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!).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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