This last term I had a lovely bunch of year 8s for a ceramic unit. I got them to make some 'practice' tiles so they could experiment, understand the process, make mistakes etc before working on some animal sculptures. Many of the tiles didn't make it to the first firing, but I wanted them to persevere, as part of the learning. I wasn't going to mark them or anything - I have a strong allegiance to the idea of learning through play. Before glaze firing, I realised that I could take it further by using all of their experimental bits in a mosaic. It is small, only the end of a wall, but it constitutes the first permanent student art work on campus, and is a bright spot amongst all of the gun-mental grey that someone thought was the best background colour for a vibrant place of learning! Beyond that, the kids learnt that mistakes don't matter and can even lead to something beautiful, that even seemingly insignificant components can contribute to the significance of something greater, and recycling is easy and doable. A very good term's work, I reckon. Their animal sculptures are awesome too.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
Today I noticed a pair of variegated fairy wrens playing outside the kitchen window and the little boy was resplendent in his breeding plumage. I was tempted to give in to the universal law that says as soon as you get your camera, the birds will disappear. But I decided to give it a go and when I had changed my lens and peeked outside the lounge room window, guess who was sitting right there on the pool fence? While I was snapping away at his nibs, his lady friend decided to join him. Lucky day to get picks like this! They are so cute.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Last year when I did the mixed media Webinar, I started a number of works on paper, and I posted them at the time. I have finished a couple of them and here are the end results.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Looks like butter wouldn't melt in his mouth, right? Well, a few metres away is a very unhappy female who, according to the internet, was telling him in no uncertain terms to take a long walk off a short branch. These two were arguing the toss in the front yard on and off for hours last weekend. The female sounded like a baby crying, but apparently she was just saying 'no'.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
You may remember the baby water dragon I featured in a photo here a little while back?
Well, the magical version of him has been accepted in the Moreton Bay Region's Art Awards photographic/digital section. I have also had the 'Tree of Life' I made last year preselected.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
The other day I noticed some little finches jumping around in the grass. It needs mowing and so they were sometimes hard to pick out. I was surprised when I looked closer to see that there were two species: the red-browed firetails and the double barred finches, all hanging out together. Exquisite little things. Some picks:
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
As I last mentioned, I spent the weekend up at Cedar Creek Retreat, enjoying a fantastic weekend with a dozen or so fellow weirdos looking at how we can grow our arts businesses. Awesome place (see some of the pics below), awesome food, awesome people. Thanks again, Michael and Ludmilla; and Amy and MBRC for the opportunity. The consequences will be significant and you will start to see some of the effects here and other places online. Watch this space!
Friday, February 17, 2017
This weekend I am off to Cedar Creek to participate in Moreton Bay Council's Cultivate the Arts program. I am really looking forward to it, and hopefully it will be beneficial. A weekend of nature, art and a bit of navel gazing, never hurt anyone! Thanks to MBRC for the opportunity!
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