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Feltmaking

2 hour artist workshop for key stage 1 - 4

Inspired by drawings and mark-making activities in the galleries, each pupil will create their own expressive and colourful felted fabric. Step by step the class will be taken on a journey through this feltmaking process, transforming and fusing merino wool by hand. Pupils will learn about Wakefield’s textile heritage and develop an understanding of how textiles are made.

Delivered by Jo Blaker

Jo is a visual artist with a lifelong passion for play, creativity & learning. Jo’s sessions nurture, develop and celebrate the creative capacity of students whilst supporting participants to learn about themselves, others and the world around them, through art observation and making.

Take back to school

  • Pupils will create their own piece of felted fabric to display at school
  • Your class will receive a certificate of achievement to display at school

Cost

Wakefield Schools: £130

Other: £150

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Learning outcomes and curriculum links

Primary

Art and design

  • Learn about Barbara Hepworth’s artwork and contemporary artists
  • Develop drawing techniques and understanding of sculpture
  • Evaluate, analyse and discuss the artwork in the gallery

English

  • Develop speaking and listening skills by talking confidently in new learning contexts and communicating ideas. Engage in discussion, confidently voice opinions and questions to show understanding

PSHE

  • Build confidence and resilience in learning outside of the classroom
  • Build self- esteem by sharing opinions and explaining views on the artwork
  • Recognise choices made in a new learning environment
  • Work in small groups as well as individuals
  • Develop critical thinking skills and take part in class discussion

 

Secondary

Art and design

  • First-hand observation of Barbara Hepworth’s artworks
  • Explore ideas and imagination using experience of learning outside of the classroom
  • Develop understanding of contemporary sculpture, artistic process and materials
  • Develop drawing techniques and making skills using a range of techniques and media

English

  • Develop speaking and listening skills by talking confidently in new learning contexts, communicating ideas and critical analyse. Engage in discussion, confidently voice opinions and questions to show understanding

Outline of session

Galleries

  • Groups explore Hepworth’s artwork in galleries 3 – 5 looking and collecting information on line, colour and pattern that will inform their felt design

Learning studios

  • Share ideas about textiles and materials, linking with the local textile heritage including handmade and machine made
  • Step by step pupils will be introduced to the processes involved in creating felt, each making their own personal response to what they have seen in the galleries
  • Pupils learning through the hands on activity of transforming fleece into felted fabric
  • The class’ felt work will be shared in an ‘exhibition’ in the Learning Studio
  • Evaluative discussion: What have we done today? What did you enjoy? Did we learn anything new? What could we do next/back at school?

How can teachers and group leaders help?

Please bring your enthusiasm, be prepared to join in and model good behaviour.

To support activity in the galleries please remind children about our three rules:

  • no shouting
  • no touching
  • no running