Friday, 04 November 2011
Feltmaking in Schools
9 local schools have been visited by Anna Turnbull and Paula Constantine, 2 artists experienced in feltmaking, to involve the children in working with wool from local breeds of sheep, collaborating on the creation of a number of felt wall hangings.
The finished hangings have been displayed in their schools and in various community locations over the summer including The Glendale Show, Berwick Slow Food Festival, Etal Show, Kiknewton Show, The Glendale Festival, Bamburgh Show, Belford Show, Horncliffe Harvest Festival, Crookham Community Lunch, Belford Harvest Festival, The Cheviot Centre Wooler and a Heritage Music Event in Wooler.
Rock Hall School, Years 3 & 4
The last school to be involved was Rock Hall School where 15 year 3 & 4 children produced a hanging on a woodland theme depicting their experience of working in their forest school. The animals, birds, insects, plants and fungi that they had observed were pictured along with aspects of the elf houses they created. Each child made a wool picture of one aspect of the frieze from a drawing they had completed previously.
They all helped to lay out a background of a tree in the woods and then place their individual pictures in appropriate locations.
You can see the owl hovering, waiting to pounce on the unsuspecting mouse below.
The completed wool picture was soaked with warm soapy water, rolled up and then rolled to complete the felting process for several hours.
Meanwhile, as some took turns to roll, others created felt leaves and acorns to add to the completed piece.
They accompanied their rolling with the most fantastic singing which really helped the work.
All were pleased with the finished results.
‘The final picture was stunning!’
‘It was nice to see the wonderful picture we made I was proud to have made such a thing’