|2008 ‘Carnival of the Animals’
The cobwebs glistened in the morning light. As the fog lifted, the marquees, bunting , banners and balloons went up across the Common. The scene was set for ’Carnival of the Animals’. The historic cockpit in the centre of the Common was filled with a petting zoo of rabbits, goats, ducks, roosters, hens, guinea pigs and even a pony. The puppeteers and their turquoise blue hedgehog enticed young children to draw while waiting for the puppet show.The beat of the African drums and the smell of the barbecue filled the air. The day was magical. The Bromley Museum curators invited people to make caveman animal prints. In the heart of the woods children sculpted clay animals, templates of garden birds could be traced and coloured, there was a masterclass in watercolours run by The Chislehurst Artists. Museum butterfly and bug boxes inspired close observation sketching, while Conquest Art, art for the disabled, made animal skin matchboxes filled with miniature animal drawings. There was an ABC animal treasure hunt in the church, a community mural colouring of a Tiger in a Storm, t-shirts to design and the secondary students provided creative animal face painting for the younger children.