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Winging Away with Whistler – Hat Making with Claire Halpin

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Construction and creation!


Our Collection has riches that have charmed and engaged audiences from when they were first made to now and a lithograph titled The Winged Hat by the artist James Whistler is what caught artist Claire Halpin’s attention.


She has taken the focus of the work, a sculptural hat worn by the woman in the work as the focus. She invites you to learn more about the artist and consider constructing, creating and making up to 5 hats/head-gear. And before boys switch off, it’s not just a workshop for girls, with some turbo boosted hats in there too.


Workshop Information: Materials to gather
Ruler A4/A3
Paper or Card
Scissors, Glue, Tape,
Stapler String, Wool,
Wire Recycled Packaging – Tubs, Tubes, Containers, Sticks, Plastic Bottles, Corks


If you’re working with younger children, view the video in advance to help prepare yourself. It is shorter than a real time workshop which would normally be 1 hour 30 minutes, but you can stop and start the video at stages so that children can take part slowly and reflectively with the session.

  • Type: Workshop
  • Date and Time: May 7, 2020 - 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Costs:Brought materials
  • Duration:1h30min