Youngsters make sensory art at Colchester gallery

Oliver, eight, and Lizzy Sceats, six, work on a window mosaic to create a water effect at firstsite'

Oliver, eight, and Lizzy Sceats, six, work on a window mosaic to create a water effect at firstsite's Free Family Fun day on Saturday, January 10. - Credit: Su Anderson

Youngsters got crafty as they enjoyed an art workshop at a Colchester gallery.

Oliver, eight, and Lizzy Sceats, six, work on a window mosaic to create a water effect at firstsite'

Oliver, eight, and Lizzy Sceats, six, work on a window mosaic to create a water effect at firstsite's Free Family Fun day on Saturday, January 10. - Credit: Su Anderson

Firstsite runs Free Family Saturday each week offering a different theme of art-based activities for children and parents.

This weekend was the last linked to an interactive exhbition, the Butterfly Effect, created by artists Tim Skinner and Em Milner alongside pupils from the Kingdwode Hoe Primary School, Colchester, which provides specialist support for children with special needs.

Judith Merritt, head of learning at firstsite, said: “It was great to work with the school and the sensory elements of the exhibition were interesting and different for all visitors to firstsite – it was good for visitors to fully immerse themselves in the space and have the opportunity to look and touch the work on display.

“The activities on Saturday involved families moulding in clay, and creating colourful landscapes using coloured acetate, getting hands-on and creating colours and shapes as the pupils from the school did as they created the exhibition.

Oliver, eight, and Lizzy Sceats, six, work on a window mosaic to create a water effect at firstsite'

Oliver, eight, and Lizzy Sceats, six, work on a window mosaic to create a water effect at firstsite's Free Family Fun day on Saturday, January 10. - Credit: Su Anderson

“More than 70 families attended for free throughout the day.”