Saturday, March 16, 2013

An alter for special fairies

I will start this blog with the preface that I did not plan the fairies presence this term. They fluttered in on their own accord. 

At the beginning of each term I start with an idea of what modalities or mediums we will use and a rough idea of themes which relate to possible experiences in the young artists lives or in response to events, such as celebrations, changes of seasons... etc.  I like to stay open to what is important to the artists, adapting and shifting my plans to meet their curiosities. This group shared an interest of fairies from day one, an interest which brought the group together in such a beautiful way. The fairies became our 'vehicle' to share ideas, stories, wonderment and of course explore different art materials. 

This week clay (in our instance an air-drying type) and mixed media = the artistic material, the modality = sculpture and the theme a fairy alter. An alter represents and reminds us of things that are important to us. I took into the group my Mexican Nicho Altar (or small shrine) of Frida Kahlo, one of my favourite artists. 

The CKs looked at their fairies from last week, in their journals. 
From 2D drawings the fairies become 3D with the clay.
These fairies will be the center-piece of the alter.

Fairy sisters

All of the fairies had beautiful outfits.  

A sweet little fairy with her bed. 
Two CKs worked with our new volunteer Claire who works with clay in her own arts practice.

 This artist found this flower on the newspaper and really liked it

For the structure of our alters we used cardboard, with drawings
– here are the two sister fairies. 

Lots of glitter for fairy dust,

 and fairy stars – or are they pixie stars..?

We leave our work to dry ready for the week....


  1. Amanda I don't know who you are but there is one thing I want to tell you that is to keep doing the great job and one more thing. I love your work.

    1. Thank you Tony, that is lovely feedback.