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!