Friday, 22 March 2013

Clay Project for Children - Magical Miniature Doors

Last Saturday afternoon we created magical miniature doors from terracota clay.

Our group ages vary from 6 years up to teenagers. 
We cover lots of different areas of art and craft but each month we seem to include clay.

Clay is messy, but its worth it.

And noisy, when you throw the clay to knock the air out of it!


 I didn't take a finished piece to show the children.  I wanted them to make their own versions.  
So I showed them lots of images.

We also did a lot of chatting about what we wanted to include on our finished pieces.

We then drew a quick sketch plan to try and get down on paper the ideas that are being created in our heads. By the time we get to the clay this might be adapted again and thats part of the process too.

So looking at all the drawings together, I then showed them how they can achieve their ideas with clay.
How to roll to the right thickness? How to make patterns of the wood, or attach detail? 

The children share their knowledge with the newer members of the group too.  Its great to see them demonstrating how to score the clay and apply slip to connect the pieces together, or hear how they would make a pattern and discuss why they might choose a particular clay tool.

Whilst creating, lots of discussion goes on about how they might finish these when they are dry. 
"Shall we fire them and paint or glaze?"

And this is what we do at a typical art and craft workshop. It is a time to chat about art and craft, our ideas and experiment.  Not everything works, but that IS absolutely fine too.

There isn't always time in a school setting to do things this way and thats why we do them here.
We can chat about it, or not, and if you feel like it we have room to get comfy by laying on the floor to draw.

"This isn't school." I say, "It's your art studio, lets create."

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Pixie Campbell's Visual Quest

After my post yesterday on Wild Women Art, I got an invitation on my FB feed this morning
and I had to share this...

The Invitation...
Join artist and Medicine Keeper, Pixie Campbell for Visual Quest as she guides you through a 5-week online course on the process of shamanic painting. During Week One, participants will be initiated into shamanic practice and shown the tools and uses which will accompany them on their creative journey. Weeks 2-5 will be composed of daily lessons in painting and integrative spiritual practice.
Pixie’s approach, to both art and spirit, is natural and simple, yet deep and holistic.
Visual Quest
An Online Shamanic Painting Exploration
Join Pixie Campbell for a 5-week journey combining
creative process with shamanic practice.
Initiation begins: July 29-August 31, 2013
+ more than six months of classroom access.
For more information and to register:

Monday, 18 March 2013

How to create Wild Women Art? Instagram #wildwomen

Here are the new paintings in progress based on animals and nature and linked to the month's of the year.

Do you have an affinity with a particular animal? 
A creature from your childhood? 
A bird, insect or mammal that appears when you are alone with nature?  

Timid Miss March with hare features.

What characteristics do these totem animals hold? 
What messages do they bring?

 They don't always emerge all at once.  I glimpse the nose or ears and as they grow confident they appear.

Miss February, Hedghog with ivy and berries.
As the year turns these Wild Women appear in the most extraordinary ways.

Miss January, Wolf, a new year, pregnant with possibilities.
To make your own wild woman...

Take a moment in nature to ponder these questions.

Which animal totem speaks to you?

What features do you notice first?  
Go with those.

Start your drawing focusing on those areas.

What plants and foliage are your favourites?

How can you include these? As a tattoo, garland, jewellery.

If there is something you struggle drawing don't include it (notice above... gloved or no hands!)

or recycle magazine images or study the images you want to include.

I'd love to see what your create. Please share your creations on Instagram #wildwomen.

P.S. Tuesday - Just found this VISUAL QUEST by artist and writer Pixie Campbell

It sounds an amazing way to develop creative processes linked to animal totems. 

Monday, 11 March 2013

Disney Art Inspiration February

February whizzed by in a blur! We had a taste of Summer in Florida and was able to research ideas for our children's festival cafe, if you want great service it is the place to go.  

The Disney parades were inspirational and I came away with so many ideas for future art workshops.

Patterns - Colour  - Detail

Look at those legs!
Disney's It's a Small World was designed by artist Mary Blair, and her designs have inspired me to add my interpretation of her designs to the cafe tents.

Travelling gave me time to doodle in my notebook...

...and has inspired a new series of paintings called Wild Women. More news on these very soon.