Crafty kids get creative at summer club

FRIENDS Rebecca Nel, 11, left, and Isabelle Vacher, 11, at the summer school. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (122669-892)
FRIENDS Rebecca Nel, 11, left, and Isabelle Vacher, 11, at the summer school. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (122669-892)

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KIDS got arty as they tried out screen printing at an arts and crafts workshop.

Youngsters aged seven and upwards took part in the activity yesterday which involved cutting out stencils and printing the images onto material bags.

CAREFUL Ami Lowman and James Nel, seven, doing screen printing. (122669-940)

CAREFUL Ami Lowman and James Nel, seven, doing screen printing. (122669-940)

The workshop, led by textile designer and illustrator Ami Lowman, was the first in a week-long programme at the summer school, in Making Space, Bishopstoke Road, Leigh Park.

Lynn Dick, the centre’s director, said: ‘It went really well. There was a nice atmosphere and the children all got along well.

‘This is the first time we’ve tried a summer school and it’s great to be able to offer them something new.

‘We wanted them to have a chance to try out lots of different activities, some of which are quite challenging, and allow them to be creative.’

Today children at the school will turn their hand to glass pictures and glass design.

Later in the week they will try batik – an art that involves pouring hot wax onto material in a pattern or design.

The children then paint the material with dyes and removed the wax to reveal their design.

All of the work created by the children at these workshops will be put together into an exhibition at the centre and shown to an invited audience at the end of the week.

It will then be shown to the public, alongside professional artists’ work who are based at the centre, as part of Hampshire Open Studios, where a number of artists exhibit work in their own homes or studios.

There are still limited places available on the summer school, but booking is required. For more information call (023) 9247 2491.


· Drama enthusiasts can audition, rehearse and perform in a new musical comedy inspired by the Olympics, called Go for Gold.

Students will cover all aspects of the show and then perform it in the Kings Theatre, in Southsea. It is aimed at ages seven to 12, and discounts available for second sibling attending. Advanced booking is needed. For more information, call (023) 9282 8282.

· Meet the Normandy Veterans, at D-Day Museum, Southsea Seafront, and listen to their stories. Members of Portsmouth’s Normandy Veterans Association will talk about their experiences on D-Day and in the Battle of Normandy at a presentation from 11am to 5pm. Phone on the day to confirm the veterans are attending. Usual museum opening times and admission charges apply.

· Get the little ones to make a Dickensian character or shadow puppet at the Who the Dickens event, part of the Out to Lunch club, in City Museum, Portsmouth.

There will also be story telling with Steve Tasane at the class. It runs from midday to 2pm and entry is free.

· Treat the children to some delights from the Lee-on-the-Solent Residents Association Community Boost Event. There will be a host of stalls at the event selling table top goods and offering information on community services.

It’s at the Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Lee-on-the-Solent, from 9.30am to 1pm.

· See bikes and steam trains at an automotive exhibition at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, Bursledon.

One of the trains on display will include Wendy – a working steam train.

Other trains will be running as well. Inside there will be a display of model railways provided by local enthusiasts.

There will be live music from the Hamble Valley Brass Band and the singer Teri and a beer tent, a dog obedience display and trailer rides. It’s open all day.

· Find a laundry basket and turn it into your favourite mode of transportation. To make a boat, use a brush or broom and tape card to it to make the sails.

Put the basket on top of a large sheet on the floor to create the water and let the kids’ imaginations run wild.