Lace bombed Virgin
Remember last week myself and yarn-bombing.com lace bombed this statue at The Art Gallery of South Australia?
Well, the second part of the project was to run an activity day at The Gallery for the monthly kids art club. We made pom-pom’s and did tomboy stitch (or some call it French knitting). We had 550 children through!! Oh My!! No wonder we were exhausted after that!
My sister, brother-in law, nephew and niece all came along and my nephew Odin surprised me with his amazing creativity. Of course I’m not biased in any way….. but he is a little genius!
My nephew Odin deep in concentration
Yarn bombing is a serious business!
Odin decided to yarn bomb his toy bear instead of make pom-pom’s or do toyboy stitch. I was so impressed. Of course it probably helped having an Aunt who is a famous yarn bomber!
Yarn bombed bear
Odin and his yarn bombed bear
I was amazed that at four years old Odin has his own creative vision and is incredibly artistic and devoted to making and doing his own thing. I must add that he has wonderful parents who are also both very creative and foster this in both their children. Maybe I’ll have an assistant in a couple of years who can out bomb me! I can only imagine.
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Portrait with freckles by Isabella aged 5
Portrait by Mitch aged 5
Portrait by child aged 8
Portrait by Kayla aged 5
Well, it’s been a couple of weeks since the first school holidays this year and I was lucky enough to by employed by a number of different councils to run school holiday programs for kids. These works were done at Trott Park, south of Adelaide in a ‘pop-up’ art space run by Marion Council.
I have done a similar kind of thing before with children where we teach a bit of anatomy of the face and use colour to show emotion.
It’s amazing the response you get from kids with this exercise and I really love the results.
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Panda drawing in ink
Black bunny drawing in ink by Julian aged 4
Seal drawing by Isabella aged 4
Giraffes by a number of different children
Rabbit family by Tavii aged 4
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.
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Odin in my duckling costume
This picture above is of my nephew Odin (aged 4). My sister sent me this photo after I parted with a number of costumes from my childhood ballet days. The one he is wearing is a duckling costume my Mum made for me when I was four and I’ve been hanging on to it for years. There are some great black and white photos of me in it that my dad took when he was at art school which I may find as I sift through all the stuff I’ve got whilst moving house…yes I’m still moving house!
I just thought it was wonderful how letting go of things that have been hanging around for ages that hold sentimental attachment can go on and have a new life.
I’d much rather Odin run around the backyard in my costume pretending to be a duckling and using his creativity and imagination than have it hanging around in a cupboard at my place where nobody uses or sees it. It just goes to show you how letting go of objects can inspire creativity. By the way, my sister is a dance artist and my nephew has a whole wardrobe of amazing costumes from my and her ballet school days. If that kid doesn’t end up as an actor, dancer or artist I’ll be very surprised!!.
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Here’s a lovely photo of me with my cousin’s kids- Jasper (aged 5)and Scarlett (aged 3). I stayed at their house recently and thought whilst watching T.V. I’d do a bit of work on this quilt. I’m making it for my sister who is pregnant with her second child due in February. I was quite unprepared for the excitement it would engender in the kids.
Jasper wanted to sew and Scarlett wanted to cut the thread. Who am I to argue with this sort of enthusiasm? I got Jasper sewing through the edge of the wadding that was sticking out and I would eventually cut off. This only entertained him for a while and then he wanted to do what I was doing!! Kids are so clever and don’t miss a trick. So I thought ‘bugger it’ I’ll let him do a bit of sewing on the actual quilt. My sister will love it because it will have the kids work on it. Of course his stitches were massive but afterwards I incorporated them into a random stitch pattern by adding more of my own.
Scarlett is obsessed with pink and purple and went through my embroidery tin getting all those tones out. A good lesson in colour I thought! She wanted to use the scissors to cut up stuff, so I got her cutting the embroidery thread into lengths for me. There were a few unusable short bits but I trained her up to do the right length and measure one piece the same as the other.
They both want me to make them a quilt now too! So, cute!! And they want to do more sewing. So, next time I go over to their place I might bring some felt and large needles for them to have a go with.
I had heaps of fun. I was feeling a bit down after my return from traveling overseas and the ensuing ‘back to reality’ issues but this really made me happy. It made me remember that family is why you come home and that the smallest things can bring you joy at the most unexpected moments.
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Photograph and drawing by Holly aged 4.
Drawing based on another photograph (not shown) by Holly aged 4.
Drawing and photograph by Evie aged 4.
Drawing and photography by Evie aged 4.
Evie hard at work
I’ve been working on this great project with children at Halifax Street Childrens’ Centre. I’ve been taking 3, 4 and 5 year olds on walks around the city, concentrating a little on works of public art. The children photograph the city and then come back and draw from their own photographs. This is the first stage in a project I’m part of through Carclew Youth Arts. To read about the project and it’s motivations more fully you can check our their website
I’ve really enjoyed working with this age group again after not having done so for some time. The little kids are such a joy and out and about in the city and bring a smile to everyone’s face. They all want to know what we are up to and why we all have cameras. The children are happy to explain. It’s very refreshing after dealing with some major life and death issues of my own recently to come and work with children and be around their fabulous exuberance and perspective on the world.
I’ve nearly finished my part of the project and now they will work with another artist to build on what we have done. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they produce.
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This work is by Indya aged 11
This work is by Alex aged 10
This work is by Courtney aged 9
This work is by Diana aged 12
This work is by Monet aged 10
This work is by Schyler aged 5. “Calm in Autumn”
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 have 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.
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