Art Makers inspired by Hollywood for summer exhibition

Art Makers at our Centre in Knaresborough have created unique artwork inspired by their favourite films for our new exhibition this summer. We spoke to Wesley and Pottery workshop leader Maki for an inside look at Wesley's minion creations inspired by the film Despicable Me.

Art Maker Wesley with some of his ceramic minions inspired by Despicable Me

Wesley has always loved the Despicable Me films and was inspired to start drawing some of his favourite characters in his art studio sessions. With the support of workshop leaders, he transferred his designs into artwork including minion mosaics, coasters and most recently this colourful set of ceramic characters.

Pottery workshop leader Maki said: “I didn’t know Wesley liked drawing when he first started here. He used to work with clay directly without designing on paper first. So when he told me he liked minions I suggested he could start drawing them. We talked about the different characteristics they each have, from their goggle eyes to the detail of their spiky hair.”

Wesley's design for a purple minion Evil minion close up

Wesley has enjoyed learning new techniques throughout the project. He said: “I started with the flat shapes. Then I used coiling to put sausages of clay on top of each other to make the minion bodies. We had to scrap some of the first ones because the clay dried out as I was making them. But it’s got easier as I learnt more. I’m proud of what I’ve done.”

Wesley using coils to create the body shape of one of his minions Wesley creating the shape for the minions

By following his interests, Wesley has developed his confidence in working with clay. Maki explains that her role is to support Wesley to bring his designs to life. “All the details, the colours and ideas for this project have come from Wesley. The more he does, the more ideas he has and the more he enjoys the process.”

Wesley’s minions are now on sale in the pottery workshop window as part of our Hollywood Showcase. Visit us to enjoy more film-inspired window displays created here at the centre by our Art Makers.

Wesley painting one of his minion coasters

Henshaws Hollywood showcase runs throughout the summer until Sunday 28th August at our Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough. Opening times Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.


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