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A morning of elephantastic arts and crafts

Written by Ipswich Building Society

18 Aug 2019


Elmers Big Parade, Member Event

2 min read

At our latest member event, 15 children alongside their parents and grandparents attended the Millennium Jubilee Hall in Kesgrave for 3 hours of spray painting, stencilling and elephant money box decorating, finished with one glistening ingredient – glitter!

Mik Richardson, a blithesome artist with a real passion for the trail having painted several of the sculptures (including our very own Earnest Edmund) was surrounded by smiling faces when demonstrating how to turn plain white t-shirts into a colourful personalised work of art. Children took it in turns 2 by 2 to step up to the easel and spray away whilst the rest enjoyed designing their own elephants using an arrange of colours from the paint pallets and a wide selection of glitters to finish them off.

Many children used the t-shirt stencils to create an A3 picture to hang on their bedroom walls using crayons and coloured pencils whilst others painted ‘people’ sticks – one family even had plans to create a puppet show when they got home to put their creations to good use.

Tea, coffee and biscuits kept the adults sweet whilst the chatter and laughter of children filled the hall. The three hours flew by and before we knew it we had children laden with craft pieces thanking us and leaving the venue. Many had already changed into their t-shirts and were having photographs with Mik – a few even asked him to autograph the trail map found in the their ‘Earnest Edmund activity pack’ – a parting gift which included some sweets, an activity sheet and a savings voucher.

Thank you to all those who attended and to Chloe Lock for hosting the event alongside me. Mik was a delight to see in action delivering the workshop and we hope to offer many more children’s events in the near future as part of our All In membership programme…watch this space!

This article was published under our previous name of Ipswich Building Society. We changed our name in 2021 – find out more.

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