Tuesday, December 13, 2011

We are all in the Neighbourhood House

10 Dec

Our secret feet destination was revealed on Sunday. Visitors to the Artisan 'House' Market were guided between the two rooms, by our vibrant and varied footprints.

We tested them out...

We received a lot of comments on the day as well as a positive message from our House Chairperson, Liz. She writes/posts:

Well I've just had the greatest surprise. I rocked up to the House to get set up for tomorrow's market and found this! Look what our Creative Kids have done to help get people from the front door to the back room full of more goodies. Aren't they just wonderful! thanks Kids (and Amanda) - much appreciated.
In addition our hope flag was completed and offered to the House. Thanks 'S' for stitching them together. 
Some CKs wanted to create a spiders web, like the one they formed with Marita. I had received some yarn from a generous lady at the House, so there was yarn available. 'O' guided the 'spider web' group. There was a lot of organisation, a lot of laughter, a lot of yarn woven together. At some stage the web found itself as more of a 'snake'. Whilst cutting it up was fun I brought awareness of 'not wasting' what had been so generously donated. Tassels began to form, for the 'secret project' tomorrow.
It was a BIG day finishing projects and placing offerings to the House, our community.
For me it was a lovely end of term. I wish all of the CK's and their families a safe, joyful festive season. 
Take care out there, Amanda.

Natural prints

3 Dec

Honey, spices and a dash of gum arabic, grind it together with the back of the spoon for a whole song track and wa'la the Creative Kids had made their own paint.

With a piece of plastic board each, the CKs 'painted' their marks ready for pressing, to create a monoprint. This was a challenge for some, as monoprints can be quite abstract by nature. After viewing some examples from other artist's this was a more accepting concept. Even more accepting with the excitement of what you got when the paper was removed from the plate.

With two test pieces – wet paper and dry paper was explored.

Tumeric hue on dry and wet.

Paprika hue on wet and dry.

Once test pieces were complete it was on to the larger final pieces.
Again, two each.

 I then invited the CKs to sit quietly in-front of their monoprints, to see what was there and to write a short piece of writing or poem, about it.
I asked one artist if I could include her's for you to see.

suma tree
suma tree in the hot sun

the suma tree is dry and it has not rained
for weeks and the ground is falling apart,
but... suddenly the rain came


winta tree
winta tree in the cooled rain

the winta tree was drowning
because of the big flood.

Thank you 'V' for sharing.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Who's been in the Neighbourhood House

26 November

Now this weeks work is a bit of a surprise, so I can't say much about where they are going. But what I can say is that there has been a lot of activity through the House...

To start we danced around a little like tribal dancers to get to know our feet

Word has it that these ones were inspired by dot paintings...

Loads of colours and shapes...

Even a few four legged friends
(I heard there were dogs, birds, elephants and a giraffe)

A lovely reminder of a friend who was from Africa, who this CK no longer sees, but remembers. 

Interesting how many different footprints there are through a Neighbourhood House!

Curious? Follow us to The House Artisan Market, Sunday 11th December. Sussex Neighbourhood House (235-237 Sussex St, Coburg North. 11am – 3pm.

Hitting the canvas

19 November

Today was painting on canvas day! I invited the CKs to select one, or a couple, of cut-out images as inspiration. Just a starting point for their painting.

It was a quiet focused time and as in the past palettes have been shared. This means we need to be really considerate of others, especially when it comes to mixing colours. Those with a lot of experience in this assisted their fellow artists in hue selections – well done!

 This piece below, titled 'buttons' used 3 images as inspiration.

A beach and a man at the cricket.
(the inspiration was attached to the canvas)

Others used their imagination as inspiration. 
In this piece the artist also wrote about what he saw. His buddy also responded.
{This response was helpful the next week when he added more to the painting}
Great collaboration. 

Paint brought a shift in style for this artist. 

The CKs were keen for me to do one also. I selected a landscape image as my inspiration.
It was an opportunity to show a different style (with watered down paint) - plus a lovely time of working together as two other CKs helped in adding the flowers.
We had to look closely at the picture to see where the flowers were placed!

