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One of the gifts of Christmas is sharing what you have with others.

And we have two free tickets to this Thursday’s Christmas Creativity class we’d like to share with our lovely WEAVE+WONDER community.

We are giving away two tickets to our Christmas Wire Stars class which is on this Thursday 11 December 2.30pm-3.30pm at Teenie and Tiny, Camp Hill (Brisbane).  These simple yet gorgeously tactile wire stars make a wonderful hanging garland for Christmas. Children will learn how to manipulate wire to create a series of stars in this class for 5-12 year olds.

To enter this starry and bright giveaway, simply leave a comment below before 12noon Wednesday 10 December.  Two winners will be chosen randomly from all the entries we receive and each winner will be given one free ticket.  

And if you’re on Instagram, you can head on over to @weaveandwonder for another chance to win!

Good luck friends!

UPDATE:  Thank you for your entries – our winners are Regina and Annie!  We look forward to seeing you and your budding creatives at this class on Thursday!

Spring Holiday workshops at Riverbend

We are very excited to announce a new format to our holiday workshops these holidays.

We hope to accommodate a greater age range and those looking for a whole morning of creating as well as single hour classes!

 

 

We have a broad range of exciting classes on offer in the first week of the September school holidays!

Spring always brings a fever-pitch of excitable energy and inspiration and we are looking forward to tapping into some of your children’s inspired creativity during our classes!

 

Monday 23rd September is our FASHION STUDIO!

[Click on session below to book now]

WHEN: morning class 9-11.00am for primary age children

WHEN: afternoon class 1.30-3.30pm for secondary students

COST: $35 for a 2 hour class including all resources and materials

Join our talented and experienced Fashion Designer, Melanie Finger and experience a dynamic and creative class learning all about a career in Fashion! Create a mood board and sketch designs and pull together the beginnings of your first collection!

Melanie is currently lecturing at QUT and has a wealth of practical experience + knowledge to share from where to buy good fabrics in Brisbane to tips on your folio. Melanie is passionate about nurturing + inspiring a love for Fashion! Fashion-lover’s don’t miss this class!

 

Tuesday 24th September Join us for a Wonderous morning of WEAVING!

[click on the session below to book now!]

WHEN: morning class 9-11am for primary age children

WHEN: afternoon class 1.30-3.30pm for secondary students

COST: $35 for a 2 hour class including beginning loom and all materials

The ancient art of weaving is having a bit of a modern-day resurgence of late in creative circles and it is wonderful to see students of all ages picking up a loom and creating their own masterpieces!

We will begin our class with the basics of fingerweaving and move on to designing our own simple patterns and using a custom plywood loom, create our own woven work. Students will learn to thread the loom and beginners techniques in weaving, texture and patterning. To finish, students will engage in a collaborative large-scale woven work as a gift to Riverbend Books!

This is a wonderful interactive + creative class that herald’s beautiful results!

 

Wednesday 25th September ‘A MORNING WITH MONET’!

[click on links below to book now!]

WHEN: morning class: 9-10am, break, 10.30-11.30am

COST: $35 for morning (book order $14.95 optional additional)

We are very excited to be taking our inspiration from a wonderful Riverbend book ‘Monet’s Garden’ and celebrating a great artist who loved spring, nature and colour!

We have two ‘Morning’s with Monet’ on offer covering 4 exciting art projects inspired by the book! Book one morning or two!  We would love for you to come along and be immersed in Monet over our 2-mornings.

On Wednesday we will work on the following projects:

9-10am Watercolour and ink spring flowers: using the wet on wet method, we will explore a rainbow of colour blending and work with black ink to outline our stunning bouquet!

10.30-11.30am Wirework: learn how to form and shape pliable art wire to create a stunning bouquet of flowers mounted in our custom wooden log base.

 

Thursday 26th September ‘A MORNING WITH MONET’!

[click on links below to book now!]

WHEN: morning class: 9-10am, break, 10.30-11.30am

COST: $35 for morning (book order $14.95 optional additional)

We are very excited to be taking our inspiration from a wonderful Riverbend book ‘Monet’s Garden’ and celebrating a great artist who loved spring, nature and colour!

