Saturday, February 18, 2012

Shredded paper reforms


18 February

I am always looking for ways to encourage the Creative Kids resourcefulness. As an art-maker we do not always have every material we need at our fingertips. I think this is a good thing, we start to think outside the square. We look at what we do have and how we can make it work. How we can be surprised and stretch our creative outlook.

During the week the lovely ladies in the office had been busy shredding paper. When asked did I want, or could I do something with a rubbish bag size of 'shred', I saw the challenge and the possibility. 'Yes' I said, 'the Creative Kids will use it'.

So I set about gently weaving pieces together at home to make a nest. It was very fiddly work but slowly it started to form. I took it along to show the group.

My woven paper shred nest.

With the shred, wool and fabric off-cuts, some bubble-wrap (to support the fragile creations), some twigs, leaves, seed-pods and some flour-and-water paste the CK's created their own.

A very secure nest (I think) with bubble-wrap outer, fabric and gently laid shred, with twigs and pieces of fabric.

This nest was a real challenge for it's owner.
We worked together to create a base for it to sit on and a large egg made out of fabric. 

This artist made more than one nest and soon got very good at forming the shred and paste into a shape.

A dinosaurs nest, or was it cave?
The eggs in the base were in constant danger of being stolen – which happened a couple of times. 
This artist carefully placed each piece.
Sadly this photo does not do it justice.
It is a lovely, quiet space.

Another lovely nest, supported by a fabric base.


This nest had a lot of layers and different techniques in the construction.
The shred is right down in the base, to keep it solid.  

The clean-up went really well as we turned up the music and danced, swept and collected items to some Cuban beats.

Then, in pairs (for those that wanted to), we thought of and then shared who would be in our nest. Family and friends were the common theme. Some of these nest occupants or the nests themselves were then shared with the greater group.

This was a challenging activity. Building nests is not easy, especially when your using objects you find. I think we all now know how a bird feels, thank goodness we didn't have to build it in the trees!

Interesting views

11 February

Our second session was focused on the creation of an Artist Book (with multiple levels), although the CKs made their own connections, to the theatre, movies and television. 

Our created scenes were like capturing a moment. We tested this out by moving ourselves and then freezing, when told to 'stop'. We all got it!

So each 'scene' had a background, an accordion style fold (for the middle ground and to give us depth) and a front. I had magazines and some images already cut out, ready for the creation of a story. We then shared our story at the end. Many actually came to life, to perform a little for it's audience. 

Here are a few...


A love of animals lead the theme for this scene. 

A modeling show, complete with movable outfits and personalities drawn on. 


Good foods and bad foods.


Favorite toy / character in a cave.


A talking broccoli tree and a very special place where only a few friends are welcomed into. 

A shrimp that wanted to go back to the water, as it explained to the strawberry and broccoli. 
Well done everyone!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Creative Kids day 1 2012!

It was a lovely welcome Saturday morning to some familiar faces and some new ones. We started with a 'free-drawing' and a catch-up on 'who-knew-who'. Any nervousness of starting the term quickly disappeared as drawings took shape. 


There were drawings from imaginations. 


Many animals...




and a Dad who is 'the king of hearts'.

New artist journals were handed out. Each artist was invited to 'make it their own', with their name and something that is important to them connected to each letter (of their name). 


This artist included her grandmother (who is Egyptian) and her grandfather (who is Greek) - he likes chips. 


There were rabbits, cats and water-lillies. 


Coloured dye was also added.

Covers complete the invitation was to take one important thing and make it bigger inside. 


Zoe (seen above) is very important to this little artist as she cannot sleep without her. Zoe is placed inside the V (a letter in the artists name), in the vege patch, surrounded by special flowers. 


This artist likes snakes and is very knowledgeable about them. He explains to us the difference in head shape between the male and female. Their environment is carefully shown with fresh water over rocks and the murky pond at the bottom. 

A very creative start to the term and I look forward to the weeks ahead. A special thank you to Stephanie who is joining us as my assistant. An artist as well it is great to have her on board. She is volunteering with us as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award - thank you Stephanie.