In a tree-house looking out at the birds. 

Just the start.
This CK worked closely with his inspiration image to get perspective, tones and shadowing right.
{He continues this next week}

Pieces were titled and left to dry. Some were worked on the next week, some were finished!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mandalas in our world

12th November

We start seated back in our circle. With examples from nature I showed the CKs that mandalas are everywhere in nature. We looked closely at a flower, some bark, even a piece of grass with a seed-head – all of which carried a circle on them, somewhere. With fascination the CKs launched with enthusiasm into today's topic was 'to include a mandala' in what they created. A few are shown below.

The world and the sky created from circular pieces of tissue and fabric (with stars).

So many circles... such wonderful attention to their presence
and a lovely contemporary work.

 Four different circles modalities - can you see them all

A house with circular accessories!

Gifts for a special friend.

The beginning constructions of a UFO.
One CK helped the other in it's creation. 

I found it very rewarding to see how creative the CKs have become. It was also lovely to share our pieces with the group at the end and observe where the circles appeared in each others work. It was great to 'do the rounds'...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Hopes and dreams

Creative Kids
22nd October & 5th November

Firstly a thank you to Marita who began this lovely project with the CKs. Our reflections of the two weeks are combined...

This Saturday's Creative Kids session was themed around hopes and dreams.
The group were invited to stand in a circle next to their piece of coloured length that was taped to the ground.

Each CK was invited to non-verbally swap places with another CK in the group, by using eye contact and facial expressions, and as they swapped places to bring their length of material with them. They were also invited to offer a silent hopeful wish for the person they were swapping with. This was unfamiliar for us all and took some time to adjust to, yet swiftly the swaps were flowing simultaneously between 2 - 4 children at a time. Delight seemed to be a shared experience, by witnessing some smiles.

The coloured lengths of material became increasingly interwoven, forming a centre piece. I invited the group to pause and look at what we were creating and it was described as a spider web. The energy of the group then seemed to shift and some became spiders with excited weaving energy. We then tried to raise the centre knot by tacking the long end lengths to the surrounding walls - an installation had formed taking up half the room. This brought more zestful energy with some CK's launching through the web, around and under, whilst weaving with their ends and much laughter/play.

Another invitation was given to leave the installation and move into creating hopes and dreams flags, most joined this new activity whilst a few "spiders" were busy playing in the web. Using textas, cotton and buttons, the CKs were invited to consider their hopes and dreams that were discussed at the start of the session as some were drawn in journals/on paper. New challenges of threading needles, attaching material with hand stitches and sewing on buttons, were all met with patient - insistent trying by the CKs - Very impressive. And natural creativity was taken in a whole new direction by one CK, who chopped up her string of flags, to sew a cushion!

There was hope for an alien (toy), for animals, for nature, for time spent with friends. 

With a break in-between for Melbourne Cup weekend the project recommenced this week. 
'Hopes' were completed for individual flags and also for one which will be presented to the Neighbourhood House - which I will stitch together this week. Here are some of the individual pieces. 

Nature became the common thread, along side family and friends. 
Some hopes were spoken of but not drawn, as they are private hopes.
It was nice that they were shared.

From Marita: I was heart-warmed and inspired being with all the CKs - Thankyou!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Creative Journals

15th October

The first week back for the Creative Kids, for term 4, saw new journals and lots of activity. Journals were 'made their own' with favourite things added and different materials explored.

This little artist included her teddy and sewing – both things she loves. Even colouring some wool yellow, for teddy's filling.

She was also inventive with the glue turning it into paint by added some dye.

Monsters featured, from favourite playstation games. This one shows the monster when it was a baby.
Sometimes a scribble-drawing, which 'spaces' are then filled with colour & texture, can be a great way to start.

Different ways of working with dye were explored.
With varying outcomes. 

It was great to see the artist's try new things and working-with the non-controlled nature of the dye medium.

In contrast to the free-flowing dye, these drawings saw the artist working quietly with alot of focus,
to visually tell of her love of animals.

All journals are unique, just like their artist owners. What a creative start to the term.