One of the key reasons for running TOTEM is to give parents and children time out to have fun together. And creating artworks is a great way to have fun!
In this project parents and kids are recycling old placemats and putting a mosaic on top to create a beautiful new placemat for the table at home. Everybody loves smashing the tiles and learning how to use the tools to create their unique work of art. Parents have been excellent in helping kids learn to use the tools, and kids are excellent in fitting small pieces onto the placemat! This project has already taken two weeks, as we are encouraging makers to take their time and do the best creative work possible for them. Some have finished - as you can see, and some will grout theirs next week. Don’t they look great!
Creating art together is fun - there is always lots of laughter in the room and there is time to help each other, and find words to discuss how the art day has been for each of us.