OK, I admit, this workshop was initially created as a way to hold on to the amazing children I have worked with in my primary school workshops who were heading off to high school. I didn't want to lose them out of my life!! Actually, I didn't want to halt the artistic momentum or the strong connections I had built with them and their families. So yes a little bit selfish...but I think they will gain even more than me from the project based teen workshops we have created. Next week our very first workshop for teens starts up on Monday evening at the Muriwai Surf Club.
The positive, collaborative nature of the projects encourage students to build relationships and make connections, cooperate with others and grow in self confidence, as well as learn visual arts skills and techniques. The participants will work closely with their peers; problem solving, sharing, reflecting, making decisions, cooperating, discussing and working towards a common goal.
Project Cardboard is this term's exciting challenge to collaboratively create an art installation or sculpture for the Muriwai Arts show in May, made predominantly out of recycled cardboard tubes. We will explore installations and sculptures around the world, artists who use recycled objects in their work, and the ways cardboard tubes have been recycled and used, then design, build and decorate our very own.
Monday evenings 6pm - 8pm; February 13th - April 10th; Ages 13-18; Muriwai Surf Club; $198 including all materials and dinner (pasta and salad).
Yep, it's taken 5 weeks, but hey it was all worth it! 8 - 16 year old children from The Homeschool Group have patiently cut egg cartons into flower shapes and painted them, in a huge variety of beautiful colours (all mixed by the children using only primary colours, black and white), then threaded and knotted them on to cotton to be hung on the mobile. This masterpiece now proudly hangs in the Massey leisure Centre, where our art classes take place on Fridays, and each child will take home one flower to remind them of the experience. The leisure centre manager has asked when we will make the next art installation!
I'm currently working with The Homeschool Group to create a beautiful art installation, using recycled egg cartons, to add to our work space at the Massey Leisure Centre. Working with the children on this project has really made me think about how we value the visual arts and the potential for incredible learning on so many levels.
This collaborative project not only gives children skills in colour mixing (creating tints, shades and hues with acrylic paint using only the primary colours, white and black) but also allows children to work together towards a common goal, helping, encouraging and guiding each other along the way. We have discussed the space and what sort of works would suit and the children have become aware of considerations that need to be made before choosing a suitable work for a particular space. We are contributing to the space we work in, to make it feel like we belong, to help us connect and to give back to the centre we work in every week. We are adding something special to the space, and we can enjoy and gain satisfaction from the work we have created together, as can other visitors to the centre, for months to come.
We have talked about other artists who use recycled materials for their work and the fact that their work is valued, no matter what materials are used, where they come from or what they look like. It is the thinking behind many of these works, the ways they interact with the environment, the aesthetic value and the audience appeal that adds to the value of the work.
Here are some images of other installations using hanging found materials.
Starting next term, Creative Matters will be running our Waimauku art workshops at this gorgeous little 100 year old Kauri church, across the road from Waimauku School. Mandy will be taking classes after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children attending Waimauku School will be picked up and led across the highway where they will have afternoon tea until 3.30pm, workshops then run until 5pm.
We're pretty excited about estabishing ourselves here. The church is no longer used for services but the caretakers are keen for it to be put to good use by the community, and the great thing is we can set up properly and leave our gear here! There is plenty of off road parking, a safe space for the kids to run around or sit outside PLUS a quiet contemplative space to encourage thinking, creativity and calmness.
Creative Matters ran our first Joining Generations workshop at the surf club in Muriwai, on the first Saturday of this month. And it was everything I had imagined and more. An incredible opportunity for a child and adult to learn about and work together on an art project, to make decisions, discuss ideas and get creative together. Everyone loved it and found it to be a really valuable experience. It was very touching to watch a child interact so positively with a special adult, through art.