Holiday Art Workshops at Kirstenbosch are met with great enthusiasm
During the 2012 June/July school holidays children attended art workshops at the Gold Fields Environmental Education Centre at Kirstenbosch.
Minimising the impact of waste
Following its success last year, the Biodiversity and Waste Art workshop for 10 – 12 years olds was repeated this holiday. After learning about Biodiversity and the impact waste is having on it, learners dodged the rain showers to take in some of the beauty displayed in Kirstenbosch, as well as learning about the advantages which biodiversity brings us. On returning to the Gold Fields EE Centre, they made a frame or stationery holder out of recycled goods, to minimize the waste they would put into landfill sites. Each piece of work was original and a reflection of the creative skills of each child.
Left: Robert puts the finishing touches to his stationery holder
Left: Saarah selects dried plant material to decorate her frame
New workshop for 6 - 9 year olds
A new holiday workshop for 6 – 9 year olds was introduced during this mid-year holiday. The development of the programme was co-ordinated by Sally Hey, Principal Education Officer, and Chanelle Naidoo, National Research Foundation intern, together with the teaching team.
Above: Nature can be fun - climbing the octopus tree
28 children aged 6 – 9 attended the new Nature’s Treasure Box holiday art workshop. After a guided walk in the garden, during which they experienced the beauty and fun to be had in nature, participants collected some of nature’s treasures in the garden around the Gold Fields Education Centre. They painted and decorated boxes into which they put their collection and took their box home with them. Many planned to go on looking for treasures to add to their collection.
In addition to the art workshops, many community and church groups came to Kirstenbosch to participate in fun, educational programmes at the Gold Fields Centre during the holiday.