Baby Yarn Bomb

Lace bombed Virgin

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

My nephew Odin deep in concentration

Yarn bombing is a serious business!

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

Yarn bombed bear

 

Odin and his 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.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

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New Human Being, New Martian Creature

Softie toy

My latest Martian toy for my niece Violet

My gorgeous niece Violet at 10 weeks old

My gorgeous niece Violet at 10 weeks old

The proud Aunt and Violet

The proud Aunt and Violet

 

Just a quick post before I go off to teach at Ridley Grove Community Centre again today. I made this little softie toy for my new niece Violet yesterday. She’s sooooooooo cute. A really gorgeous girl. I’ve made lots of these softies over the years but haven’t made too many lately. The first one I ever made was for my ballet teacher when I was about ten years old and it was an owl from the Woman’s Day Craft book.

I’ve got a copy of that craft book I picked up in an op-shop ( or thrift store for those of you outside Australia). Op-shop is short for “Opportunity Shop” which is what we call them here because you have the opportunity to grab a bargain!! Woo Hoo. I’m going to find that book and post you a picture of it to show how far I’ve come in crafting.

I haven’t quite finished this Martian creature. I’ve got to embroider a mouth on it and make up a little story about it’s life and where it’s from. I do this every time I make a softie a people love. it.

Speaking of embroidery, off to teach it now.
Catch you soon.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Kid’s school holiday art

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Portrait with freckles by Isabella aged 5

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Portrait by Mitch aged 5

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Portrait by child aged 8

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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.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

 

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

Unique perspectives from the ground up

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Photograph and drawing by Holly aged 4.

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Drawing based on another photograph (not shown) by Holly aged 4.

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Drawing and photograph by Evie aged 4.

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Drawing and photography by Evie aged 4.

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Evie hard at work

 

Hi folks,

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.

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