Playing With & For The Community
Last Friday (7 June), SCYA spent their morning holding a Papermaking Workshop at Goodman Arts Centre.
Billy taught 50 kindergarteners of Pat’s Schoolhouse about the process of papermaking, shared trivia about paper and gave the students a hands-on session!
Look at the kids watching Billy prepare the pulp that they will later get to sieve into paper!
The session started with Billy giving a presentation (created by projects coordinator Victoria) on a short introduction to paper.
He also brought in a light he made himself out of recycled paper and cut bamboo.
Wow… who knew you could make a lamp out of recycled paper? That’s why paper is so important, kids!
Later, he demonstrated how paper was made by blending the paper mixture into a pulp and adding them into a huge vat of icky paper bits. Yuck!
As he poured the pulp into the vat, all the kids rushed off the seating mats to get a closer look.
How cute! :3
The students were both fascinated and slightly repulsed by the mixture, with some calling it ‘paper vomit’!
Billy showed them how to make a sheet of paper from the pulp.
This is him using a squeegee to squeeeeeeeeze out all the water from the silkscreen, effectively pressing the paper fibres into the cloth beneath and creating a sheet of paper.
HANDS-ON! (no pictures were taken because both Billy and Victoria had their hands full keeping all fifty kids entertained)
Billy helped every single child create their own sheet of paper.
Meanwhile, Victoria kept those waiting in line occupied by providing them each with a sheet of handmade recycled paper (credits to Billy’s hard work for this) to embellish and fold into a shirt or cut into a doily.
The kids were extremely enthusiastic throughout the hands-on activity, asking a lot of questions and wanting to learn how to make everything in the short span of time.
At the end of the lesson, all the sheets of paper were brought outdoors to dry under the sun.
Above is a picture of the students marvelling at how the pulp magically transformed into paper. Amazing!
Once the paper is dried, Billy will collect all of them and deliver their own paper to the schoolhouse for the children to take home.
A very fulfilling morning indeed!
If you would like to learn how to make paper too, visit contemporaryart.sg or contact SCYA via firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Papermaking classes by Billy for children and adults are available, and the classes can be specifically tailored to suit your needs (just like the Pats Schoolhouse workshop) as well!