On Monday 3rd November 6 home educated families kicked off the lantern making with local carnival and costume designer Iola Wier at The Manor House in Dawlish. They designed a number of triangular willow frames and one ambitious family worked on a large globe shaped lantern. The families will join in the lantern procession on the 5th December as part of the celebration event. They will be joined by local primary school children, including classes from Kenn Church of England Primary, Kenton Primary and Gatehouse Primary, all of whom will be making lanterns with Iola this November.
6 home educated families also helped local artist Monica Shanta Brown to design the Dawlish Community Mosaic. Monica will be visiting The Strand Centre, Butterfly, The Manor House and Red Rock’s Thursday night group No Limits, with panels of the mosaic for different groups to contribute to the mosaic. There are four open workshops on Wednesday afternoons at The Strand Centre from 12th November-3rd December between 1.30-3pm. There is also a family workshop on the 29th November 1-4pm at The Strand. Just turn up to any of these sessions and give it a go-it’s free. Further details can be found here.
Sarah Thomas from the Home Educated Network in Dawlish, who hosted the session, said “the 1st lantern and mosaic workshops went really well and everyone enjoyed them. The adults enjoyed both as much as the children – with adults discovering they has lantern making and drawing skills. It was lovely to meet and work with Iola and Monica and we’re looking forward to the next workshop.”
Thanks to Sarah for taking these great photos of Monday’s workshop.
We look forward to seeing the results of both projects on the 5th December!