This March Break workshop at the Museum will show you how to make a Whimsical Mushroom out of foam clay in a personalized terracotta pot.
Foam clay is an excellent air dry and mess free clay that is soft and easy to manipulate. Foam clay has been used extensively in the cosplay world and it is praised for its very light weight and ease of use. It comes in a large array of colours and is fun for everyone. By squeezing squishing and pulling the clay we will experiment with different shapes, forms and textures.
We will start the workshop by brainstorming different ideas for our sculptures. Everyone will be encouraged to think outside of the box. Visual samples and a book of mushrooms will be provided to offer some inspiration. After sketching a basic idea they will choose the tools and colours that they need and practice molding different shapes and textures. From there they can begin sculpting their creations. We will learn how to create different colour designs (marbling) and add details like flowers, snails or other plants.
Lastly, the terracotta pots can be painted, embellished and filled with moss. By the end of the workshop everyone will have a unique and colourful mushroom they can be proud of.
Demographic: Ages 12-19
No pre-registration is required.
About the Artist:
My name is Courtney and I am a self taught artist based in Kingston and a Mom of two.
In 2021 I started a small business selling handmade jewelry and art including woodburning, clay sculptures and mixed media creations. Since starting my business I’ve had the chance to participate in many local events including Women’s Artfest, The Kingston Holiday Market, and Fantasy in the Forest.
My hobbies include crafting, painting and baking. I also love reading and studying nature and poetry. I spend a lot of time researching different animals and plants, my favourites being insects and fungi.
Much of my art is inspired by my love of nature. I enjoy studying the shapes and textures of plants and I spend a lot of time experimenting with unique mediums to get different results. I love to create lifelike sculptures of different mushrooms and animals but I also love to use my imagination to make strange and unusual sculptures that are magical and mischievous.
I’m excited to see where this journey takes me in the coming years through art related workshops and courses in the Kingston area.