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!
Now held over two massive days, children can participate in favourites like watercolour painting, storytime, the huge memory game as well as poster printing using the age old letterpress and sreenprinting techniques.
This year we have introduced a new project to the mix, Book Publishing. The hilarious and talented writer illustrator Claudia Boldt (UK) has ever so kindly given the Writers Week Kids Day children the OK to re-illustrate and re-publish her book UUGGHH! we will be using my favourite Faux Lino technique to print on our antique etching press.
So please do join us, we're going to have so much fun.
Term 4 has been whizzing past in a blur of ink and christmas pageants, the children have been working with monoprints, faux lino and these gorgeous portrait image tranfers.
The children printed their own faux lino designs, mixing their favourite colours and then added extra blocks of colour to the composition. I then photographed them and they transfered their portraits to the finished artwork. I love the transparency and how this lets the children's artwork show through their faces, a lovely symbol of the child as artist revealing the ideas within.
Monoprints by Zoe C
We are in the process of designing our screenprint artwork, the children are super excited because they get to print up a pattern for their very own pillowcase. Above you can see Christian's design ready and tested on paper.
We also have a new (to us) antique etching press in the studio this week! and are very excited to christen it this afternoon with some faux lino designs ... we'll be sure to post pics soon.
These are of a handful of the sculptured pots the children created in Term2 for the SALA Festival. The children's exhibiiton opening was another gorgeous magical night ... thanks to Christopher and his beautiful voice, excited happy children and of course their sweet pots.
At Nest Studio we believe nurturing your child's innate creativity is highly valuable and worthwhile.
C R E A T I V I T Y The currency of the 21st Century!
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.