The Big Stony Dream Art Workshop
|Author: Kate Davies||Published: 14th May 2012 18:22|
Part of Stony AHA held on Saturday 12th May at York House
A glorious day of colourful and imaginative creativity!
Stony Stratford families flooded into York House at the weekend to join in the fun of making art with Jonny Boatfield.
Every surface was covered with sprawling artists of all ages busily drawing, colouring, cutting and making the most fabulous transport dream for Stony Stratford.
The most colourful and extraordinary train emerged from under all the separate pieces of card and bodies. Each carriage in this magical train was more amazing than the last.
There were circus carriages, familiar looking travellers waving wildly, two boats being exported from the town, a beautiful tram, formal and very informal coaches, a traveller's van, a tourist bus and more.
Some very wild animals peered between the bars in their carriage - the ringmaster was clearly not in control that day.
The Queen in her glittering coach with her special-occasion entourage processed through the Stony High Street buildings, past Odells, the Kardamom Lounge, station and on towards London.
There were quite a few boy racers who designed and built their own strange and wonderful vehicles to race on the speed ramp Jonny had built.
Many pieces of lovely artwork were displayed in the Crystal Palace exhibition area. Rather like a huge gardening cloche, you could peer through the windows into a magic world of.
There was masses to do, and quite a few families stayed all day as there was a splendid café supplying home-made cakes on site to help keep the strength up.
At the end of the day, there was a wild organisation kerfuffle whilst the art crew volunteers dashed about collecting all the pieces together to put the giant pop-up train together that snaked all around York House, around the pillars, the tables of paintings and bunting, around the walls covered in images of the High Street with bustling pavements, through the groups of families.
The train travelled on, out of York House, down the High Street and has now come to rest inside St Mary and St Giles Church by the High Street. So if you would like to see what happened to your glorious art, the church is open during the day and you are welcome to go and visit. Unfortunately not all the art could be displayed because there was so much of it, but I am sure you will agree, the display is rather wonderful - and it is all done by our talented Stony Stratford families. You should all be very proud of yourselves!
Jonny will be back at York House for the Big Draw on 6th October when the theme will be The Ginormous Battle of the Dinosaurs versus Aliens (and mutant kittens). Pop it in your diary now!
We would like to thank Sports Relief for funding this project and bringing so much fun to our community!
Here are a few of Kate's photos from the day: