Giant sculptures made with children, range from creating an enchanted forest in the entrance foyer of Humberstone Infant School, to building two giant dragons which dominate the hall at Stokes Wood Primary, and transforming a corridor into an under the sea environment complete with 10 foot long sword fish at Abbey Primary, to making a tree house den at Wyvern Primary.
These workshops involve using withies to create a frame, covering them with glued paper, then painting and decorating them. A space to work and leave sculptures to dry in between sessions is essential. Work is possible with between 6 and 10 children at any one time (or more if adult support is available), but even very young children can make successful sculptures – the fish sculptures featured here were made by year 1 children. The finished sculptures are light and easy to hang to create a semi-permanent feature to give a real ‘wow’ factor to the hall or entrance foyer of your school or centre.
Working with families at Spark Children’s Art Festival in 2011 we made a giant back-pack puppet of the Hindu God Lord Hanuman to parade around the Curve Theatre.