Half-term family activities

Photograph by Cat Lane

Spooky Ceramic Lanterns with Andrew Macdermott

Monday 26 October 2020


Free, we’ll send you a live Zoom link.

Material pack (Optional)

Collection from MKAC Saturday 24 October, 10am–4pm

What will be covered in the workshop?
Join ceramic artist Andrew Macdermott in a Spooktacular ceramic lantern making workshop using slab building techniques and items found at home. During this demonstration, participants will learn how to create slabs of clay to wrap around cylindrical objects and create a base for your lantern to sit on. You will learn how to use cross hatching and create a clay slip to secure pieces of your lantern together and will be shown how tools found around the house and outdoors can help to add texture and decoration to your final piece.

Families of all ages are welcome to watch the demonstration for free as we live stream on Zoom. For those wanting to give it a go alongside Andy, please see below for a list of things to get ready before you start. Some materials can be purchased at the time of booking and collected from Milton Keynes Arts Centre.

For inspiration on useful tools found around the home and outdoors to shape and decorate your lantern, check out Andy’s recent online creative learning video Pottery Tools Guide here.

You will need
  • Clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Newspaper
  • Knife for cutting shapes into clay
  • Tools to decorate your clay (see Andy’s Pottery Tool Guide)
  • Bottle or thick tube for wrapping clay around
  • Pot of water
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic paint
  • A clear work surface 

Material packs include (recommended one per person)
  • Clay
  • Halloween shape cutter
  • Pottery Tool

The Arts Centre will be open the following hours over the holiday period.

Sat 28 May 10am – 3pm*
Mon 30 May 10am – 4pm
Tues 31 May 10am – 4pm
Wed 1 June 10am – 4pm
Thurs 2 June CLOSED
Fri 3 June CLOSED
Sat 4 June 10am – 4pm
Sun 5 June CLOSED**

* Closed early for private event
** The Great Linford Family Activity Packs can be collected on Sun 5 June from our neighbouring St Andrews Church from 1–3pm as part of the Jubilee celebrations.

Booking Terms and Conditions
Completing your booking with Milton Keynes Arts Centre signifies your agreement to the below terms of Refunds and Cancellation. All profits support our annual programme of exhibitions, events and charitable outreach projects.

Bookings are non-refundable and only transferable at the discretion of Milton Keynes Arts Centre. Any workshops that you are unable to attend cannot be refunded and cannot be reallocated.

Courses may be rescheduled/cancelled by Milton Keynes Arts Centre if the minimum number of required students is not met. Notification of a possible reschedule/cancellation will be sent to students three-working days before the first workshop of the term, in this instance only will refunds be issued in full if a course is rescheduled/cancelled.
Photographs and/or video will be taken during this course
As a registered charity, it can sometimes be necessary to share photos and videos of our community outreach in printed matter, social media, press releases and funding applications. By taking part in this event you grant Milton Keynes Arts Centre full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming to help achieve our charitable aims.

You can find most of the materials you need at home, or you can purchase our pre-made materials packs at the time of booking and collect directly from Milton Keynes Arts Centre.

For every materials pack bought by those who can afford it, we will give away one for free to those who need a little extra support.

If you receive any of the below, please use discount code HAPPYHALLOWEEN in the ‘Order Summary’ in the checkout and provide proof upon collection of your materials.

  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Disability Allowance/Personal Independence Payment
  • Universal Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Incapacity Benefit/Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance

Donate what you can
Milton Keynes Arts Centre is a registered charity using creativity to change and enrich the lives of Milton Keynes communities. Our core charitable aim is to provide marginalised and vulnerable communities with unique opportunities to engage with and actively participate in arts and culture in Milton Keynes.

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