Lake Animals & Creative Envelopes for the Mini Exhibitions

20141018_112845Each week, we start by looking at the participants’ homework.

Flipping through Sheila’s, one of our most enthusiastic participants, I could smell some sort of Chinese food.

The origin of this smell came from her collage with sweet corn that she took from her dinner last week.

She said after the previous class (making collages with marshmallow and raisins)  she wanted to make some extra works.

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Pop-up Garden with Puffed Up Marshmallows



The topic of today’s class was to  make a `Pop-up Garden’.

Being asked to bring any materials to make a garden in `free-style’, Charlotte, one of the participants said this after opening
bags full of fun stuff from her house.

It was slightly easier because I could bring anything interesting but it was slightly harder because I didn’t know how to use it.
Unlike previous weeks that materials were given, this week, participants were asked to bring any thing to use in the class.
To make things more interesting, I prepared some marshmellows and raisins.
Participants enjoyed using them ( while feeling their squishy texture)

as borders of the path,


(by Sheila)

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A Pasta-House with a Biscuit Wall

This is one of the participants said after being asked about using different materials at the weeky art class:

It was interesting to work with different materials each week. If somebody told me to make a leaf out of wire or a bird out of leaves, I would be thinking it was mad. But  now that I’ve done it, I know it is possible to make.


To take a further step in finding materials for art from nature, this week, we used cooking ingredients as medium to build a house.


For an assignment last week, participants were asked to draw a house and a garden with a tree by incorporating various materials.

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Paper and Leaf Birds

Unlike during the previous week when we used hard/industrial materials such as wood or nails, this week, we worked with soft materials such as papers and leaves.


Firstly, we worked with craft papers by forming bird shapes based on the participants’ homework of drawing five birds. Then, we glued strips of tissue paper as if they were feathers.
Although it seemed simple to use paper, which is a common material, it was challenging to make the right sized belly of the bird by forming a volume with thin pieces of paper.

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A Wooden Tree-house & coloured animals

Today, we made a tree-house using strings and nails based on the drawings that they made as homework.

Last week, participants were given some homework to do before today’s session.

Just as every teachers who give out homework to students, I was a bit unsure if people would actually do it.
But of course, our participants are great at proving my assumptions wrong.
Being asked to make fives drawings of tree-houses, Sara made wonderful drawings based on additional research.20140920_105947
For building a tree-house with strings and nails
 this is the sample that I brought for demonstration:

Clay Animals & Coloured Mugs



Every week participants are given a creative task to do for homework which is a preparation for the following class.

Last week, they made a drawing of their favourite animals every day which became the subject of the class today.

Using their drawings as a guide, they shaped a number of animals with clay.

As they have used plastic (Polymoph) for moulding during the last session (which was a more difficult material to handle as it hardens quickly),

this week, with clay, the participants were able to make more complicated shapes:

such as a rabbit, a turtle and an elephant.




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A Picnic with Squirrels

“I showed the flower papers we made last week to my carer. She loved it so much that she bought me some papers so that I could make flower papers for her.” – Pam ( Participant)
The goal of this art workshop is not about gaining art skills but enriching  everyday experience through creativity and imagination.
Each week, the session revolves around the theme of a forest. Previously, trees and flowers were the key subjects for painting and sculpture.  This week, we worked on a rather imaginative topic: making a bowl & mug set for a picnic with squirrels.
After handing out some acorns for inspiration, I demonstrated how to use Polymorph, which is a new plastic material that is pliable once it’s applied with warm water. Participants absolutely loved this new material and some preferred this to clay!
Once they made a bowl & mug set using Polymorph, we designed tablemats using Paul Cézanne’s still-life paintings as a basis for abstract collage.
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