Smart art show at civic centre

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children’s TV presenter and writer Mike Amatt brings his Smart Attack of Art to Castleford Civic Centre this half-term.

Mike created the cartoon characters for his first TV series Mop & Smiff in the 1980s and then went on to write and present Playschool. As recently as 2003 Mike presented Forget-Me-Not Farm on BBC1 and CBeebies.

Now he will bring his popular stage art show for children to the civic centre on Tuesday February 22 at 2pm.

The show includes drawing demonstrations, with Mike creating popular characters like Buzz Lightyear, Wallace and Gromit and Mickey Mouse on stage, and sees youngsters getting up on stage to play decorated cardboard air guitars and drawing cartoons.

Mike said: “It’s a combination of the BBC and ITV shows Art Attack and Smart Art, and there’s lots of Rolf Harris-style painting, music and sound effects, and I use UV lighting and fluorescent spray paint to create a big planets scene which is really effective and looks incredible when you see it come to life.

“Art is a subject which inspires children, and I don’t understand why there are no art shows like Art Attack or Take Hart on TV any more.”

Mike aims to redress the balance with his joke-packed show, with prizes and giveaways, and fun for all the family.

He added: “As a parent, to sit in a show, watching your children enjoying themselves, and having a great time yourself, is what it’s all about.”

Tickets for A Smart Attack of Art cost £6 and are available from Razzle-Dazzle ‘Em, 3-5 Sagar Street, Castleford, or on the door.