As well as facilitating Sex Ed workshops in schools for the last month, I’ve been involved in a few events aimed exclusively at adults. Although the style of presentation has been different, these have all involved using an arts & crafts or D.I.Y approach. These events reaffirmed my belief in this as a particularly good medium for exploring personal issues in a fun, engaging and accessible way.
The first was a ‘genital making’ workshop, hosted by the Candid Collective. Adapted from an activity used to teach children about anatomy, puberty and health, this saw us showing adults how to make vulvas and penises with air drying clay to then be turned in to fridge magnets! Held in a cosy upstairs room of a pub in South London, it had a very different feel to the classroom and was lots of fun.
The second was a talk for the antiuniversity lecture series – in which a group of us took to a local park to talk about arts and craft as a medium for discussing bodies and our own experiences of sex ed. This culminated in making a ‘zine page about some of the issues that had been brought up.
There are a couple of future crafting themed sex and relationship events (in London) for adults that you may be interested in:
- Queering Collaging with Gayathiri (a fellow Sexplain UK faciliator), in Camden on Saturday 20th July, 2.30-5pm.
- The Candid Collective’s second ‘Pussy Magnets’ workshop in Deptford, Thursday August 15th 7.30 – 9pm.
Thanks to Lisa, Leah, Adam and Bel for the images!