Saturday, May 3, 2014

Kids Create!

Where oh where have the past 4 months gone!!! I guess my lack of posting and my discovery that time has vanished has something to do with my Doctorate... However, I have really missed reflecting on what has been happening, so from today I hope to get back to my more regular posts. 

To begin I need to go back. Term 1 at Sussex Neighbourhood House saw the beginning of the newly named and slightly refocused group – Kids Create. The first class was rather vibrant. For the first time I practiced responding with live drumming to the groups' painting movement. I experienced this late last year in a workshop with Shaun McNiff. I really loved the freedom and energy that this way of creating allowed. The kids really liked it too. They remained with the painting process much longer than I had anticipated. Here are a few. 

There was time at the end of class to consider what projects might look like for this term. The topic was 'explore'. Each artist left me with a list of materials needed and possibilities for projects. 

In the weeks that followed a range of materials were used including Papier Mâché, complete with mixing up the paste in the House kitchen.

For some working with the materials were about exploring possibilities. 
For others there was a building on skills formed at the Kids Shed. 

Paint and drawing was used to tell many stories. 

3D objects joined visual art in storytelling.  

Not to be left behind, textiles and sewing were well represented in creating outfits. 

As the weeks went on the projects developed well.

Artistic collaborations were formed.  

The day of presentations arrived. 
There were combined and solo presentations. 
Each brought together the variety of modalities explored over the term. 

A lot of work goes into getting to the presentation. 
I watched with pride as all the young artists planned, considered and presented their work. 
It was a 'super well done' to all!

Thanks to family who could make the presentations. A massive thanks to Em and Noah (who joined us mid-term as a volunteer) for their wonderful support. 

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