In 2011, I spent a term creating art with the kids at Kinma, in collaboration with other arty parents. The aim was to work with the children to develop a range of saleable art pieces for the annual school fundraising event.
Over the 10 weeks + two school holiday periods, the following were explored and created:
“Platypus Dreaming” painting on canvas
The idea for the painting came from a collaborative community story writing session in which kids from preschool and primary, and parents contributed. The story was then designed as a visual art piece, with input from everyone, painted by the older kids and parents, with the younger kids making 3D clay platypi and painting rocks from the creek to finish the piece.
Exploring the notions of artists such as Christo, we experimented with wrapping sticks in different materials and colours and how this changed their form and meaning. The final sticks were grouped and displayed in bottles for sale.
Exploring the works of artists such as Antony Gormley, everybody in the community created figures to represent the nature of the school environment. The children developed the idea of creating nests as homes to hold these figures. The nests were created from fern fronds found on the school grounds.
This piece asked the children to work with recycled paper and cardboard to create a sustainable paper city. The city evolved in a number of unexpected ways! Some children created delicate bird cages to hang from the trees, others created elaborate eco-houses and communities or inventive transportation systems.
All artworks are self-funded and created on a shoestring budget