Sunday, 10 April 2016

Art Workshops for children

This week I started teaching art workshops for children in my " garage studio".
Half of the garage is converted into a studio, this will work for the warmer season,but for the colder months I have to use our cottage.
The space in the garage is ideal, because of the concrete floor,so it doesn't matter if the art gets messy.
I teach 5 groups of home schoolers, total of 25 children.
This first workshop was inspired by the artist and architect Hundertwasser,very well known for his colourfull and 'out of the square buildings' in Vienna and his amazing artworks.
Hundertwasser believed that people are happier when they live in colourfull houses and close to nature.
He lived in and loved New Zealand and built the toilets in Kawakawa in the Bay of Islands,worth a visit.
I showed the children a book with his artwork and buildings to inspire them.
The children first drew their dream house or street with white chalk on black paper and they used oil and chalk pastels to colour and then glued different papers to the art work to add texture.
I asked the children to draw big and fill the paper and the houses could look out of shape and different and very colourful.
I sprayed the artwork with a fixative to protect the pastels.
Beautiful work emerged and the children loved the project.

a finished street

Colourful house

The drawing

A town

An apartment building with a tree growing through


  1. What you have done here with the children is wonderful. I did quilts with my students and little dolls but never anything like this. It is so exciting what can be done with so little expense. Their works are impressive. I am so glad you included all the photos. I loved looking at each of them. I am not quite sure how to follow the process when it gets to the paper on the gelatin, but I will reread and reread til I get it. I am dying to give it a try this weekend with my granddaughter. Thanks so much for the recipe even if I am stuck. I will get it sooner or later. That is the fun of it all. A great post.

    1. Hi Genie thank you for your wonderful reply. There is a lot of information on gelatine printing on the internet and youtube demonstations on gelatine printing. Have fun with your grand daughter.


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