Street Art

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Hi folks,
I’ve just got back from a little sojourn to Melbourne and whilst the weather was horrible and rainy there is always so much art to see EVERYWHERE!! My sister and I spent some time wandering down High Street in Northcote and other funky streets with gorgeous shops full of handmade and bespoke fashion and art.

I loved this work just on a little wall in between a couple of shops. Small CD’s with mixed media stuck directly on the wall. The title of the work is Handmade Opportunities by Cassandra King.

Enjoy.
Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

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Looking for a day job

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Panda drawing in ink

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Black bunny drawing in ink by Julian aged 4

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Seal drawing by Isabella aged 4

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Giraffes by a number of different children

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Rabbit family by Tavii aged 4

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Otters by Julian

Hiya folks. Here are some works by kindergarten children I have been working with recently. It’s all part of a larger project on “Mapping the City” through Carclew Youth arts here in South Australia.

Artists take the groups of children on walks around the city and take photographs which are then used as the basis for making artwork and a ‘map’ of the city. We got the chance to go the The Adelaide Zoo and draw lots of animals.

The examples above are done in ink on paper, texta and collage. We are working on incorporating some of the works into one large group work 1 metre by 3 metres wide.

Tommmorrow is the last day of the project and I will be getting the children to draw animals on felt so we can make our own “softies” or soft toy sculptures.
Cant wait for that!!
Then I’ll have to get back to looking for a day job to pay the bills.
Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Gut wrencher

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This work is by Indya aged 11

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This work is by Alex aged 10

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This work is by Courtney aged 9

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This work is by Diana aged 12

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This work is by Monet aged 10

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This work is by Schyler aged 5. “Calm in Autumn”

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This work is by Elizabeth aged 6.” The man in front is calm the people at the back are angry.”

This week I have been getting my children’s classes to make portraits in paper collage based on colour and emotion. We have talked about how colours make you feel. Red (for example) might make you feel angry, stresses or annoyed. It also might make you feel love and passion.

I asked the kids to make a portrait based on an emotion and a related colour. Above are some of the results. The first image by Indya just about makes me want to cry when I look at it. So sad and poignant. I didn’t get a chance to really talk to her about it but I was blown away by the work. Interestingly, not many of the kids did a “happy” face or a “fun” face. Lots of emotion and expression pent up here I think!!

I also love Diana’s work above of the red lady. That was her second work of the class and it looks quite angry to me!!

And finally now, a word on glitter!! Unfortunately, in the bottom of the paper drawer I had left some containers of glitter which the kids found. I haveĀ  a love/ hate relationship with glitter, but the kids LOVE IT!! Including the boys! The problem I have is that the kids when they use it put it EVERYWHERE!! I’m not so much worried about the mess but a perfectly good artwork has sometimes been decimated by 2 kg of glitter over most of it. Hopefully here I have managed to contain the glitter frenzy and it has been used sparingly in most cases.

Beware the glitter monster.

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane

Lo and behold stamps

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I’ve been playing around with these old stamps I found. I was wondering what I could do with them. Some of them are so cute and SO Australian. It’s a little bit if history in each one. Can anyone remember when sending a letter cost 5 cents?? Not me!!
Any thoughts or suggestions on what crafty activity I might do with these??? I’ve got a few ideas but I’ll wait until I try them out to let you in on the secret.
Love and art
Sarah-Jane