Adelaide Festival Writers' Week Kids' Weekend with Nest Studio
We had another gorgeous weekend with the amazing and inspiring folk from Adelaide Writers Week. We absolutely love hosting the children's art and visual literacy activities in the Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden each year. We have been lucky enough to have four years in a row of glorious weather, perfect for picnics, stories, parades and printing, lots of printing.
Here are just a few of the life drawing and paintings created by the children in the studio over the past couple of weeks.
The Studio will be closed. Instead, come and join us at the Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden on February 28 - March 1 for a weekend filled with picture books and art making!
Nest Studio is very proud to have been invited back to the Adelaide Festival's Writers' Week Kids' Weekend for our fourth year running. For those of you who have not been, I highly recommend you carve out a couple of hours next weekend to join us in the park (just opposite the Festival Centre in the Rose Garden).
During the September School holidays the children at Nest Studio made their own watercolour paints, part science, part art - we had so much messy fun!
These paints are so easy to make and you only need a few ingredients you will most likely have in your kitchen already. This little project is great for children of all ages (with help from an adult to follow the recipe) and would make a great rainy day/summer holiday/gift giving project.
You will need
1 cup bicarb soda
3/4 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons glucose syrup
1 cup cornflour
yellow, red, blue & pink food colouring
spoons or popsticks for mixing new colours
plastic ice tray
Now follow the instructions below
Remember to mix all of the ingredients in small amounts at a time - slowly
These homemade paints will take a day or two to dry and need plenty of water and a good quality brush for painting with as the paints are a little thicker than commercial made paints.
What a beautiful evening. Thank you to all the families who popped into the studio Thursday night to help us celebrate the opening of the SALA Festival and the children's sculpture exhibition 'Wondrous Light'.
I also want to thank Bennetts, in particular John Bennett and his caring staff. With out their support and respect for the children's fragile little pieces we would have no exhibition. At the last hour John made the time (and space) to squeeze the children's sculptures into the kiln for their second glaze firing in order that they were ready for Thursady night. Thank you John. If you ever need a garden pot make sure you visit Bennetts Magill Potteries, a wonderful South Australian family business (since 1887 no less)
And of course what would SALA opening night be with out Christopher Koto and his beautiful voice. Thank you Chris for creating such a magical atmosphere. You can see Christopher play here and here.
And now for a sneak peak at the gorgeous books that were professionaly bound, 64 children's art pieces were chosen for the final 4 books. Over the coming month The Adelaide Festival Writers Week team will be preparing one of the books for viewing online... so stay tuned. In the meantime if you pop over to Nest Studio (B&M) we have one copy on display.
I am very proud to announce that one of the final bound books is being posted to Claudia Boldt - the wonderfuly hilarious and talented writer/illustrator of the original book UUGGHH! Claudia kindly gave us permission to re-illustrate her book for the festival. Thanks Claudia!
Please do pop over to our instagram and facebook pages for more photos of the glorious weekend.
Letterpress Posters - I think this one was my favourite for the weekend, purely for the cheekyness of choosing SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS as the one word you were aloud to choose for your poster.
What I love about the children's art & classes at Nest Studio is how we encourage the children to come up with their own ideas within the contraints of the brief. As you can clearly see from these 4 colour studies the children's pallet has been restricted and their subject matter (from life) is apples, yet all 4 paintings are remarkably different, all are dynamic and all are a pleasure to look at. No cookie cutter artwork here!
The children have been learning about colour groups over the past 5 weeks, with many of the children discovering for themselves how they can use colour to evoke feeling and highlight areas in their work that is important to them. Another focus for the children has been discovering new colours - mixing as many blues as they can for example here. Great job Remy!
If you are interested in art classes for yourself or your child please email me for more details & bookings.
Fostering a love of art. Art classes are for children aged 3_13 years (+ teens & adults are now welcome!) and run with the school terms.... there is a visual literacy focus (we love children's books!) and each term we explore a different art form.
Art is much more than just a fun extra activity for kids. Art opens up a child's world and mind, and offers them the skills they need for a bright future.
This album gives you an idea of what the Nest Studio artroom looks like and with the permission of the students, I hope to display their artwork once in a while so that you can see what fun we get up to. The photos on display are dating from today right back to 2005.
If you are interested in enroling your child in Nest Studio art classes for children please send me an email to enquire about availability, then download the enrolment form.