Purr-fect: Angus Mcfarlane, 8, works on his clay cat at the Tweed River Regional Art Gallery holiday workshop.
Purr-fect: Angus Mcfarlane, 8, works on his clay cat at the Tweed River Regional Art Gallery holiday workshop. Blainey Woodham

Clay art inspires Tweed kids

TWEED River Regional Art Gallery hosted 12 aspiring young artists for the first day of its annual school holiday creative workshops.

The theme of this workshop was “animal antics”, and children were encouraged to sculpt real or imaginary animals out of clay.

Public program curator Anouk Beck said even the youngest participant, just five years old, had created lovely work.

Professional clay sculptor Marie-France Boissonneault led the program and was impressed by the children.

“Kids always surprise me with their work ... I would like to do some of their work myself,” she laughed.

“Little ones can come up with just as good artwork as the older kids.”

After the pieces are fired they will be placed in the Tweed Gallery before likely going on permanent display in the children’s parents’ homes.

The program gives parents some time for themselves, and at the end of the day they were impressed with the artwork, Anouk Beck said.

The holiday program continues with a grass animal workshop tomorrow, and another clay workshop entitled “heroes and villains” next Wednesday, January 19.

The program ends on January 20 with a dramatic expression workshop where students participate in dramatic games and activities.

Visit www.tweed.nsw. gov.au/tweedart.



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