Belper arts sessions prove a big hit for crafty kids

Fleet Arts, Belper, model making, India Day with her finished money box
Fleet Arts, Belper, model making, India Day with her finished money box

Kids wrapped up the summer holidays with sticky tape and shiny paper in an ambitious 3D model-making workshop run by the charity Fleet Arts.

The Fleet centre hosted fun-packed activity days throughout August, challenging young creatives to design and make projects including banners, puppets and fabric prints.

Fleet Arts, Belper, model making, Saskia James and Zoe-May Ashton

Fleet Arts, Belper, model making, Saskia James and Zoe-May Ashton

The best was saved for last though as excited youngsters aged 5-13 packed out the session on cardboard castles.

Some chose a creative interpretation of the brief, with one making a money box to help them prepare for the property ladder—others skipped straight to designing their dream home.

Fleet Arts’ director Sarah Laman said: “There was a lot of variety. There were very precise visions referencing architecture shows like Grand Designs—really great ideas.

“Others wanted to build a home for favourite fantasy characters, or they just liked the idea of putting a bed on the roof.”

Fleet Arts, Belper, model making, Millie Alesbrook

Fleet Arts, Belper, model making, Millie Alesbrook

While all the summer workshops were well attended, there was actually a reserve waiting list for this one.

Sarah added: “The idea is to give children access to materials and guidance they might not have at home, then let their imagination do the rest.”

Fleet Arts runs youth projects throughout the year.

For more information, visit www.fleet-arts.org.