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How to Make a Whimsical Fairy or Gnome with Foam Clay

This workshop will show you how to make a fairy or gnome out of foam clay.

Foam clay is an excellent air dry and mess free clay that is soft and easy to manipulate for little hands. Foam clay has been used extensively in the cosplay world and it is praised for its very light weight and ease of use. It comes in a large array of colours and is fun for everyone. By squeezing squishing and pulling the clay we will experiment with different shapes, forms and textures.

Everyone will be encouraged to use their imagination and creativity to brainstorm ideas before we begin. We will explore ideas including colours and shapes and discuss how these shapes can be used in our creation.

We will experiment with the clay by rolling and kneading to get an idea of how the clay works and feels. Once we understand how to mold and shape the clay we will start to assemble the different parts of our project before finally attaching it all to one complete piece. Everyone will be encouraged to add their own details to personalize each creation. Embellishments like button and gems will be provided for some extra decorations. By the end of this workshop everyone will have a unique and colourful creation they’re proud of.

Time: 10:30AM

Cost: $3/person

Demographic: Ages 4+

No pre-registration is required, however, spots are limited and on a first-come basis while capacity and supplies last.

About the Artist:

My name is Courtney and I am a self taught artist based in Kingston and a Mom of two.

In 2021 I started a small business selling handmade jewelry and art including woodburning, clay sculptures and mixed media creations. Since starting my business I’ve had the chance to participate in many local events including Women’s Artfest, The Kingston Holiday Market, and Fantasy in the Forest.

My hobbies include crafting, painting and baking. I also love reading and studying nature and poetry. I spend a lot of time researching different animals and plants, my favourites being insects and fungi.

Much of my art is inspired by my love of nature. I enjoy studying the shapes and textures of plants and I spend a lot of time experimenting with unique mediums to get different results. I love to create lifelike sculptures of different mushrooms and animals but I also love to use my imagination to make strange and unusual sculptures that are magical and mischievous.

I’m excited to see where this journey takes me in the coming years through art related workshops and courses in the Kingston area.

View Courtney’s online platforms for Lichen fairytales Gifts & Decor here.

Whimsical Fairy

Whimsical Fairy

Museum hours

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm

*closed on holiday weekend Saturdays and Mondays

Archives hours

Monday – Friday: 10am – 12pm* & 1 – 4pm

*closed from 12 –  1pm 

Macpherson House & Park hours

Tuesday – Thursday, 1 – 4pm in July & August

Holiday Hours 2024

February 17 – 19: Closed (Family Day Weekend)
March 29 – April 1: Closed (Good Friday & Easter Weekend)
May 18 – 20: Closed (Victoria Day Weekend)
June 29 – July 1: Closed (Canada Day Weekend)
August 3 – 5: Closed (Civic Holiday Weekend)
August 31 – September  2: Closed (Labour Day Weekend)

Museum and Archives daily rate

Adults (ages 13+): $3
Children (ages 12 and under): free

Museum & Archives location

97 Thomas St E, Napanee, ON K7R 4B9

Macpherson House & Park location

180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5

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Labour Day Weekend Hours

Please note that the Museum & Archives will be closed from Saturday, September 2nd - Monday, September 4th for the Labour Day long weekend.

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, September 5th.
Have a great long weekend!