Tuesday, 24 June 2014

In the news

Welcome back.
It has been a busy term so (in between program planning and proposals) I am looking forward to hanging out with my kids and playing in my studio.

I found myself in the local paper this week. They were writing an article on the facility where I teach Recycled Art and so my lovely friend David and I had our photo taken.

The classes finished today and everyone is looking forward to coming back next term. If you would like to join us, we would love to see you. The classes run on a Tuesday morning during school terms. Anyone can join. If you have no artistic ability, have created art before or would like to try something new, this is the class for you.
Please note that from Term 3 the class has been renamed Mixed Media Art.

Contact Preston Neighbourhood House for dates, cost and any other information you require.  218 High St, Preston VIC 3072.  (03) 9484 5806

We spent today creating Angels and Big Cats.
Here are a few samples of the great work the group produced.

Angel (demonstration piece) 

Red Cat and Growly Lion

Tiger and Angel

 These pieces were made using recycled cardboard and papers, vintage book pages,  oil pastels, acrylic paints, stencils and stamps.

Friday, 13 June 2014

My New Studio

Happy days,
for the first time in years I have a studio in the house. No more traipsing out to the garage when it is wet and cold. No more having to put ice packs with my materials in the Australian summer heat. I am doing cartwheels I am so happy.
I thought I had better post some photos while it is nice and clean - before I start working and it looks like a teenagers bedroom!

I will stop pinching myself to see if I am dreaming and get to work enjoying this space.
Till next time....

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Art Classes and more...

Hi there, I hope all is well.
Things have been pretty busy but I can finally relax for a day or two.
The big move is over and I finally have my new studio. It is not quite set up, so fussy me will wait till next time to show you how it is looking.

As some of you will know, I have been doing some full day art workshops at a local primary school. That was a lot of fun and I slept well those nights! I met some fantastic kids and some of them were really interested in the life of an artist. It was pretty intense as I has 5 groups a day with 55 minute lessons. We were working on collage with the theme being Healthy Living.
The first ones were done by children in Prep- Grade 3. Their focus was on 'My favourite fruit and vegetable'.
The second collages were done by children in Grade 4-6, who were focusing on 'What makes me healthy (Nutritional, physical, mental and emotional)'. They did a great job.

The Recycled Art Classes have been going great. It is such a fantastic group and we have a lot of fun. The only complaint is how fast the time goes.
For the first two weeks the group have been making houses from wood offcuts, recycled papers and found objects.

For the past two weeks we have been working on collages. Firstly by making our own decorative papers to use, with paint on newspaper. Then by Using a stencil to create the main 'character' to build an image around. These were done on old book pages. The students then chose their favourite piece to frame. I think they look amazing and I am looking forward to seeing how they interpret next weeks lesson.

See you next week