Friday, December 26, 2014

Special Christmas message from Kids Create


Miss Maker, Kopyright, Mini Magpie, Pickuttue, Colourful Fabric, Queen Sparkles, Flowering Wool spent a busy last day of term (6th Dec), at Kids Create, finishing off projects.

Painting the salt dough snake.

Completing our collaborative Santa.

Creating a large creative piece. 

All salt dough pieces painted.

Christmas decoration - tested on a living 'christmas tree' model. 

Working on a template for a new book art piece. 

Along with Em-the-awesome, Mista Beat and myself, Little Sparrow, we all needed to focus and work efficiently, so we had time to make snow! 

Yes, snow, in Melbourne in December!!

We had a lot of fun mixing up bicarb and conditioner, to a snow-like consistancy. As we mixed we talked about our snow experiences. Some had never seen real snow, others had gone with family to the mountains to see it. I told of growing up in a town where it snowed in winter and school was sometimes cancelled (because the snow was too heavy).

Once the snow was formed we went about creating our Christmas scene, incorporating the snow and 3D objects from the materials box. After a bit of discussion it started to take form, beginning with a Christmas tree.

We had a melting snowman...

Some presents...

A snow sled and it's owner, skilfully crafted out of cups. 

Sled marks were left in the snow.

alongside footprints. 

Our Santa turned elf was added.

And we all wish you a very

and a safe and happy New Year.

See you in 2015!

Once again a very big thank you to my wonderful volunteers. 
THANK YOU to Noah who has been an absolute delight to work alongside all year, to Em who returned to us after her exams had finished, and to Kerry-Anne who joined us for a few weeks. You have each added so much to the young artist's experiences and to the energy of the group. 
We are so very grateful!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A hive of creativity

Our second to last session at Kids Create. There was a buzz of activity to finish projects !  Noah was back from his break and the kids helped him create his artist name. Since a part of his artistic life is as a musician, they came up with Mista Beat. What a great name. One of our young artist's also returned back to the group, having been away on an overseas trip. She also created her artist name, inspired by her love of textiles - Flowering wool. Another great name !

Here is just a little snippet of what we got up to. There were other works completed during the day, but these are the ones the artist's have selected to share with you . . .

Miss Maker shares :

Mista Beat helped me put the sticks in the wool and make the orange paint. (Which) I already knew how to do but I liked being helped. (And) I enjoy making things because Little Sparrow smiles at my work.

Kopyright shares :

I have made a rubber queen and a Christmas tree.

(Queen Sparkles provides assistance)

The Queen of All The Animals That Rides Whales shares :

I practiced my performance and (in it) munchkin the pumpkin is very mean.

(As she is away next week her whale has gone with them to a family gathering - with the hope that her grandmother will work with her to complete the stitching. Wonderful!)

Mini Magpie shares :

I made a necklace for my mum.

Pickuttue shares:

I made a pencil case and it was really easy to make.

Colourful fabric shares:

I finished my artist's book.

Queen Sparkles shares :

I had the idea of making a gift shop, it's got a chimney. I worked with Kopyright.

Flowering wool shares : 

I made a doll for my friend.

As Little Sparrow, I share my memory of looking up midway through the session to see all artist's deeply engaged in their projects. There was a little group working together, making suggestions, helping out. Others were content working solo, in little pockets of the room. Noah and I were sitting with artists, lending a hand where needed, hearing stories, sharing stories. At times there was laughter and chatter, other times silence. What a wonderfully creative space to be in ! 

I also later discovered this photo, taken by one of the artists, on my iPad. It appears she knows more than I do - I have no idea how / what filter she used to get it (I must ask next week). It makes me reflect on how these fantastic young artists constantly inspire and surprise me. From their art making explorations, their use of different materials, their topics of conversation, their resilience and their honesty. I am so very fortunate to see so many different perspectives. 

Have a great week.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sharing our creative making

Another week at Kids Create. We had a couple of artists away and a couple return. I also realised that it is not the whole of Kids Create without ALL of us posting - myself and my wonderful volunteers included - so we all now have our artist names (well nearly all of us, Noah will tell us his next week, when he returns).

Here is what we have been up to...

Miss Maker shares :
(some of her work from today - there was more!)

I have made a Farm and I am happy that Little Sparrow is helping me.

Kopyright shares :
(note refinement to artist name 'C' changed to 'K')

Today I made a snake with salt dough.

The Queen of All The Animals That Rides Whales shares :
(her developing performance piece)

I am a servant girl, who lives in the attic (it is very sad).

I have to clean King Munchkin the Pumpkin of Sweet Town's  room and get bossed around by him. 

I am waiting to finish my magic whale so I can ride away.

Mini Magpie shares :
(two projects from today)

Today I made a snake with dough and I started another little world.

Pickuttue shares:
(we were so busy picking a name and writing the text,
that we forgot to take a photo of her cup! But friends are certainly captured)

I learnt how to make dough and I made a cup. 
I also helped my friends make dough.

Queen Sparkles shares :
(the idea of making salt dough! thanks :)

I made a pizza with salt dough. I am going to paint it. 
I helped Mini Magpie and Miss Maker do their salt doughs.

(named by the girls)

Stitching stitching stitching, a whale and button.

Little Sparrow shares :

My favourite part of today, watching 2 young artists share what they had just learnt with their peers. They facilitated the process beautifully. 

There were beautiful smiles around the table and lots of laughter. 
The multiple cleaning of the table and floor afterwards, was well worth it.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Kids Create - meet the artists and their work

Since I have struggled to find time to post, I decided to invite the Kids Create artists to create their own postings. The idea is that each week they will take one or two photographs of their work and share a few words in a post. To make things even more exciting (than posting on the web!) they have selected artist tag names. It was a lively discussion coming to these with many options and variations noted on the whiteboard, before final selections were made. It is therefore with great pleasure that I introduce you to Queen Sparkles (who likes sparkly things plus many many creative modalities), Copyright (who tells lots of really good stories), The Queen of All the Animals That Rides Whales (who loves all animals), Mini Magpie (who loves finding little things) and Colourful Fabric (who loves fabric, in particular spots, stripes and flowers). We had three artist's away today, so hopefully next week you will meet them also. Here is what they have to say and show.

Queen Sparkles say: 
This is Santa Claus. Amanda and I are going to work on it together. 
Copyright and I cut out these squares into rectangles, for her project.

Copyright says: 
I am renovating the rubber hotel.

The Queen of All the Animals that Rides Whales says:
I am making munchkin the pumpkin the king of sweet town in emerald city!!!!!

Mini Magpie says: 
This world is for little people

Colourful fabric says:
I've been working on two different style artist's book.

That is it from us this week. Stay tuned for next week's instalment :)