10 Feb 2009

Go and see Dragons in the Clouds

At the weekend I made my way to Stroud's Museum in the Park for the 'Seeing Dragons in the Clouds' exhibition - with free hands-on activities for children of all ages - grown ups get to play too - until 22 February.

Photos: Stratford Park and a couple of the exhibits - outside is a house being made of recycled materials - inside cases of the bugs made from all sorts of bits and pieces while the dog includes an exhaust pipe for it's tail and a Kawasaki petrol tank for it's thigh!

Whiteshill artist Alison Cockcroft is one of many visitors who has been inspired by the exhibition. She is inviting children aged 7 - 14 to join her on Tuesday 17th February and take part in some special 'Papercraft Magic' holiday workshops, inspired by Heidi Daish's fairytale forest sculptures. Youngsters will discover how to design and build a magical paper sculpture scene or 'stage set', to illustrate a story of heroes and dragons, or whatever fires their imagination.

The special artist-led workshops cost just £7 per child per session, including all materials and a tour of the 'Dragons' exhibition. The workshops run from 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 3.30pm on 17th February. Early booking recommended - call 01453 763394.

During the rest of half term week (18 - 22 February), local families are invited to call in and transform everyday materials into a bug, butterfly or tiny creature of their choice like the incredibly lifelike 'imaginary insects' created by artist Nora Fok (see photo).

While on Friday 20 February, local storyteller and actor Jon Bassett will be telling 'Dragon Tales' from around the world, throughout the day - join him on a fairytale story adventure! For more information call 01453 763394

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