We have two ‘Morning’s with Monet’ on offer covering 4 exciting art projects inspired by the book! Book one morning or two! Book single hour-long classes or a whole morning! We would love for you to come along and be immersed in Monet over our 2-mornings.

On Thursday we will work on the following projects:

9-10am Acrylic dot painting on custom wooden candle holder/pencil holder: create a practical artistic masterpiece as we learn about Monet’s unique use of colour.

10.30-11.30am Clay waterlilies: Monet was passionate about painting outdoors and spent many of his days on the lake among a floating garden of waterlilies! Learn forming and joining techniques to create your own clay waterlily garden atop our beautiful custom timber logs.

 

 

 

Christmas Creativity Workshops Release

With a fantastic response to Christmas holiday classes last year, we are excited to announce our all new creative workshops for 2012. These workshops will be hosted by Riverbend Books and Teahouse. Do take advantage of the time here to browse their excellent bookstore or grab a quiet coffee while you wait!

[To book. please click on each class to go to our new online booking facility]:

 

Week 1.

[note this week is not in state school holidays]

1. Monday 10th December: Fabric Angels + timber ornaments

…Back by popular demand our light-as-a-feather angels and rustic timber ornaments recieve your child’s creative touch this christmas


2. Tuesday 11th December: Design your own fabric stamped pillowcases

…we will be exploring basic printing techniques to produce these unique works of art for your child’s room or to give as a gift! 

 

3. Wednesday 12th December: Clay nativity + ornaments

…beautiful clay sculpture class modeling the nativity, together with lovely clay ornaments/gift tags 

 

Week 2.

[official Qld state school holidays]

4. Monday 17th December: Custom painted timber candle holder

…a great gift idea! We will be exploring indigenous + geometric painting techniques to create a unique 3D work of art.


5. Wednesday 19th December: Simple Embroidery Cuff

…learn basic embroidery stitches to create this beautiful hot chocolate glass cuff [includes bag of hot chocolate + glass to give as gift!]


6. Thursday 20th December: Clay nativity + ornaments

…beautiful clay sculpture class modeling the nativity, together with lovely clay ornaments/gift tags [repeat class]

 

 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT.


This year, we have been working very hard to upgrade our website and booking proceedures and introduce ONLINE BOOKING AND PAYMENT ONLY for classes. If I could ask that you please bear with us for this series of classes as we iron out any glitches and welcome your feedback. I am sure you will agree, this automated process will provide a more streamline and efficient method of booking and payement as we grow the WEAVE+WONDER business. Many thanks for your patience.
Wishing you and your beautiful children a creative + joy-filled Christmas season! Can’t wait to see you in our classes x

 


the beauty of birds

Our final school holiday workshop was full and busy!
Our conversation centred around the kinds of birds we might see in our neighbourhood – the children had much to add to the lively discussion!

We looked at some amazing artwork by Anna Wili Highfield, an Australian artist who makes sculptures of native birds out of paper! Do check out her website for more extraordinary creations:

Any good project begins with planning and the children pondered their favourite birds on paper before they launched into making them in 3D!

The children were fairly nervous in their approach to the technique of folding and binding and making, as they mastered one bird, the next seemed to come more naturally.

As the children gathered their ‘flocks’ our job became a bit labor intensive as we threaded birds on invisable string to hang on their choice of branch or pinecone. I can just imagine flocks of beautiful birds swaying gently in the winter breeze as they found their way home….

[this class was so hands-on, I regretfully was unable to slip in some photos, making do with my daughter’s creations viewed at home after the class! Thanks so much to my dear friends Caroline and Bek for helping in the classes and snaping the beautiful photos of previous workshops – I couldn’t have done it without you xx]

fantastic fungi forest!

Oh My!! (I have been saying that a lot lately!) I was thrilled with the open-ended clay workshops held last week – the creations produced were so imaginative! I had a particular design in mind centred around clay mushrooms and moss and as each child used their own imagination, some gathered nature and applied techniques for working with clay, the resultant work was unique and beautiful!

We enjoyed inspiration from Andy Goldsworthy and french sculptor Franco Pompon, as well as brousing nature sculptures by various artists. We concluded our inspiration with a study of the many and varied shapes, textures and forms of fungi!! Exerpts from The Enchanted Wood (Enid Blyton) and Snugglepot + Cuddlepie (May Gibbs) whet the imagination and they were off…!

