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About Folk Costume Making

Embark on a journey of creativity and discovery with our costume making workshop, inspired by traditional folk costumes from Eastern Europe.

What will you learn on this course?

During this two-day course, children will have the opportunity to create costumes inspired by traditional folk costumes from Europe.

Participants will unleash their imagination and artistic talents as they design and craft their own own pieces, including a headdress/hat, a waistcoat, a cuff and a leg piece! They will be free to decide the basic shapes of their pieces - for which they'll have a range of different ideas and templates – and which materials work best to execute their design. Their work will involve bold silhouettes and lots of decorative elements, including beads and embellishments!

Crafting costumes involves cutting, gluing, hand sewing, building up textures and embellishment which will enhance fine motor skills and attention to detail. The children will use a variety of textiles, such as calico, felt, ribbons, wool and thread. As well as recycled materials, such as cardboard and also some wire for structure.

Through hands-on costume making, children will delve into the vibrant traditions and stories of Eastern Europe, making learning an enjoyable and immersive experience.

Accompanied by a fun and easy introduction to the traditional cultures of Eastern Europe, and interesting facts about the theme throughout the class, children will learn the value of respecting and celebrating cultural differences while having fun with making their very special pieces to wear.

Join us for an exciting two-day adventure and develop your creativity with new friends, as you spend a day costume making in one of MAC’s fully equipped studios!

Who is this course for?

This one-day course is suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years old. It is open to all ability levels and children don’t need previous experience, as full instruction and guidance will be provided by the Tutor. We also provide a learning support worker and all our staff our DBS checked. Parents are not expected to accompany children on these courses.

The course is accessible for children of all abilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. A parent or carer may assist their child if required but must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible.

Age ranges are set carefully to consider key age developments, materials being used, and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

Do you need to bring anything?

You may want to bring in design sources to inspire your work. Or if you have a favourite piece of scrap fabric that you have always wanted to use - here's a chance to use it!

Please wear old clothes, or something you don’t mind getting a bit messy, to work in.

Please note that lunch is not provided. Children will need to bring their own lunch to eat on a supervised one-hour break.

Are there any additional costs?

Materials required for this course are included in the course fee.

Who teaches this course?

Bo Toth

Dates and times

  • April – April