This Summer the Watermans is hosting a range of activities aimed around ‘having fun and being together’.
From graffiti to photography, animation to printing, mask-making to drumming. You name it, they’ve probably got it going on during their three-week Summertime Holiday Festival 28 July – 12 August. Brimming with inspiring workshops, activities, events and free fun drop-in activities, there’s something for everyone aged 2 to 12+, kicking off with a family friendly concert by Mellow Baku.
Creative Chinese Caligraphy – 28 July – 3 August
Find out about the ancient craft of Chinese calligraphy and make your own beautiful bookmark with authentic tools using Chinese rice paper, calligraphy brushes and ink! You’ll learn basic calligraphy strokes one by one and practice writing numbers and speaking numbers in Chinese.
Graffiti Lettering – 29 July, 2 August
Create your own graffiti lettering artwork to put on a cap to take home and wear with style and pride!
In this workshop, led by artist, DJ and music producer Moyma, you’ll explore the origins of Hip-hop culture, learn graffiti lettering, and make your own hat.
Upcycle: Heat Press Printing 4 August
Transform that old t-shirt with a pattern of your own design. Using heat press printing techniques, this interactive workshop will get your creativity flowing as you experiment with liquid dyes, layering patterns, and flat objects and stencils to design and make a unique drawstring t-shirt.
Small World Photography – 5 – 10 August
Using small model figures, tiny props, and macro photography techniques you’ll create and photograph your own miniature world in this fun workshop. You’ll be given an overview of the camera, help with creating your scene and receive digital photos of your images for you to print and frame or share with friends and family on social media.
Drum Circle – 12 August
A unique and exhilarating opportunity to make music together as a family, have fun and learn some funky rhythms!
Co-director of DRUMHEAD Sandra Dyer has an outstanding reputation for her educational and community work, delivering fun, exciting rhythm-based music workshops.
Decorate Paper Mache Bowls – 9 August, 12 August
Learn how to decorate the papier-mâché bowl you made in the Making Papier-mâché bowl [link to workshop] workshop with designs inspired by and mark making techniques used by ceramist and artist Grayson Perry.
All materials will be provided.
Mellow Baku – 28 July
Ease your family into summer to the sounds of soul music, jazz, reggae, folk and blues with this chilled-out concert of uplifting original songs and fresh takes on well-loved classics by Mellow and her fellow musicians.
Meet the Music: String Quartet – 4 August
With music ranging from baroque to pop, demonstrations of each instrument and descriptive commentary on all the pieces played, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the different instruments, music styles and moods and sounds of a string quartet.
We are Watching: Art and Collage – 3 August
This workshop we will be discussing their ideas on climate change, exploring scrap material and responding to the theme “We Are Watching” by creating a banner that will be displayed around the art installation ‘The Eye’ a September art installation at Watermans. The Children will design and decorate their own letters then collectively create a banner.
2D Animation – 10 August
For budding filmmakers, in this inventive and fun workshop, you’ll create and direct your own short, animated film using the Stop Motion Studio app and characters you’ve made using a collage technique. This workshop will be an opportunity to further develop ideas started during the 2D Animation workshop, so we recommend you book for both.
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