Mini Art Adventures | 2-4 years
Cuddly Animals with Michelle Day
11 August – 15 September 2019
Let’s discover and learn about the amazing world of animals through the wondrous stories: Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles, Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell, Wombat Stew by Marcia Vaughan, I Want a Pet by Lauren Child and Hunwick’s Egg by Pamela Loft and Possum Magic by Mem Fox. In Mini Art Adventures, we’ll have lots of fun creating our own animal soft sculptures, paintings, puppets and wearable art inspired by the soft, fluffy, colourful, funny, spotty, and huggable animals in these stories. We’ll learn through play and will experiment with a variety of tactile materials including fabric, fibres, paint, paper and recycled and natural materials, and discover techniques of wrapping, binding, printing and constructing. We’ll work with 2D & 3D art forms, developing fine motor skills and the ability to problem solve, but most of all nurturing our little creators’ imaginations through the connection with nature and friendly stories. By the end of the term, we will have a cuddly collection of animals to keep us cosy.
About Michelle Day
Michelle Day is an Australian based sculptor and installation artist. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of several prestigious grants. Michelle completed her MFA (by research) at Chiang Mai University in 2017 and her Bachelor of Visual Arts at the ANU School of Art and Design in 2009, in Textiles and Sculpture. Michelle’s work focuses on the organic world and the wonders of nature – the beautiful and the uncomfortable. She often creates her work from translucent, delicate materials paired with illumination.
Week 1 (11 August)
Let’s start the term cosy at home – learning all about your real or imagined pets. Do you have a puppy? A rabbit? What about a sheep….or maybe you have a LION? The colourful story I Want a Pet is full to the brim with exciting pet possibilities. Let your imagination run wild or stay cosy and safe at home with a familiar pet and experiment with paint, collage and soft and fluffy textures to create a picture of your own wonderful pet.
Week 2 (18 August)
Soft Sculpture Native Animals
Would you like an Australian native animal friend to cuddle? Let’s get cuddly with some soft sculpture koalas and possums from the story Possum Magic. We’ll learn about working with fabric to create 3D soft shapes and decorating them through drawing and applying small elements.
Week 3 (25 August)
Googly-eyed Emu Puppets
Edward the Emu will make us laugh when he comes to life as a fluffy, googly-eyed string puppet. This week we’ll learn about creating with wool and fabric, using techniques of sticking and binding. Wait until you see all our fluffy Emu puppets walking around!
Week 4 (1 September)
The story Wombat Stew features all our favourite Australian native animals. Let’s play with air-drying clay combined with natural materials to create our own animal-inspired clay sculptures.
Week 5 (8 September)
Animals display many textures and patterns, such as spots and stripes. This week let’s learn about patterns on animals in the story Dear Zoo and we’ll experiment with printmaking techniques to create different patterns on our animal artworks.
Week 6 (15 September)
Flamboyant Cockatoo Crests
Let’s finish the term with some wonderful headpieces. We’ll draw inspiration from the beautiful illustrations in the book Hunwick’s Egg and create Bilby ears and feathery, flamboyant headpieces inspired by Cockatoo crests.
All materials will be provided.
We require parents or guardians to attend Mini Art Adventures workshops.
Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.