We concluded our time by ‘exhibiting’ our work to one another, telling the story of our creations – I was so inspired by the origionality and diversity of their work – planting the seed that each child is an artist when they produce something that is an expression of themselves!

Imagine Childhood

This website is one of my favourites to loose a few moments wandering in the world of nature and childhood. They have an extraordinary shop which sadly does not ship to Australia, but inspires me none the less. sigh. I found a ‘fairy garden kit’ that fed my inspiration for our ‘fungi forest’ workshop. I can’t wait to see what the children dream up in their very own, Australian forest…

We’d better mind where we wander or we might trip over a ‘bancia man’ stumble into someone’s underground home and loose ourselves among the woodland world…

SCHOOL HOLIDAY WSHOP C: Birds in flight!

Inspired by bird migration in winter…children will learn how to form + bind + feather beautiful soft, light-as-the-air birds in a species of their choice. We will use materials gathered from nature and learn how to finger knit and twist twine in order to hang our birds in just the perfect ‘flight of fancy’…. Children will learn SCULPTURAL TECHNIQUE + TRADITIONAL HANDCRAFTS in this workshop to complete a beautiful mobile for the home.

You may recognise our signature image for this workshop, these photos were taken in a trial class for 3-5 year olds a few months back. The little ones needed a fair bit of help with this project, however the 5-10 year olds will execute it beautifully I think! Thanks again to some very tallented mama’s at this class for the beautiful photography!

flights of fancy with 3 year olds!

It was extraordinary…the flapping, fluttering, feathering focus in my home this last week! Several divine wee ones graciously joined me in road-testing the ‘bird life’ lesson of the Autumn series classes.

We jumped right into an enchanting world of birds as we read together, practiced our ‘crests’ and our ‘flapping wings’ – I just adore hearing what tumbles out of their mouths as they are carried along with the story!

Making time began with excitement – what are the ‘presents’ in the bag? With a tickle of feathers and a rambling dialogue of art terms like ‘sculpture’ and famous French sculptor ‘Pompon’ the children are transfixed through the session.

With the occasional call for help and outstanding effort for wee ones, my little students create the most beautiful masterpieces!!

We conclude the class with the messy stuff! Our leaf-litter blankets need some colour and stamping – such unique creations come out of this as the children mix and layer autumn colours!

With messy hands and happy hearts, our morning was a success indeed!
Thank you so much little ones and wonderfully supportive Mama’s xx

birds + beautiful hands

These girls of mine have been just as excited as I am to see some of the projects we have done together fine-tuned, practiced, photographed and included in the first series of Art + Craft classes for WEAVE+WONDER.
We have been making LOTS of birds lately…clay birds, handstitched + stuffed birds with button eyes, fluffy wool+feather birds, stitched birds. Lets face it, who doesn’t go into flights of fancy when imagining soaring, floating, gliding, chirping, sweet-song birds. We spend a lot of our nature time listening + looking for birds…what colour, what type, what call, nests, eggs, you name it and we have uncovered it in our wanderings.
In two of our Autumn Series classes, birds take centre stage.

‘Bird Life’ explores the wonder + diversity of birdlife. The colours, the calamity…and partners this exploration with an introduction to sculpture. We look at famous artists who produce art by carving, moulding, forming objects in 3 dimensions – we have uncovered some amazing bird sculptures by Australian Artist Anna-Wili Highfield who forms magnificent bird + animal sculptures out of paper!
When we get down to the making, we explore quality natural materials and form clay, feather and wool birds…and make a special ‘leaf litter’ blanket…just to keep them warm when you take them home, you know!!! I will post photos from our recent trial class where we completed these projects.

‘What do we see in Autumn’ focus’ on the power of observation and how much of the seasons we notice in Brisbane. This class is an introduction to stitching + silhouettes class. We talk of what we see in Autumn, the leaves, colours, what the birds do, etc. We discuss silhouettes – what is a silhouette? And look at some ways to make these at home with torches, pictures and a black marker pen, etc. We then learn some basic stitching techniques, how to thread the needle and begin…we create these divinely beautiful stitched silhouettes, contemporary enough to grace any wall, even hung in the embroidery hoop!