Category Archives: art and craft

There’s A Walrus In My Wardrobe

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Jackets…pins…buttons…clothes… We had to make animal sculptures from clothes.

I had trouble thinking of an animal to make but I thought that since there were lots of black and white clothes I should make a panda! (Plus, pandas are my favourite animal!)

This is Couch Potat0 Panda!

I enjoyed this workshop very much!!!

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

C.P.P eating pizza

This is proof that C.P.P is a couch potat0!

C.P.Ps TV guide or is it?

Nope, its not a TV guide. Its an info sheet about C.P.P!

Workshop by Craft Victoria, Artist Jemila MacEwan

Recommended age: 9-12yrs.

 

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Using HyperStudio 5: to make a Game

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Well I have been busy for the last couple of months

making a game for the VIC, Science Talent Search 2012.

It is called ‘Planet Savers – Climate Change’.

How did I do this you may well ask?

I made this with an amazing piece of multimedia software called HyperStudio 5.

With this I made:

~ clever animations~

Some mini-games including:

~a memory match game~

~ a jigsaw puzzle~

~an I spy game~

~a maze game~

And

~a quiz~

AND IT WAS ALL SOOO EASY!!!

Most of it was done by just pointing, clicking, drawing and dragging and dropping into an editor.

I didn’t need to learn programming before I used this– it was all behind the scenes.

Text and pictures were easy to add in.

Here are some pics of my artwork created in HyperStudio.

(Some of the clipart used was from Dorling Kindersley Multimedia

Climate Change CD Rom and others from HyperStudio).

Some were my own drawings on the computer and hand drawings.

HyperStudio is great for schoolwork and art or projects of any type.

You can even make green screen videos…

hmmm – perhaps another project for me later down the track.

I would like to also thank my mum and Roger Wagner –

the creator of this program for assisting me with the technical aspects

of the game making and scoring in particular.

HyperStudio Recommended age: 5yrs+.

(Although best for middle school and higher grade kids, younger kids

can do simple things like animations easily).

To find out more about HyperStudio see

http://www.rogerwagner.com/hs/testdrive/Welcome_Page.html.

You can get a free 30 day trial to test it out. Also if your school has it

– let the Software MacKiev people know before

you buy it to get a special discount on the software.

PS. When the game is available online I will update this post so stay tuned…..

 

The Lady and The Unicorn exhibition and Weaving a Myth workshop

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The meeting of poetry and tapestry!

I went to an exhibition “The Lady and the Unicorn” with Etchings by Melbourne artist Arthur Boyd based on interpretations of the words of poet Peter Porter on 13th July 2012. The poems are based on a historical fiction novel about French tapestries featuring a beautiful lady and a unicorn. It is about a love story and mythical tale about a lady and a unicorn who love each other but find it hard to be together. This exhibition comes from NSW – The Bundanon Trust.

The story was explained (kid’s version poetry) by artist and Bundanon Trust Education Manager – Mary Preece.

Arthur Boyd’s art from activity booklet from Bundanon Trust.

Mum found it interesting that there was a picture incorporating Noah’s Ark as well into the poetry of the story.

I also did an activity booklet provided to learn about the story, see my pictures below.

The trapped unicorn in a cage.

However, in the end in this poetry version they do go to heaven and are together for eternity.

This is my interpretation of some of the story – my poem.

The Lady and the Unicorn

 

There once was a unicorn,

With a glamorous horn,

With an enemy king,

Who was really thinking,

how to catch the animal for his zoo..

The unicorn fell in love,

With a lady wearing white like a dove,

But the unicorn was betrayed,

On a very, very fateful day,

By the lady.

At the lady’s wedding,

She found herself weeping,

For the unicorn was gone forever,

But the unicorn came back,

And they went to heaven together.

And they lived there for eternity

I also went to the workshop run by Mary Preece – “Weaving a Myth” – where I weaved some beautiful artwork. A tapestry to be precise – see pictures below.

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It was a challenge for me trying to find the right ribbon and right side of the fabric, and to place them in an interesting way in the frame. I enjoyed the weaving because when I finished my work it looked fantastic!!

Recommended age: 9-12yrs.

Softie Animal Friends

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I went to this workshop on 2Oth January 2012 at ArtPlay, run by author and crafter, Katie Evans.

I made a bumble bee for my brother Josh like this:

  1. Take your desired , 2 pieces for front and back.
  2. . Draw up your

3 , and then


– both pieces of fabric.

4. Now and sew,

and make sure there’s room for a

5. Now, fill up the shape with

like cotton wool, and sew up the hole!

6.. Time to reach for more of that fabric,

and cut of bits of fabric to form      features

on your animal, and use

a

to attach your pieces to your creature.

VIola!And there you have it! Your own softie animal friend!

Recommended age: 9-12yrs

Here are some piccies:

Here I am working hard!

The group’s wonderful creations

Josh loves his bumble-bee.

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.

 

(No) Snow Globes!

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As the title suggests – making snow globes without the snow.

It was really fun!   We came with a small wide jar, and we stuck a base material like foam on the inside of the lid and then we made a scene.

We used foam, paper and plastic items. The parents used a hot glue gun to stick all the bits and pieces to the base.

Then we filled the jar with water and added a small amount of glitter of a colour we liked (but not too much or it would clump together).

Then when the jar was shaken we saw the glitter all about inside like it was snowing over our scene.

I took part in this Christmas workshop with my brother Joshua at ArtPlay on the 11th December 2010.

Recommended age: 2-8yrs.

Here are some pictures of us at the workshop:

Mine is the Santa ‘skating on thin ice’ – Trouble!

Now some interesting and important facts:

Santa is based on a real historical person – Saint Nicholas – a priest from 280 AD who helped people and gave gifts, especially to the poor.

Santa is fun but the real meaning of Christmas is to do with Jesus – who is the saviour of our world.  You can find out more about this historical person and evidence at: http://creation.com/the-nativity-fact-or-fiction – do check it out!