Monthly Archives: October 2011

Finius Flume and the Fabulous Fandangle Factory

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I went to see this at the La Mama Courthouse Theatre on the 28th September 2011.

Finius Flume works long, looong, loooong hours at the Fandangle Factory. His job is to make sure all the fandangles are in perfect condition for giving out to the public. The fandangles were fun though and he wanted to play with them but when he tried a foreman would always come and interrupt his play, bossing him to get back to work!

I thought that the show was lively with VERY creative props, lots of comedy, some puppets, zany machines, stilt walking and more.

Recommended age: 3 to 7 years.

Here are some pics:

Finius & the Foreman

A funny chase - watchout Finius!

The bubble fandangle.

Photos provided by La Mama Courthouse Theatre  – Photographer Daisy Noyes.

Stay tuned… I will be adding my own fandangle inspired by the show – here later.

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Crazy Scientists in their Lab

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I created this using Kid Pix Deluxe 4. I chose and inserted the background from the program, then I drew in the characters and props using a mouse.

It took me a fair bit of time to complete, because I had to find the right tools. On the stone desk, there is a battery, which was their project. There are notes that the scientists have taken on the battery as well.

I was inspired to do this by the show “It’s Not Circus, It’s Science” which you can read about in my ‘Theatre’ category posts.

 

Still Awake, STILL!

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I attended this play on 29th September 2011 at The Arts Centre in Melbourne.

It is based on a book by Elizabeth Honey but quite different from it.

A lady named Miss Tinklefinger has a tough time trying to put the audience to sleep. She tries singing lullabies and playing the piano, and other things too. Two strange characters keep hopping out of the top of the piano, at the most unexpected times to make things interesting.

The show is full of surprises, humour, wonder and different musical styles.

Here is my poem about it:

I‘m still awake, still!

Madam sings a lullaby


Still, I’m awake though

Then she plays the piano

I‘m still awake,

Laughing and dancing and prancing!

Lullabies won’t put me to sleep,


And neither will the soft sound of a piano

Well, Madam couldn’t take any more of this,

And with that, she found a way to …

KEEP US ASLEEP!

END! 🙂


I think it was creative, but I do also think that it may have been more suitable for children a couple of years younger
than me. Also I would have enjoyed it a little more if there were more characters.

Recommended age: 3-7 years old.

Some Pics:

Miss Tinklefinger

Photos provided by the artist/The Arts Centre

It’s Not Circus It’s Science

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I saw this with my brother Josh and mum at the Northcote Kids Festival on the 28th September 2011. It was a kid’s theatre show put on by the duo Barnard and Wild of Teacup Tumble Theatre.

The play was about a very distinguished scientist-Professor Barnard, and a very clumsy scientist-Professor Wild. It is a play with acrobatics, lots of clowning around, whips and brain science. Professor Wild is the wildest scientist I have ever, ever, ever, ever encountered! However Professor Barnard is one of the stereotypical scientists – serious and smart. They try to work together on their experiments but their methods clash. The show was a real explosion of characters! There was also a sub-character- The Battery!!!

My favourite part was when mum and I got to go up on stage, to prove their scientific hypothesis that you ‘learn something better when it is harder to read’. I held up a sheet of paper with a lot of big scientific words on it and moved it around while mum had to read it like an acrobat standing on the professors’ thighs. Mum said she had fun being an acrobat but reading the words was not that hard, just confusing.

Interview with Josh (my brother):

Q. What did you think of the show?

A. It was funny, it was interesting and it was scary.

Q. Why was it scary?

A. Because of the whips- they were very loud!

Q .Which was your favourite scientist?

A. Professor Wild.

Q. Why was she your favourite?

A. Because she was funny- very funny.

Q. Would you have wanted to go on stage like I did?

A. No.

Q. Why?

A. Because I would feel scared.

Q. What part of the scientists’ outfits were your favourite?

A. That is a weird question.

Q. Well?

A. I’d have to say the glasses.

We all really enjoyed the show and hope maybe they get to do this show at Scienceworks and ArtPlay sometime so many others can see it too.

Recommended age: 5yrs+

From left to right: The Professors Barnard and Wild

The "wild" Professor Wild.

