July 26, 2019 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Reinstating the skills of craft

In a world where we are constantly bombarded with perfect images on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, craft is often misunderstood in the education and care sector, with a focus on the finished product or ‘look’, rather than the importance of the process or skills that are developed and honed through hours or years of repetition.

Scott, Jo and Marcy will share their skills throughout the morning where you will have the opportunity to take part in a range of practical experiences, enabling you to build your knowledge through hands-on learning that include:

  •  Sculpting with wire

When children draw, they take a line for a walk in a two-dimensional space. When they work with wire, they can extend this to into the three-dimensional space and create- a sculpture. Wire allows children opportunity to think with their hands and work with tools as they twist, snip, weave and join this flexible material.


  • Working with clay

Clay is one of the most effective art mediums for children to discover and develop their creative and learning skills. The process of working with clay supports personalised learning, sensory development, fine motor skills, self-esteem, self-expression and problem solving skills. In addition, clay has a well-documented therapeutic quality that settles and calms children.


  • Botanical monoprints

Help children learn the concept of printmaking, where they can transfer an image from one surface to another. Printmaking encourages children to experiment with different tools and to identify ordinary objects they can make prints from.


  • Weaving webs incorporating natural materials

Weaving is acknowledged as one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world. With that in mind we will be exploring the process of weaving through the construction of weaving webs, based on ancient practices and using found natural objects.


  • Cooking on fire

For most of human history, over an open fire was the one and only way to cook a meal. Cooking is a craft, it is a skill that is developed through use of tools, materials and specific ingredients. Today we will be looking beyond damper making and delving into the craft of cooking over fire.


*Expressions of interest taken for North and North West

Booking costs are exclusive GST