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Gladfest Children's Workshops

Sunday, 04 September 2016 19:35
Published in Workshops

I’ve just completed two days of children’s printmaking workshops at Gladfest, a literary festival held at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden. Gladstone’s Library is unique. A Grade I listed building, it is a residential library founded by William Gladstone, and amongst the 250,000 printed items housed there are 32,000 of his books.

This is the fourth year for this annual festival - and the first time I have been involved. It rained all day yesterday but it didn’t prevent the children from getting stuck into some printing. (We were in a small marquee.) The group of six girls in the afternoon got on together so well! We began with some descriptions of characters from Roald Dahl’s stories - Mrs Twit, the enormous crocodile and the roly-poly bird - which the children drew and turned into collage printing plates.

Today we have been printing letters from a title of one of Roald Dahl’s books and then using the letters to make other phrases. One seven year old boy picked out letters to spell ‘MY TAID’ (grandfather).