Above pictures provided by Professor A.Wild.

For more info see Teacup Tumble Theatre.

My artwork inspired by the show – created in Kid Pix Deluxe 4:

Crazy scientists in their lab

 

The Art Of The Brick

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The Art Of The Brick

I went with my family to this exhibition of Lego Art on the 24th of September 2011. It was by Nathan Sawaya – former lawyer turned Lego Artist.

We saw some impressive sculptures and portraits made of Lego bricks. Quite a few of these were based on “The Thinker” sculpture originally made by the artist Auguste Rodin – showing a man deep in thought. Other sculptures included fruit, weather, animals and people. One interesting sculpture was of a man falling off the edge of a building.

There was also a fabulous Lego construction of the City of Melbourne done by the Melbourne Lego User Group (MUG) – featuring some well known landmarks.

After we saw the gallery of Nathan’s Lego art we were inspired to do some Lego art ourselves downstairs.

Here are some pics:

Melbourne Lego User Group – City of Melbourne Sculpture

Melbourne Lego User Group – Flinders St Station

My favourite one was this globe.

My brother Josh – as a Lego Ninjago. "Why did you put your hand in there Josh?"^^

Mum's version of "The Thinker". Very colourful!

Dad's version of "The Thinker". He must be working out while thinking – so like Dad!

Mum's Lego Landscape "3 Tree Island".

Joshua's Donut Tower.

This exhibition is touring around the world. You can see more of Nathan’s work at http://www.brickartist.com

Caravan Dreaming

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I attended this workshop at ArtPlay on 7th August 2011, run by Sue Degennaro. The task was to make our own mini caravan from Balsa wood and match sticks, using the instructions that Sue gave us. It was actually quite a difficult task to complete, as my mum helped me to glue all the parts together to construct the caravan’s structure. You need a fair amount of patience as you have to wait for the glue to set before you can attach other parts to finish it.

After making the caravan, we used recycled material we brought to add on other features along with provided paper patterns to make our caravans unique. The decorating was the most fun part for me! I added a map type paper and a bottle lid. Then we added a varnish to the caravans to make them look a bit more authentic.

Then a group of us went out into the city, getting photos of our caravans in our own chosen locations, that we thought would be a good place to holiday in a caravan. I chose a pretty weird spot, spiral art structure on a building, to place mine in. We then walked all the way up to Craft Victoria – a craft shop where our caravans were to go on display.

Our caravans will be on display at Craft Victoria for a month of nightly exhibition from 31st October to 27th November 2011 – do go check them out!

I recommend this workshop for kids aged 9-13yrs with parental help.

Here are some pictures:

My caravan.

My caravan's holiday spot.

Other caravans.

Me and my caravan.

Also Sue has a blog about this project at http://caravandreaming.blogspot.com – where you can view more caravans made and leave a comment if you like.

 

The Cook And The Woodcutter

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In this workshop, I went to at ArtPlay on the 3rd July 2011 with my family, I learnt how to make scones, and how to cook them on a wood fired stove. We were taught by Trevor Flinn who is a cook, a visual artist, a woodcutter, and a Dunkeld CFA member.

We used a few simple ingredients such as: SR Flour, dried fruits, sugar, milk and butter. We also learned how to boil a kettle on an open fire, that I made with a team of other kids, using bricks, newspaper, wood/sticks and matches.

Trevor also showed us how to chop wood with an axe.

Finally –after all our hard work (sigh) we settled at a table, and enjoyed our scones with a nice cup of tea (ahh…) and our families joined in.

Recommended age: 9-13 yrs and their families

Here are some pictures:

The open stove I made with my team

Mmm, mmm!

There is also a great cookbook you can purchase from Trevor called "The Cook's Book" with lovely wood-fired recipes (can be made on ordinary stove too) where all proceeds from the sale of these go towards the new Dunkeld Community Centre to help the bush fire victims of this town.

The Cook and the Woodcutter is part of the ‘Illuminated By Fire’ festival – a project about the places we care about and the story and role of fire within those places. Working across Victoria, the project aims to share stories, increase understanding and create astonishing art. To read more, go to www.rav.net.au/storyboard.