Heaton Map – Whirlwind Wednesday 

Well that was one busy Wednesday- two workshops for Y4 at Chillingham Road Primary in the morning and one with the Skills for Life group at Trewhitt Road in the afternoon.

At Chilly, Y4 split into two groups with 14 working on the map before break and then 15 more after break. We were set up in the lovely dedicated art room, ably assisted by Mrs Feare, Mr Russell and Melanie, visiting from Benton Primary, also part of the Ouseburn Learning Partnership.

I set the room up with different workstations and the children rotated around each activity, painting the streets white, printing on more houses, painting parks and the river, printing individual pennants and a lucky few got to make pom-poms with the amazing pom-pom makers!

The pupils all worked really hard and we got a lot done in a short amount of time (without getting  too messy!)


The map uses simple colours and linoprints to show the different features of Heaton – so there is a print of blue church with a spire wherever there is a church on the map, a brown cafe for all the places to eat out, a black shop print – lots of those on Chillingham Road😄. There will be footprints to show footpaths, dogs to show where dogs go walking and cars in the car parks. So hopefully the map will look decorative AND be accurate! Can you guess what the pea pod represents?


Pom-pom makers in action!

I had to do a quick pack up at the end of the morning, using my trusty trolley to carry the equipment and materials from Chilli’ Rd to Trewhitt Rd.

How Eco- friendly is that😉

At Trewhitt Road the Skills for Life Learners are going to use their map making workshop to launch a series of activities based around maps and knowing the local neighbourhood. Isn’t that lovely?


Once again we had different workstations so people could try out the different activities. No streets to paint as the children had done them all in the morning – but lots of houses to print and pennants to make. 

For the pennants, every workshop participant gets to choose the Lino block and the colour that they want to use, then they print their choice and write their first name under it, a nice way of recording how many people have taken part😄

After all that I needed a cup of tea and a biscuit  ☕️🍪 however instead I went home and made a 6 layer rainbow birthday cake for my daughter🎂. It’s a busy (& colourful) life! 

Oh, and the pea pod shows where the allotments are🌱

Published by Donna Cheshire Textiles

I am a professional textile artist specializing in Appliqué and Free Motion machine stitching. In order to create a unique colour palette, I hand dye my own fabrics and then use these to create the landscapes and coastal scenes recorded in my sketchbook. I often incorporate recycled or vintage fabrics in my work - they add meaning to the story the work is telling. I love being so close to the Northumbrian coast and countryside and I especially like taking time walk and draw these stunning landscapes

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