Meditations on Nature

In this course we will use guided meditations focused on aspects of nature, using them as a catalyst to create a painting which will celebrate what it is to be a spiritual being having an earthly experience.

I believe meditation is a wonderful tool to unlock creativity and inner wisdom. It grounds us, makes us more attentive and in tune to our environment and helps us relax into the ‘flow’ of imagination until the painting itself becomes the meditation.

Over the four weeks we will be working on one large canvas, which will change an evolve as different ideas emerge.

Focus is not on observational painting, but of using nature as a way of creating visual symbols which are unique to your inner journey. You may choose to use collage materials, incorporate found objects such as leaves or feathers or use a myriad of other materials to create texture.

I will be on hand to support you through this process, whether it be technique, colour mixing, composition and most importantly, to help you feel empowered to follow your intuition.

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Egg Tempera Frescoes

Last week we made egg tempera paint using a recipe I found in several places after trolling the Internet. The directions were, use egg yolk, anything that would make a pigment (we tried crushed dry pastels and food dye), a bit of water and vinegar. The idea was to make mini plaster ‘frescoes’, inspired by the beautiful Italian frescoes found in churches in the early Renaissance. We used meat trays for our plaster mixture and happily worked away with our glossy transparent homemade egg tempera paint. The following week, I pulled them out for the kids to finish-but we found they had gone a bit mouldy (one of my students looked mortified; his carefully painted Jesus looked like he had green chicken pox). We google searched our concerns ‘why does egg tempera go mouldy?’ with no joy. Apparently no one else in cyberspace has had this happen. The weather has been a bit on the wet side, and maybe our yolk ratios were too generous. Still, I love the learning that happens through mistakes. There is a lot of science in art. We are continuing our look into Renaissance art-I will keep posting!

2016 Art Classes

I have had 4 years experience working as a primary art specialist, and also exhibit and sell my own work. I am a big advocate in the importance of art education as it enhances academic performance as well as emotional resilience. This year I am running a range of art classes from my home studio. I design my lessons to teach students to make artistic choices and generate their ideas; as well as learning practical skills such as contour drawing and printmaking. I am also able to assist ATAR art students with their art assignments.

Students will work with clay (firing is an additional small cost), mixed-media, watercolour and painting techniques, drawing, and perspective. Homeschool students will be provided with a brief report at the end of each unit.

The Details:

Cost: $96 (casual rate $15 per class) Classes run for 8 weeks.

Primary group: Tuesday  2nd February- 22nd of March

10:30 a.m- 12:00 p.m

Highschool group: Wednesday 3rd February-23rd March (full)

10:30a.m-12:00p.m

After School groups

Primary: Wednesday 3rd  February-23rd of March, 3:30p.m-5:00p.m

Highschool: Thursday 4th February-23rd of March, 4:00 p.m-5:30

Location: Medina

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