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Family Workshops


The Plinth is an opportunity for all ages to celebrate their lockdown artworks, performance skills and hidden talents. To help you get creative we are running an online Family Workshop series.

To accompany each workshop material packs will be available for collection from The Glassworks every Thursday - Friday, 9am - 5pm. We will launch a new workshop online every Saturday. Workshops will remain online and can be streamed anytime from our YouTube channel.

There are 6 video workshops, all created by Folkestone-based artists, with ideas of how to make a sculpture for a Folkestone Plinth.

For each workshop there are 50 free material packs available, one per family on a first come first served basis. 

Workshop dates:

  • Matt Rowe – Saturday 26 September
  • Emily Martin – Saturday 3 October
  • Victoria Houghton – Saturday 10 October
  • Coral – Saturday 17 October
  • Katrin Albrecht – Saturday 24 October
  • Jeni Johnson – Saturday 31 October


Saturday 26 September

Abstract portrait Sand Casting with Matt Rowe

Using interesting shapes, forms and objects of your choice, using sand and plaster you will cast and create your own super cool abstract portraits.

Follow this link to join the workshop


Saturday 3 October

Mini Miró's with Emily Martin

Build a miniature sculpture inspired by the surrealist artist Miró. Beginning with some automatic drawing, we'll create our own surreal symbols to develop into your own unique sculpture using a range of materials from wire to corrugated cardboard!

Follow this link to join the workshop

Saturday 10 October

Seagulls and Rockpools with Victoria Houghton

 Make a seagull out of modelling clay inspired by Mark Dion’s ‘Seagull’, The Mobile Gull Appreciation Unit. Victoria will give step by step instructions showing you how to make the four simple shapes needed to build the model plus variations on the design! (This project is suitable for children aged seven and upwards, younger children will need a grown up helper)

Follow this link to join the workshop

Saturday 17 October

Misbehaving monument with Coral Brooks

This workshop with artist and educator Coral Brookes invites you to explore the plinth as a misbehaving monument. Monuments are sites for sculpture which share a particular time, story or moment, they are often really big and quite serious. This workshop invites you to reimagine the monument, creating an experimental clay piece to share own stories as sculpture, no matter how small, strange, silly or serious!

Follow this link to join the workshop

Saturday 24 October 

Margarine Mayhem with Katrin Albrecht 

Make your own unique sculptures using this special but simple casting technique. During this workshop, you will learn how to make negative shapes and forms using a tub of margarine. Using plaster you will then cast your own sculptures! Elevate your at-home creativity from living room floor to a prime position on The Plinth.


Saturday 31 October

Channel Marker People with Jenni Johnson 

Make your own sculpture person out of clay! For inspiration, use channel marker buoys you find in the sea to build shapes, and forms to create your own Channel Marker Person. See how they look exhibited on a plinth!

Donate and help us to keep Folkestone creative. Click here to donate online or text CREATIVEFOLKESTONE to 70085 to donate £3 to our Learning and Engagement Programme.

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