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Autumn Adventures in Art :: Our memory tree

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‘What’s a memory?’ asked Wilfred Gordon…

‘Its something you remember’ said his Father. But Wilfred Gordon wanted to know more,……

Our final project in our Autumn Adventures in Art series was designed to ‘put the student in the picture’ by connecting him/her to their work in a personal way. By looking at ways to ‘represent’ themselves using memories and nature references, they produced unique work and re-enforced the value in their own form of expression, their own memories, their own style.

I have just loved meandering through the past six weeks with artistic-intension together with a wonderful bunch of enthusiastic students. They were polite, inspired, wildly creative and an absolute joy to teach!

Looking forward to more adventures next term – thanks Riverbend Books and Cafe!

the magic of watercolour trees

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‘Oh if only I could live my life so wild and free, right up there atop the tree. Who’s branches strong, roots deep and wide, whisper courage on every side.

I’d dream far yonder as I could see, and when strong winds would threaten me. I’d snuggle down deep wrapped in her boughs, and wait for season’s whisper loud.

To bloom and blaze all held, yet free, the crowning glory of my tree.’

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I love that the Autumn Adventures in Art students grasped the soft, dreamy flow of ‘wet on wet’ watercolour method so well during this session. We only touched on watercolour briefly this week, in order to complete a background to our collage works but there was such enthusiasm regarding this medium! Children worked through exercises in wash, simple detail and fine detail on standard paper and were then confident to complete their final work on A3 quality watercolour paper. Watercolour lends itself so well to landscapes and the simple beginner project of earth, sky and sketchy tree’s produced pleasing results for young students!

Problem-solving through printmaking

‘I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it’ Pablo Picasso

 

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Some more of my favourite images from our 3-week exploration of printmaking during Autumn Adventures in Art at Riverbend Books.

On our third week, students refined their block printing to explore pattern repeat and ultimately produce a tote bag design (our youngest student’s tote seen above!).

We loved seeing the resolution that came about through experiments on paper – the quality of print, the effectiveness of repeat, the importance of planning the design well before executing. It is natural for children to jump in and create and think later – I love that there is no fear or hesitation in this method of ‘bringing something forth’.  However, in order to refine a skill and therefore practice better outcomes, it is useful for students to journey through the process in order to test out several possible options before deciding on the most effective design.

For some of the youngest students, we found that the final design was just another ‘experiment’ and that is perfectly age appropriate. For others though, the confidence built through ‘trial and error and play’ helped them to be more satisfied with the end result!

The student’s folio’s are full to overflowing with wonderful experiments [ seen drying here ]. These pages represent my favourite part of the creative process – The time to play with new techniques! Seeing what colour’s work with others, what textures and shapes produce the most pleasing designs….

We are firm believers at WEAVE+WONDER that the journey through experimentation is far more valuable than the outcome. Innovative leaders practice and work at their craft, and we have loved sharing time with your children as they build these muscles for their future through art!

 

 

 

 

The persuasive power of Picasso

‘All children are artists, the problem is to remain an artist once he grows up’ Pablo Picasso

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I’ve loved every minute of our Autumn Adventures in Art!

Printmaking is one of my favourite techniques to explore with children because there are so many imperfections in it! Whether etching, mono printing or block printing, the resulting image has a ‘hazy, soft, textural’ quality to it that allow’s much grace as children are learning. I had an inward chuckle when one or two of my students decided that the partial transfer of colour wasn’t ‘perfect’ enough and began painting over their print – filling in the ‘texture’ with ‘solid colour’! I love a child’s freedom and instinct to express their creativity in unique ways.

There was much room throughout our 3-week exploration to learn, practice, correct, print again and layer colour and detail over to build up each artwork.

 

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[Picasso’s graphic and lithograph works]

Students were particularly pleased to see examples of Picasso’s early print work and lithograph’s, made famous in some of the earliest forms of advertising, and realise that his images and technique were simple and imperfect too!

 

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Our practice is to draw, inspired by the reading of some wonderful literature and then transfer those sketch ideas from imagination into artwork! These autumn-inspired works were wonderful examples of creative problem-solving – particularly when it came to etching lettering to print the right way!

 

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More examples of print work and the remainder of our series to follow!

 

nurturing creativity :: autumn gathering

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She’s almost here, this autumn season of ours, her smouldering colours preparing for their blazing show.  This week we’ve been observant, looking, looking wherever we are for trees of autumn colour, gathering for today’s first Autumn Adventures in Art workshop.  She’s a little shy, our Brisbane autumn, and not nearly as showy as her cooler friends, but still there are bursts of colour to be found when you go looking.

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And this is a simple and stunning way to display your autumn finds.  In the coming weeks be on the lookout for trees of autumn colour and trees with leaf shapes you like.  Gather your leaves and carefully press them flat between the pages of a thick book.  Or use a thin book, and pile some other books on top.  Let them dry for a few weeks and then display in this beautiful way.  We took a sheet of recycled cardboard and used some craft glue to attach the leaves.

So grab a basket, hold a little hand or two, and head outside along your street or to your local parks for some lovely Autumn gathering.

Quick-snap! Our early-bird special ends Saturday!

