Category Archives: ArtPlay Reviews

My reviews of ArtPlay events I have been to.

Melbourne Writers Festival – Tavi Gevinson

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Tavi Gevinson is an American fashion blogger who started blogging at the age of eleven. She got discovered by The New York Times (that’s, like, the biggest news paper EVER!!)

So, Tavi came to the State Library of Victoria. There were five girls there who spoke about their motivation to become or do what they Tavi Gevinson at Rookie Day MWF 2013want to do. Some of them were told by lots of people (even their own PARENTS) that their ambition won’t make them any money Moneyor get them very far in life.

    But they persisted and they ended up succeeding!

    They and Tavi were all so inspiring!

After the girls  talked,  we went on and did some mind maps collages. We just took bits and pieces from lots of different magazines. Some people were lucky enough to find a Women’s Weekly from the 50’s! (I, however, was NOT one of those peopleSad smileboo – hoo!) I grabbed some random but awesome stuff, because it pretty much describes, well, me! Random but Awesome!

I got her signature somewhere on my notebook (Open-mouthed smile)with the “special Pen” (Tayger’sgold pen that is called that because an internationally famous fashion blogger used it) but then it didn’t show up so we just used a blue pen.

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The talk was more directed at teenagers, but it was appealing to the “tweens age 10-12”age category too.

This was attended on Saturday 24th August.

There are articles about Tavi online too – search via Google.

Her online site for teens –Rookie Magazine is at http://rookiemag.com

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Here we are ArtPlay EArters with Tavi! Smile

(Thanks to Tayger and her mum for group photo)

Here are some more links passed on from other E-Arters:
http://www.bust.com/blog/tavi-gevinson-dishes-on-anna-wintour-feminism-and-her-plans-for-world-domination.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/fashion/tavi-gevinson-the-oracle-of-girl-world.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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Paint What You Hear

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It was an Exhibition on 2nd October 2012
Run by lead artist Erica Rasmussen at ArtPlay.
There was also a band performance.

IT was a simple yet fun exhibition.  All we had to do, is paint along to the music.

Say, if it was sweet, smooth classical music, you paint a stroke something like this:

smooth brush stroke - paint what you hear

Or if it was crazy, full-on heavy metal, you would paint this:

statacato prush movement - paint what you hear

or if it was something in-between, you would paint a brush stroke like so:

inbetween brush stroke - paint what you hear!!!

Here are a few pictures from the paint what you hear exhibition:

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A painting from the “Paint What You Hear” Exhibition

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Making our own paintings via ‘’hearing what we paint’’.

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The Band

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Mum and Joshua’s Painting

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Hannah’s “Paint What You Hear” Painting

IMG_0378 Hannah at work

Here I am, Hannah at Work

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Hannah’s finished work “Blobs”.

Argy Barge!!!

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We (the other 9-12 YO kids and I at the Argy Barge workshop at the Roola Boola festival) started off with a fresh canvas! No – one had pre – planned our storyline. We  got to make it up ourselves.

We started  off by playing some fun acting  games to help us get used to what we would be doing over the next 4 hours.

After we had finished up with the games (and when I had finished failing miserably), we started pouring out our ideas up onto the white board. We came up with many random, crazy, impossible – in – real – life ideas. We made sure that our story was weird, funny, wacky, impossible – in – real – life  and most off all … RANDOM! We had meerkats, an assassin that killed people with a blunt pencil, lactose – intolerance free cheesecake, Fartenstein ( yes, I spelt that right!!! )  and a twist … sort – of.

We used all kinds of acting! We used puppets, ourselves as the actors, shadow puppetry and lighting effects!

We put on the performance for our families afterwards and you can see a sample of the enthusiastic response in the video below.  My mum and brother enjoyed the show.

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Hannah with theatre director of Argy Barge – Anthony Crowley

Also here is a sample of a production from the workshop.

Portraits

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Mirrors, pencils, paper, mannequins, photo frames and a little bit of inspiration from The Amazing Bobby at ArtPlay… all you need to start a portrait gallery!Open-mouthed smile

In December 2012, I went to ArtPlay for a portraits workshop. I learnt that all you would need to do this is a mirror , a pencil ,paper and patience and eventually…

100_4925         Clock( tick tock)   100_4924 you end up with THIS!100_4931 

Even if you don’t have those materials, or you’re not the patient type,  you could use an iPad to create some art work like my brother is doing here…

From this…100_4929… to this…100_4930 and then finally… THIS!100_4930b Josh Procreate Portrait iPad 2012-10-04

You can do more drawings of course! You can copy mannequins like my brother  Josh did…

100_4926 100_4927And after a while…100_4923 Joshua's THIS! was the final product!

And you can do more pencil drawings of people to add to Bobby’s “inspiration wall” like these that I did…

 

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And plus, you get to frame them…

with the frame that Bobby gives you on your way in (100_4931)

or you can make your own one out of paper       ( 100_4934)

Yup! A creative workshop deserves a creative review!

Here is Bobby’s Inspirational Wall

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Age recommendation: Anyone who knows how to operate a pencil!

              

Hannah Be right back 

 

Crash, Splat, Bang, Whoosh!

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How would you like to be in a


RaDiOpLaY

with a narrator that has a funny ol’ voice, Velcro and goo?

This radio play is called “Dad’s Shed” and is about:

Three kids that go into their dad’s shed and go to many different and silly lands in a teleportation machine.

A    RaDiOpLaY is an audio story with clever sound effects to tell the story better.

 

For you to get a clearer picture of what I am saying, here is my day as part of a RADIOPLAY.

Eh-hem… Introducing:


HANNAH’S

NOTEBOOK!!!


In summary I did these sound effects in the play:

Teleportation machine going and landing by shaking maracas

Bongo drums- the drums that played while the king was coming

The opening of Jake’s nappy by ripping velcro apart

Vocal animal sounds, Applause and Screaming.

SO, now that you’ve got a brief idea what being in a radio play is like, do you feel like you should have a go?

Because let me just say, this workshop is absolutely worth doing!

Here is a photo of the speakers, props and stations.

(Photo provided by Laura Milke Garner).

To listen to the performance click here

(and click on the SPLAT icon at base then enter password: splat0909)

If you have trouble getting to hear it – please let me know via comments, will try to upload it.

For more info see http://www.radioplaysforkids.com.au

Recommended age 9-12yrs.

The Book Factory – Melbourne Writer’s Festival at ArtPlay

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Being a Reader… author… then an illustrator… and a publisher…

The author of this workshop was H.J Harper, who is an author from Melbourne who writes a series called Star League.

There was an Illustrator at this workshop whose name was Sue deGennaro who has illustrated The Tomorrow Book and The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas.

All I did was think of a title, write a story, illustrated it and got it published.

And then ACORNS came to be!!!

I enjoyed all of it but especially liked the illustrating because I love drawing.

Here is a pdf link to my book (please note it is a first draft as we did not have time to edit it).

Acorns

Get the free adobe acrobat reader to read it.

I went to this workshop Saturday 1st September at ArtPlay.

Recommended age: 7-12yrs.

PS. Let me know what you think of the book via the comments below.

 

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.