|2009 ‘Alice Meets Darwin in Wonderland’ Trail Blazer Award
We were chosen for the Trail Blazer Award this year, selected from over 1300 venues across the country. The award is given to the event committee who repeatedly creates the most innovative and engaging activities in the pursuit of drawing and artistic experience.
We had great fun planning activities to fit in with our Alice and Darwin theme. We painted with gigantic paint brushes, played chess with metre high handmade Darwin and Wonderland figures, took a thinking walk in the woods and delved in the world of microscopic art. We met the challenge of the stilt walking Duchess and the puppeteers, played colourful flamingo croquet, created new species, laughed with Darwin and the Dodo performers and sketched alongside textile artist Liz Lancashire with her knitted ‘Darwin’s Leftovers’. We recreated Darwin’s desk for careful observation drawing, had Alice and Hatter posing for life drawing, made miniature pocket watch portraits and The Chislehurst Artists led a masterclass in painting watercolour teapots. We finished the afternoon with splendid cakes and tea, of course, at the Mad Hatters tea party.