I spent the last two weeks working for Arty Party at Blackheath. I really enjoyed it, though I am glad that I have two weeks left to potter around and get jobs done now! The theme was Mexico and the children made all sorts of great things, a small selection of which are below. The kids were lovely and all the adults were too. It was interesting to be working with mainly artists, all of whom have interesting and varied lives, doing lots of different jobs. The best thing was there was no stress. I was not in charge and there was no pressure, apart from getting the work finished. There were roughly thirty children each day with six adults which is a very manageable ratio. The place we were working in was a church hall. It is a lovely light building, and has a great garden which included a climbing tree and places to hide, run and generally just be children! If I continue to do supply for more than a year, which, at the moment I am seriously contemplating, then I should be able to get by in the holidays by working for this group. They seem to be very busy so hopefully there should be opportunities to do so.
Day of the Dead printing.
Papier mache cacti waiting to be painted.
A little Day of the Dead figure made of plasticine, ready to go in a Retablo.
One corner of the hall.
Views of the garden.