WORKSHOP : Salt Dough with Grainne Taylor (7/9yrs)

Salt dough is a great medium for young artists, and once you have started to have fun with it in this workshop, you will return to it, again and again, to create objects for different seasons or just to sculpt and play with!

It’s so easy to whip up a batch of salt dough and children will be amazed at what they create, and all with simple ingredients from the kitchen.

In this workshop, we will demonstrate mixing the dough, and a few easy to do projects for children aged 7 to 9 to achieve…with a little help from an adult.

We will use simple sculpting techniques and rolling and some painting and colouring to make a rainbow sculpture, a handprint and some beads. Once children have the hang of the techniques necessary, they can use the dough to make little dinosaur sculptures, seasonal decorations or whatever they fancy. We will go through the drying process and decorating and finishing afterwards to complete the creations.




Date: March 31st (Wednesday)

Time: 2.30pm


Age: 7/9yrs

Location: Zoom


About Grainne Taylor

Grainne Taylor is a Waterford based artist and designer working in the medium of clay. She uses print techniques, moulds and textures to create interesting and unique ceramics and jewellery. Grainne enjoys sharing her love of art through classes both in her studio in Waterford (pre-covid!) and currently online in metal clays, pottery and salt dough.

Salt dough- which can be traced all the way back to ancient Egypt- is a versatile medium. It is made from flour, salt and water and is great fun to work with. It can be used to create decorations, small sculptures, wall décor and images and is suitable for all age groups.


TOP 10 Things You’ll Need: 

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2/3 cup of water approx.
  • Use of an oven!
  • Tray for the oven
  • Parchment or greaseproof paper
  • Children’s Paints and Paintbrush or/and food colouring
  • Blunt knife and fork (for cutting and making textures, plastic would do fine)
  • Drinking straw, paperclips
  • Pieces of String or/and ribbons

Other useful bits and bobs

  • Glitter, glitter glue
  • Buttons, shells, leaves
  • Cookie cutters
  • Scissors
  • Rolling pin
  • Mod podge, PVA or varnish to finish the pieces