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There’s Autumn crunch in the air and underfoot, and there’s a special little early-bird fluttering low. She’s singing a sweet song of savings, and diving and looping low to make sure she catches your eye.

If you’d like your children to join our Autumn Adventures in Art series starting in just a few weeks, pop on over to our bookings page because our little early-bird will flit and fly away this Saturday, taking her special prices with her.

We’re collecting and gathering basketfuls of creative ideas and inspiration for these workshops celebrating one of our favourite seasons of the year.  Colour and texture, paint and clay, printing and weaving. And books. Delicious, gorgeous, tingle-worthy books which make our eyes look wide with wonder and our minds giggle and think. We’ve enjoyed the process of choosing and picking books (oh there are so many gorgeous children’s books which inspire us!) and teaming them with autumn-inspired art and creativity.

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Our art workshops are designed to inspire and nurture creativity, using great children’s books to stimulate discussion, launch ideas and inform art techniques and theory.  We are looking forward to working alongside your children through this six week series and encouraging their creativity to take wings. Find out more about our Autumn Adventures in Art series here.

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Our early-bird special ends this Saturday, 18 April, so book now!

PS – Our sincere apologies to those who tried to book in the last few days and couldn’t get our website to cooperate. It’s all fixed now, but please email us if you do have any problems with your booking.

the Autumn Art early-bird catches the worm!

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It’s a cliche, but it’s true.  The early-bird does catch the worm, or in this case, catches the  wonderful early-bird pricing on our upcoming Autumn art workshop series.

Our Autumn Adventures in Art six week series starts in May and if you book before 18 April you will receive six classes for the price of five.  Oh the fun we will have taking inspiration from great children’s authors + illustrators, and creating with paint, clay, printing and weaving!

We have tailored a range of workshops so you can choose the most suitable art workshop for your child:

Preschoolers:
Autumn Adventures in Art – creativity workshops for preschoolers

We will take inspiration from great children’s authors and illustrators and create with different materials each week, including paint, clay, printing and weaving – perfect for little hands and creative minds!    This 6 week series will be held at two different venues so you can choose the day and location that suits you:

  • Every Tuesday, starting 5 May @ Teenie+Tiny, Camp Hill.  10.00-10.45am, OR
  • Every Thursday, starting 7 May @ Riverbend Books+Cafe.  10.00-10.45am.
  • $120 for 6 weeks series, all quality materials supplied.
  • Book by 18 April for our $100 early-bird special

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Primary + middleschool children:
This 6 week Autumn-themed series gives your children the opportunity to explore and experiment with two mediums in more depth, building upon skills over the weeks.  Picture books, chapter books and poetry will be woven throughout these art workshops to inspire our creating!  Together we will explore printmaking techniques using a variety of objects to make prints on a range of materials.  We will also create with mixed media, experimenting with paint, ink, collage and foraged natural materials.

6-10 year olds:

  • Every Saturday, 1.00-2.00pm, starting 9 May in W+W’s studio @ Riverbend Books+Cafe, Bulimba
  • $120 for 6 weeks series, all quality materials supplied.
  • Book by 18 April for our $100 early-bird special

9-14 year olds:

  • Every Saturday, 2.30-4.00pm, starting 9 May in W+W’s studio @ Riverbend Books+Cafe, Bulimba
  • $150 for 6 weeks series, all quality materials supplied.
  • Book by 18 April for our $125 early-bird special

We hope you will join us for our Autumn Adventures in Art!

Our new Autumn art workshops starting May

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We invite you to join us for some Autumn Adventures in Art, our new art + creativity workshops launching in Term 2.

Oh the fun we will have taking inspiration from great children’s authors + illustrators, and creating with paint, clay, printing and weaving!

Our art + creativity workshops are designed to inspire and nurture creativity, using great children’s books to stimulate discussion, launch ideas and inform art techniques and theory.  We are looking forward to working alongside your children through this six week series and encouraging their creativity to take wings.

autumn collage

Our Autumn Adventures in Art workshop series is inspired by this beautiful season – windswept leaves and bare trees, crisp skies and tiny animals.  We have chosen some stunning children’s books whose words and illustrations will gently float inspiration into our creating, whisper ideas into our minds, and warm our creative confidence.

We have tailored a range of workshops so you can choose the most suitable art workshop for your child:

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Preschoolers:
Autumn Adventures in Art – creativity workshops for preschoolers

We will take inspiration from great children’s authors and illustrators and create with different materials each week, including paint, clay, printing and weaving – perfect for little hands and creative minds!    This 6 week series will be held at two different venues so you can choose the day and location that suits you:

Please follow the link’s below to book NOW and take advantage of our special!

watercolour and weaving

Primary + middleschool children:
This 6 week Autumn-themed series gives your children the opportunity to explore and experiment with two mediums in more depth, building upon skills over the weeks.  Picture books, chapter books and poetry will be woven throughout these art workshops to inspire our creating!  Together we will explore printmaking techniques using a variety of objects to make prints on a range of materials.  We will also create with mixed media, experimenting with paint, ink, collage and foraged natural materials.

Please follow the link’s below to book NOW and take advantage of our special!

6-10 year olds:

9-14 year olds:

We look forward to you joining us for our Autumn Adventures in Art workshops!