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Flourish Half Term: The Celebration of Celery

Artist Flora Duley, who contributes frequently to our Flourish programme, has prepared two workshops for families this half term. 

Explore the history of celery by creating and decorating Greek inspired coins and printing your own textiles.

We would love to see your half term creations. Please take photos of your workshop results and email them to northken@acava.org or upload them on to your favourite social media platform and tag us #ACAVAatHome. 

 

Activity 1: Celery Salary

Artist Flora Duley is inviting families to celebrate celery this half term by creating salt-dough coins inspired by historic greek coins from 540 BC.

 

 

 

You will need

  • A bunch of celery
  • Knife to cut celery (ask for help from an adult with this bit)
  • To make the salt dough: 1 cupful of plain flour (about 250g); half a cupful of table salt (about 125g); half a cupful of water (about 125ml)
  • Food colouring or paint/PVA glue for decoration
  • Optional: rolling pin

 

Step 1: Prepare the celery

  1. Cut the stalks form the bunch of celery
  2. Save the leaves and the stalks

 

 

Step 2: Make the salt dough coins

  1. Preheat the oven to its lowest setting and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
  2. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water and stir until it comes together into a ball.
  3. Roll out your salt dough to about 1cm thickness on to a floured surface
  4. Use a small biscuit cutter or anything circular to cut out lots of circular shaped coins (or tear off small balls of dough and squash them into flat circles)
  5. The ancient Greek coins were not perfect circles – if you look at the coins in the image below, you can see that they were handmade and not cut by a machine

 

 

Step 3: Decorate your coins

  1. Press shapes into your coins using the leaves and the celery stalk to decorate
  2. You can add colour before you bake with food colouring, or decorate after baking
  3. Put your finished items on the baking sheet and bake for 3 hours, or until solid at a low heat
  4. Leave to cool and then paint. Add a layer of PVA paint to give the coins a shiny effect

 

 

Background history on this activity

 

These are images of the first coins minted in ancient Europe: silver didrachm from the city of Selinus (Sicily, circa 540 - 515 BC) with the emblem of Selinus, the wild celery or selinon leaf.

 

Activity 2: Celery Merchandise

This video shares ideas for printmaking with vegetable scraps, food colouring and homemade egg tempera to create unique textiles you can use.

 

 

Please take photos of your creations and email them to northken@acava.org or upload them on to your favourite social media platform and tag us #ACAVAatHome.