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Hyde Orchard Creative Sessions – Day Two

Beautiful sunshine for our second day of creative sessions for the Hyde Park Community Orchard artwork.  First, a game of Fruit Salad outside with a massive parachute, then inside for workshops with two consecutive groups of 30 children from Flowery Field Primary School.  The groups created lots of mosaics – made from fruit (and veg) and also paper.

RHS Tatton – mosaic workshops

This year I’m working with New Charter on their show garden entry for the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park.  New Charter works with residents and young people from their ‘Dream Scheme’  groups to create a garden for the Flower Show – two years ago their entry won a bronze medal so the pressure is on!

I’m working with young people to create different pieces of exterior artwork for the garden including mosaics, withy sculptures and painted pebbles.  For the past three weeks I have been working with a group to create bug mosaics to make paving slabs.

We started off doing some designs and drawings of bugs and insects and also practicing how to make mosaics.  We’re using the double indirect method, so the group are sticking their designs onto brown paper ready for transfer.  I have found this is by far the best method to use when working with young people as it removes the need to use potentially hazardous grout and cement adhesive.  Have a look at the work in progress…

Mosaic Snail

As part of the prep for the RHS Tatton workshops I’m currently doing, I created a mosaic paving slab of a snail as an example for the group.  Here it is at the first stage of making…