The things around us | Children’s Workshops with Barbara Knezevic

19 November 2016

‘The things around us’ children’s workshops, led by artist Barbara Knezevic, are designed to highlight our relationship as human beings to the objects and other materials around us in the world.

Saturday 19 November 2016 | 10am (Age: 2-5) + 11:30am (Age: 6-12)
Studio 6
Free admission, booking essential. Please click here to book your ticket.

The things around us children's workshops, led by artist Barbara Knezevic, are designed to highlight our relationship as human beings to the objects and other materials around us in the world. The workshop will ask the questions:

How do we interact with things?
How do we form things?
How might things form us?

Part one - We form things
Duration 20 minutes
The participants will have 20 minutes to individually create several impressions of their hand in the clay, by clasping the clay in their fist to create a basic form. The children will be asked to think about how the clay feels in their hand, how the pressure and degree to which they squeeze the clay influences its shape and size. How the activity of forming the clay might make them feel or what it makes them think.

Part two - Things form us
Duration 40 minutes
Forming groups of three or four depending on numbers, each child will assist each other in creating a sculpture around themselves, using their arms, legs, torso as armatures or structures on which to attach the various materials. The tape will be used as a very basic and safe way of creating and attaching forms to and around the body. Things could be hung from the arms, attached to the leg, in infinite combinations. Not only does this exercise create an awareness of our bodily relationship to the things around us, how we relate to things in terms of scale and proportion, but it also encourages an ensemble approach to making artworks. It is aimed at being fun, collaborative, using humour and co-operation as tools with which to encourage enthusiasm for art and creativity.