Children’s Art Classes – Ink Painting

Yesterday we took a little field trip to the foreshore to study nature and paint our responses in the style of traditional Chinese and Japanese Ink Paintings. We had lots of fun playing around with the ink to capture the essence of the natural forms around us. We even learned how to make our own…

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Children’s Art Classes – Negative Space Drawing

Negative space drawing is a key drawing skill for artists. You concentrate on all of the spaces and shapes between and around objects, and eventually the object itself magically appears. Seeing in this way is like turning a switch off in one part of your brain and turning another switch on. Eventually it becomes automatic,…

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Cities of the Future – Planet Earth 2

I’m just watching the episode of David Attenborough’s Planet Earth 2 called ‘Cities’, looking at animals adapting to urban environments. The last 10 minutes is particularly inspiring about the cities of the future. I think it’s so important to teach our children to connect with and value nature -hopefully they will be the ones designing…

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Art Classes for term one

Well we had our final art class for the term on Monday. I had the most wonderful time with my students – we explored tone and shape, line and textures, relationships and light and dark through still life studies, painting with watercolour, and developing a drawing into a lino print. I am always surprised to…

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A Frog Pond

I’ve spent the morning planting out some Lomandra grasses into my garden. This is part of a new book project I’ve been working on for a couple of years, I am writing a book to follow on from A Patch from Scratch about building a back yard frog pond. Records show that frog populations in…

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