Monday, May 30, 2011

Full of hope

28th May

Inspired by the artistic work of Franck de Las Mercedes' the CK's created their own 'hope boxes'. Sliently we thought of our hopes. Hopes for the future. Some hopes were personal, secret, others were for everyone and spoken about.

Empty boxes were then filled with a hope.
Some were blown in gently, others had secret notes.
All were sealed safely closed. 
To come to know the hope more pictures were created...

Hope for a volcano that spews out rainbows, red bubbles, sunshine, bluebirds and a herd of unicorns. 

Hope that the world lasts for 100 more years.

Hope for no war.

Hope that Carlton wins the AFL premiership.

The boxes were then wrapped in plain paper and a reduced version of the hope drawing, drawn onto the box. Artist's then had the option to take their boxes home, or to offer them to others, placing them in the kitchen. For many it was difficult to leave their hope and most boxes went home safely tucked under arms. 

These certainly were precious boxes.

Our thanks to Margaret (a Miecat Grad dip student) for volunteering your time on a 'Saturday morning'. A big THANK YOU! Also great work and thanks 'S' for being the day's photographer.

Monday, May 23, 2011

From a story to bark and back again

14th May

The Rainbow Serpent moved across the land. There were mountains and rivers until it finally found it's people.

This week the CK's listened to the story of the Rainbow Serpent and created a bark painting – using the story as the starting point. Sharing paint we had to be mindful of others as we worked.

There were animals of different sorts, including turtles, spiders and sharks. 

Some were patterns...

And of course the Rainbow Serpent snake. 

In this piece the work on the left has the Rainbow Serpent under a sunset. 

Some beautiful stories and poems were then created before we cleaned up and headed for home.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Golden Leaves

7th May

Term 2 starts with the Creative Kids reflecting on their school holidays. Movie characters, starfish, family, friends and hammerhead sharks were drawn in journals. It was good to chat and reconnect.

Myself inspired by the colours of autumn and the beautiful leaves floating down to the ground, we used dye and pencil to capture the change of seasons. With a selection of leaves from my backyard each 'CK' selected their own. We looked at what we saw. What was in front of us? What shape was the leaf and which colours – making sure we notice even the smallest bits of red or brown. There was a lot of noticing and focusing!

While the dye dried poems were written, inspired by the leaves. There were poems about the season, including things we eat, what we see, what sports are played (specifically football).

With the dye, the base colour now dry pencil was added. Again this required looking closely and gently touching the leaf to see where the detail needed to be. In one case the 'not quite dry' paper and pencil combo, created an indent for the veins of the leaf – just like the leaf itself. This was very exciting. 

To close we read our poems out aloud and then created a group poem – with the word 'autumn' as a starting point. We found a lot of countries and cultures within the word and came to know we all experience this golden season change. We then floated and fluttered away into the crisp autumn day.