Community figures

Kinma school art workshops

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.

Platypus dreaming
Platypus dreaming

Wrapped sticks

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.

Wrapping sticks
Wrapping sticks
Wrapped sticks
Wrapped sticks

Community nests

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.

Nests
Nests

NestNest

Cardboard city

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.

Birdcages
Birdcages
Cardboard house
Cardboard eco-house

All artworks are self-funded and created on a shoestring budget