Art Level: Easy
Be a part of Artlis Studios School Holiday Art Competition this September!
The rules are simple:
- Create your own artwork – it can be of anything you like! The more imaginative the better! Or find a creative way of colouring in our free printable Mandala
- Sign your drawing with an original signature!
- Make sure the following details are on the back of your artwork: Name, Age, Contact phone number, email address.
- Get your entry to us in one of the following ways:
- DROP IN TO OUR STUDIO at 30 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin
- POST TO OUR STUDIO at 1A, 30 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin, QLD, 4223
- EMAIL A PICTURE OF YOUR ARTWORK to firstname.lastname@example.org or
- UPLOAD YOUR PHOTO TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE including your name and age. Then send us a message via PM with all your other details.
- Our 5 teachers will each get to vote on the winners! 5 winners in different age groups will be sent an Artlis Studios art pack (your choice of dreamcatchers, calming jars, or suncatchers) and one winner will get a $50 voucher to use on classes and workshops in our studio! (Art packs can be sent by mail anywhere in Australia, however the gift voucher winner will have to be local, or be able to use their voucher in our Currumbin Studio in the next 12 months)
Entries can be sent to us between 18th September – 1st October, 2017. Winners will be notified 2nd October, 2017.
We do not charge any entry fee to this competition, you can enter as many times as you like.
All competition entries agree to Artlis Studios using your artwork on public forums for advertising purposes, and to announce our winners.
Winners will be judged on their imagination, creativity and artistic style!
We can not accept traced or printed pictures (other than our free colouring page) as they may infringe on copywrite laws.
FINALLY! we are having a social workshop for any local mini-artists who would like to finish their artwork in the studio. Our teachers are happy to give advice but WILL NOT draw on your artwork, or suggest any changes. All work must be your own original work.
This week in the studio we’ve had sketching art classes, Pop Art with homeschoolers, surrealism landscape painting, and our Wednesday Expression Session was all about painting on materials other than paper. We gave the students wood, bark, sticks, clay – an array of non paper materials, and the most popular material they found to paint on?? Themselves! Hair, hands and noses were a favourite. Check out Zale below, with his lizard skin hand!!
The Wednesday Expression Sessions have really turned into an inspiration finding journey for many of our students, and some of the creations that have come out of it have been amazing!! We are loving seeing how our mini-artists are able to interpret the techniques we show them and turn them into creations that speak volumes about who they are.
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Also if you have any of your own mini-artist work to share find us on facebook to be a part of the our art challenges and get tips to help your mini-artist in their creations.
Happy creating, beautiful souls.
Time: approx. 5 minutes
½ can shaving cream
¾ cup corn flour
Mix together in a bowl with a spoon until all the cornflour is wet, then turn it out onto the bench and knead until soft.
I’ve used this two-ingredient cloud dough on many occasions as a fun science/art lesson and students love it. Both the process of making the dough, and the finished product are an adventure in texture and we have used it a few times as a form of sensory meditation.
For the simple version we just used cornflour and shaving cream. We used about half a can of shaving cream mixed with 3/4 cup cornflour. Depending on the environment you may need to add a little more of one or the other.
Use a spoon to mix shaving cream in, slowly! If you do this step fast you’ll end up with cornflour everywhere. Add a little more shaving cream if it’s not combining well, add more cornflour if it feels too sticky.
You will know it’s ready to turn out onto the bench by pressing the back of the spoon into the dough – if it sticks together well and doesn’t crumble you can put it on the bench and start working it with your hands. Press the dough as though you are trying to stick bits of playdough together rather than kneading it. It will take a few minutes but eventually you’ll end up with moldable dough that feels silky and smooth.
You’ll notice how different this dough is to normal playdough – as there is no cream of tartar in the mixture and so it doesn’t have the elasticity that playdough does.
Add a drop of food colouring to the dough once it is smooth and ready to be played with (this is a great opportunity to explore colour with your child, mix yellow and blue and watch it turn green)
Add glitter to make it fancy! Blue glitter in white dough for “Frozen” themed, purple glitter in green dough for monster cloud dough, silver glitter in dark blue dough for a night sky theme, gold glitter in yellow dough for sunshine theme.
Use cookie cutters to make shapes or toothpicks to draw on the dough.
In another bowl try mixing cornflour and cheap hair conditioner. Prompt your child to guess how it will turn out. Will it be softer? Harder? Stickier? Let them feel the texture of the ingredients before they are mixed. How does the shaving cream texture differ from the conditioner? Is this difference reflected in the different cloud dough?
Use this table to record your findings.