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What teachers say about Felterskelter workshops 

“Working with an entirely new media and watching it transform before their eyes was a very powerful experience for children and adults alike. The fact that the children were able to do every step of the process independently was key to their satisfaction and pride in the finished piece. Avi allowed the children to experiment and make creative choices, gently encouraging new ideas. The activity was fully inclusive for all of the EYFS children (3 - 5 year-olds) and a delight to watch every child create something so simple yet beautiful.”
 
Teacher, Marion Richardson Primary School, Tower Hamlets

 

Individual workshops and longer-term projects 

Felterskelter provides one-off projects over a morning or whole day or longer-term projects designed to suit your school,. Feltmaking is an exceptionally versatile and exciting medium and workshops can be tailored to complement any class topic.
 

Early Years Foundation Stage

I work with children in small groups and the workshops complement the principles and ethos of the EYFS, supporting children’s creative development. Through focusing on colour, texture and mark making they provide opportunities for children to:

  • explore different media and respond to a variety of sensory experiences
  • explore colour, texture, shape, form and space in two or three dimensions
  • use imagination in art and design
  • respond in a variety of ways to what s/he sees, hears, smells, touches and feels
  • express and communicate ideas, thoughts and feelings using a range of materials and suitable tools
  • express feelings and preferences in response to artwork and make some comparisons and links between different pieces
  • respond to own work and that of others when exploring and communicating ideas, feelings and preferences through art

Examples of EYFS workshops: 

  • a simple introduction to feltmaking – focusing on colour or texture
  • creating individual or group felt drawings, e.g. based on well-known stories, exploring nature or another topical theme
  • creating very simple felt pieces which can be stitched into
  • creating felt balls 

 

Early Years Foundation Stage

I work with children in small groups and the workshops complement the principles and ethos of the EYFS, supporting children’s creative development. Through focusing on colour, texture and mark making they provide opportunities for children to:

  • explore different media and respond to a variety of sensory experiences
  • explore colour, texture, shape, form and space in two or three dimensions
  • use imagination in art and design
  • respond in a variety of ways to what s/he sees, hears, smells, touches and feels
  • express and communicate ideas, thoughts and feelings using a range of materials and suitable tools
  • express feelings and preferences in response to artwork and make some comparisons and links between different pieces
  • respond to own work and that of others when exploring and communicating ideas, feelings and preferences through art

Examples of EYFS workshops: 

  • a simple introduction to feltmaking – focusing on colour or texture
  • creating individual or group felt drawings, e.g. based on well-known stories, exploring nature or another topical theme
  • creating very simple felt pieces which can be stitched into
  • creating felt balls 

 

Key Stages 1 and 2

Felterskelter workshops help develop children’s creativity and imagination, supporting teachers in their provision of the arts element of the primary curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to make creative decisions in relation to colour, composition and design.

Cross curricular approach

Feltmaking can be an ideal medium for cross curricular projects, for example developing links across Science and Art. Projects can also be designed to promote children's literacy and numeracy skills. As children can incorporate both natural and artificial fibres into the felt, it makes an ideal medium for scrap/recycling projects spanning Art and PSHE.

 

Key Stage One and Two workshops can include:

  • a basic introduction to feltmaking – playing with colour, textile and other fabrics
  • developing a felt ‘drawing’
  • developing a narrative-based collaborative felt panel: this project links well with literacy units
  • creating large-scale pieces on a theme of your choice
  • creating 3D objects – felt balls, purses/containers or decorative slippers
  • creating a felt mural
  • creating a whole class felt ‘yurt’ or tent


See the Gallery page for examples of recent projects developed in collaboration with teachers and often created with the support of parents


Felterskelter always encourages parents or additional staff to support children during workshops as felting is a very labour intensive process. Successful projects have also involved mixed-age groups with older children mentoring younger ones.

 

 

Key Stages 1 and 2

Felterskelter workshops help develop children’s creativity and imagination, supporting teachers in their provision of the arts element of the primary curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to make creative decisions in relation to colour, composition and design.

Cross curricular approach

Feltmaking can be an ideal medium for cross curricular projects, for example developing links across Science and Art. Projects can also be designed to promote children's literacy and numeracy skills. As children can incorporate both natural and artificial fibres into the felt, it makes an ideal medium for scrap/recycling projects spanning Art and PSHE.

 

Key Stage One and Two workshops can include:

  • a basic introduction to feltmaking – playing with colour, textile and other fabrics
  • developing a felt ‘drawing’
  • developing a narrative-based collaborative felt panel: this project links well with literacy units
  • creating large-scale pieces on a theme of your choice
  • creating 3D objects – felt balls, purses/containers or decorative slippers
  • creating a felt mural
  • creating a whole class felt ‘yurt’ or tent


See the Gallery page for examples of recent projects developed in collaboration with teachers and often created with the support of parents


Felterskelter always encourages parents or additional staff to support children during workshops as felting is a very labour intensive process. Successful projects have also involved mixed-age groups with older children mentoring younger ones.

 

 

Key Stages 3 and 4 Art and Design

Felterskelter workshops can be designed to link in with your school’s Art and Design curriculum. Pupils are introduced to a new medium, allowing them to explore and experiment with ideas, materials, tools and techniques. Pupils can develop abstract felt pieces, experiment with surface texture or produce original 3D objects.  Collaborative projects can also be designed to link in with your curriculum.

 

 

Inset

Felterskelter offers INSET sessions to help develop and extend teachers’ feltmaking skills.
 

 

INSET sessions can be tailored to include:

  • feltmaking with EYFS
  • 2D and 3D feltmaking
  • developing surface marks and textures
  • embellishing with stitch
  • working on collaborative pieces

 

 

 

 

Workshop costs

A full day with Felterskelter costs £200 (or £100 for a half day) for state schools. Fees are negotiable for longer term projects. You will also need to factor in some material costs. Felterskelter will give you all the advice you need on wool suppliers and help you keep within a budget. Some projects have been successfully funded by parents' associations.


For further details please call 020 7482 4001 or 07905 405722 or email
felterskelter@blueyonder.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Stages 3 and 4 Art and Design

Felterskelter workshops can be designed to link in with your school’s Art and Design curriculum. Pupils are introduced to a new medium, allowing them to explore and experiment with ideas, materials, tools and techniques. Pupils can develop abstract felt pieces, experiment with surface texture or produce original 3D objects.  Collaborative projects can also be designed to link in with your curriculum.

 

 

Inset

Felterskelter offers INSET sessions to help develop and extend teachers’ feltmaking skills.
 

 

INSET sessions can be tailored to include:

  • feltmaking with EYFS
  • 2D and 3D feltmaking
  • developing surface marks and textures
  • embellishing with stitch
  • working on collaborative pieces

 

 

 

 

Workshop costs

A full day with Felterskelter costs £200 (or £100 for a half day) for state schools. Fees are negotiable for longer term projects. You will also need to factor in some material costs. Felterskelter will give you all the advice you need on wool suppliers and help you keep within a budget. Some projects have been successfully funded by parents' associations.


For further details please call 020 7482 4001 or 07905 405722 or email
felterskelter@blueyonder.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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