art and design. Photography by kind permission of parents/guardians.

Wallsend’s young artists made some vibrant colour choices and some of the older children explored pattern and mark making. The fish kites were fantastic and each one was completely unique. A totally amazing event.

Lots of great kites were made at the workshop (sometimes they were a team effort). All young artists demonstrated their dedication to completing their original designs. Photography by kind permission of parents/guardians.
Lots of great kites were made at the workshop (sometimes they were a team effort). All young artists demonstrated their dedication to completing their original designs. Photography by kind permission of parents/guardians.

Some of the young artists who took part include:

Lewis Heppell (9 yrs); Natalie Rolfe (10 yrs); Haris Alis (7 Yrs); Paige Phillips (6 yrs); Katie Armstorng (5 years) and Reece Armstrong (2 yrs); Elicia Churchill (9 yrs); Iris Judge (6 yrs); Tia Johnson (6yrs); Abigail Johns (4 yrs); Ethan Armstrong (11 yrs); Marian Haseem (12 yrs) and Akeel Haseem (9 yrs); Harvey Biggs (8 yrs) abd Callum Biggs (6 yrs); Callum Harbertson (4 yrs); Rebecca Ellen Whim (11 yrs); Isobel Batey (5 yrs); Katie Wannop (4 yrs); Emily Bell (6 yrs); Rachel Watt (10 yrs); Olivia-Leigh Rogers (5 yrs); Ethan Cockram (7 yrs); Anya Gibson (2 yrs); Shay Gilhespie (14 yrs); Ross Clift (13 yrs); Lewis Clark (13 yrs).

Apologies to those I didn’t manage to add to my register or photograph. Your work was still absolutely brilliant.

Amazing concentration was demonstrated by lots of the young artists but it was still good fun! Photography by kind permission of parents/guardians.
Amazing concentration was demonstrated by lots of the young artists but it was still good fun! Photography by kind permission of parents/guardians.
Excellent attention to detail. Photography by kind permission of parents/guardians.
Excellent attention to detail. Photography by kind permission of parents/guardians.
Even Spider Man likes to make art! Colourful and creative. Photography by kind permission of parents/guardians.
Even Spider Man likes to make art! Colourful and creative. Photography by kind permission of parents/guardians.
Express your creativity & exercise your imagination. Photography by kind permission of parents/guardians.
Express your creativity & exercise your imagination. Photography by kind permission of parents/guardians.

Explore further…

If you liked this post you might like my page on “Workshops an Drop-in sessions”because you might like me to plan and deliver a project for your community group, school or business.

You might also like… “Children’s Festival Artwork” as it shows the outcome of my first workshop in Wallsend

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