As part of Highland Council’s Summer of Hope programme, Inverness Creative Academy hosted a series of 12 free children’s workshops throughout July themed around nature, recycling and collaboration. The workshops were led by local artist Sadie Stoddart and allowed the young people aged 6-8 and 9-12 to explore different art techniques such as printmaking, mark-making, papier-mâché and much more. Sadie is one of our accredited Arts Award tutors and is passionate about finding inclusive ways of encouraging children and young people to engage with art.

Thanks to funding from Highland Council, we were able provide all the materials, a healthy fruit snack and juice during the sessions.

Week 1 //

Wednesday 7 July, 10am – 12, Ages 6-8, Mega Mono-Prints: during this session we will learn some mono-printing techniques looking at the different markings found in nature.

Wednesday 7 July, 1:30 – 3:30pm, Ages 6-8, Shells, Shapes and Styrofoam: we will work together to etch into Styrofoam plates to make a pattern or drawing that is then printed onto paper using ink to create a large patterned art work. For this session we will be looking at shells and the different patterns and shapes they are made up off.

Friday 9 July, 10am – 12, Ages 9-12, Mark Making: using different print making techniques and natural materials we will look at different ways we can make marks, looking at nature for inspiration.

Week 2 //

Wednesday 14 July, 10am – 12, Ages 6-8, Nature’s Paintbrushes: starting off small we will be using foraged plants, sticks and other natural materials so that the young people can make their own tools and play around with the different marks they make. Using larger sticks and materials the group will then make a larger work together.

Wednesday 14 July, 1:30 – 3:30pm, Ages 9-12 Nature’s Paintbrushes: starting off small we will be using foraged plants, sticks and other natural materials so that the young people can make their own tools and play around with the different marks they make.

Friday 16 July, 10am – 12, Ages 9-12 GIANT Nature’s Paintbrush: for this session we will create a large collaborative art work using large sticks and different natural materials.

Week 3 //

Wednesday 21 July, 10am – 12, Ages 6-8, Trail Makers: as a group we will draw and identify different animal tracks before using potato prints to make our own animal trails.

Wednesday 21 July, 1:30 – 3:30pm, Ages 6-8, Trail Makers: as a group we will draw and identify different animal tracks before using paint, cardboard cut-outs and our feet to make our own animal trails.

Friday 23 July, 10am – 12, Ages 9-12, Trail Makers: as a group we will draw and identify different animal tracks before using paint, cardboard cut-outs, and our feet to make our own animal trails.

Week 4 //

Wednesday 28 July, 10am – 12, Ages 6-8, Junk Bugs: during this session, we will look at different types of bugs before recreating them out of recycled materials and papier-mâché.

Wednesday 28 July, 1:30 – 3:30pm, Ages 9-12, Junk Bugs: during this session, we will look at different types of bugs before recreating them out of recycled materials and papier-mâché.

Friday 30 July, 10am – 12, Ages 9-12, Make your own Paper Garden: using mono-printed leaves and recycled materials we will make our own paper gardens in a shoe box. The ideal home for your junk bugs!

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