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Wednesday 22 August, 2-4pm: Art Wednesday: Free Children’s Holiday workshop – Stained glass leaves

Past Workshops

Wednesday 15 August, 2-4pm: Art Wednesday: Free Children’s Holiday workshop – Garden print-making

Wednesday 8 August, 2-4pm: Art Wednesday: Free Children’s Holiday workshop – Design your own garden folly

Wednesday 1 August, 2-4pm: Art Wednesday: Free Children’s Holiday workshop – Garden Detectives

Wednesday 25 July, 2-4pm: Art Wednesday: Free Children’s Holiday workshop – Paint your own portrait

Summer Half-term: 6-8 June, 2012

Wednesday 6 June 2011, 2-4pm: Healthy Cooking with vegetables and herbs

Thursday 7 June 2011, 2-4pm: The return of the pizza!

Friday 8 June 2011, 2-4pm: Juice it up and Pothole gardening

Easter Holidays: 3-5 & 11-13 April and Easter Sunday

Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 April 2-4pm: Step into the Hackney Peace Mural
The Hackney Peace Carnival Mural is right outside the Garden, so join artist Nicola Plant in three days of  workshops to celebrate our Dalston Landmark.

Have you ever wondered who all those people in the mural are? What they were doing? Do you have a favourite character?  Come along on Tuesday to learn how the mural came to Dalston.  Then draw your own portraits of yourself, your friends or your family. On Wednesday come and paint giant portraits to be included in a new mural showing Dalston 2012. Then finally on Thursday you can make your own carnival mask.

Easter Sunday 8 April 2-4pm: Easter Egg Hunt
Dalston Square Residents are organising an Easter Egg Hunt at the Garden. Everyone is welcome, so come along and get searching for the chocolate treasure!

Wednesday 11 April 2-4pm:  The Garden in Motion
Join Nicola Plant and Caroline Moore to make your own ‘stop motion’ animated films, inspired by the Garden.

Thursday 12 April 2-4pm: Juicy Fruity Treats
The sun is shining and summer is just around the corner, so join Carine Moko and learn how to make your own delicious fruity juices, milkshakes and ice lollies.

Friday 13 April 2-4pm: Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!
Its a year since we all made the clay oven at the Garden, so its only right that we spend the last day of the holidays making delicious home-caked pizzas!

Spring Half-term: 13 – 17 February 2012: 2-4pm

Monday 13 February 2-4pm: Fantastic Feasts for Birds
We like to look after the wildlife that visit the Eastern Curve – help Miriam Mahony cook up tasty ‘cupcakes’ full of goodness, for hanging on the Garden trees, so we can make sure the birds don’t go hungry this Spring.

Tuesday 14 February 2-4pm: Fabulous Fabrics
Join textile designers Emamoke Ukeleghe and Yemi Awosile and learn how to design and print funky textiles. The fabrics will be used for dressing up the Eastern Curve scarecrows in Friday’s Scarecrow Catwalk workshop.

Wednesday 15 February 2-4pm: Magpie Mobiles
Like magpies searching for precious objects, join artist Nicola Plant gathering natural treasures from around the Garden, to hang from mobiles. The mobiles, made from twigs and wires, will twist and turn in a breeze to create a moving sculpture, inspired by the artist Alexander Calder.

Thursday 16 February 2-4pm: Giant City Bird Feeders
Join Nicola Plant designing skyscraper feeders, using recycled packaging, for our sociable city birds.

Friday 17 February 2-4pm: Dalston Scarecrow Catwalk
It’s the hottest ticket in town for London Fashion Week! Using a variety of yarns and a few funky stitches, help Emamoke and Yemi sew the printed fabrics  from Tuesday’s workshops onto t-shirts, skirts and trousers, before dressing the scarecrows in their spring/summer designer collection.

Autumn half-term 2011

Sunday 16 October 2-4pm:
Terrific Totems

Monday 24 October, 1-4pm:
Lantern making

Tuesday 25 October, 2-4pm:
Terrific Totems

Wednesday 26 October, 2-4pm:
Story-telling

Thursday 27 October, 2-4pm:
Mask making

Friday 28 October, 2-4pm:
Pumpkin Carving

Saturday 29, 2-7pm:
Halloween Pumpkin Lantern Show

Summer Holidays 2011

Wednesday 31 August
Art Wednesday: Raising the Flag

Wednesday 17 August, 2-5pm
Art Wednesday: Watercolours

Wednesday 10 August, 2-5pm
Art Wednesday: Monoprints

Wednesday 27  &  Thursday 28 July 2-5pm
Making natural forms lampshades

Summer half-term workshops June 2011

We’ve got three days of activities for children over the summer half-term holidays, all leading up to a Big Banquet celebrating all things fruit and vegetable!

These activities are free and suitable for ages 5-15*.

Wednesday 1 June, 2-5pm
Printing for a banquet
Textile designer Emamoke Ukeleghe who recently ran the ‘Hackney Head Wraps’ workshop in the Garden, will be teaching how to print fabrics. Using a variety of techniques, including stencil and potato printing and with plants as the inspiration, we’ll be making lovely table cloths, bunting, and napkins to decorate the Garden for our banquet on Friday.

Thursday 2 June, 2-5pm
Big Tomato Day
Get your apron on and learn how to prepare all kinds of delicious fresh food with tomatoes, vegetables and herbs from the Garden, for gobbling up at our big banquet on Friday.

Friday 3 June, 2-5pm
Kaleidoscope of Fruit and Vegetables
Local artist Nicola Plant is returning to the Garden for this workshop of drawing, painting and pattern making, using fruit and vegetables.

This will be followed by the Big Banquet for everyone who has taken part in any of the week’s workshops. * The banquet will be organised by young people aged 11-15, but anyone can help. Starting time for the festivities is 5pm!

Children should be accompanied by an adult. You don’t need to book, but try to come on time!

This summer half-term programme has been funded by the Sunny Fund and by the Off Centre, a counselling, therapy, advice and information service for anyone aged between 11 and 25 who lives, works or studies in Hackney. The Off-Centre are funding the programme for older children, as part of their on-going support for cooking and food-growing activities for young people at the Garden.

Spring holiday workshops April 2011

All workshops are free and for children aged 5 – 12

Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 April 2011, 2-5pm
Designing Fantasy Gardens and Building Dens
Following on from February’s Half-term ‘Nest’ workshop, local artist Nicola Plant is returning to the Garden for three days during the first week of the holidays.

Monday 18 & Wednesday 20 April 2011, 2-5pm
Making Flying Birds
Join Artists Steph Bedford and Tanya Andrew using recycled materials to create ‘bird’ art, The birds you make will be suspended from the roof of the Garden pavilion to be blown by the wind…

Tuesday 19 April 2011, 2-5pm
Scribble in the Garden, with Nadia Gasper
Would you like to write a poem about the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden for our special anthology of writing for the Garden’s website?

Thursday 21 April 2011, 2-5pm
Making Scarecrows with the Secret Seed Society
Join Amy Cooper of the Secret Seed Society building human size ‘Seed City’ vegetable character ‘scarecrows’ for the beds in the Eastern Curve Garden.