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 Art Therapy thing. I’m going to keep banging on about it for a little bit. Mainly because I just keep getting SO MANY students parents/guardians telling me how different their mini-artist is since they started doing weekly art lessons.
There’s so many benefits from art therapy – the stress relief, the lateral cognitive development, the fine motor skills exercising – but (I think) more important than all those reasons, is the confidence that students gain by exploring the thoughts that they may not have the words to express.
In my studio I watch shy children, turn into young artists with a voice.
I watch how they grow from trying to “blend in” with the motley group that frequents my studio, to realising there are so many different characters that they couldn’t blend in, no matter how hard they try, so they start beaming their own unique little (and sometimes big) personality through the already character-cluttered studio.
I watch as the parts of them they choose to show turn from “I’m too cool for that” to “watch this really silly thing I can do.” I hear them as they proclaim to the class that they are “oddball” and “not like everyone else” and then I watch them make friends with other self proclaimed weirdos, and in finding a place where no one is cool, they find a space to be authentic with themselves.
I think at least half of my students have at some point told me they aren’t like anyone else. Whether this is born from their own ability to see their uniqueness, or their parents encouragement to be themselves without defaulting to mimicking the social norms – it doesn’t matter. What matters to these kids is that they congregate with likeminds. That gives them a kind of confidence to be who they are in the studio, and gives them the confidence to face the world outside of the studio.
In my studio I see young artists turn their newfound skills into confidence, and surely that confidence they carry has the best therapeutic value of all.
So go ahead and put a paintbrush in your mini-artists hand. Give them a space to be messy. Give them a challenge to complete. Give them the opportunity to develop the express themselves freely – and if possible do it with others.
If you’re on facebook feel free to share your mini-artists work on the Artlis Studios page or join our Kids Art Sharing Group to connect with other guardians of creative mini’s. We love to see your work!!
Artlis Studios Holiday Workshops are now taking bookings. We have intensive sketching workshops for those looking at improving their drawing skills, fun abstract canvas workshops for those who want to get messy, yoga/art meditation and mini-artists will also get the opportunity to make themselves an 80cm long wooden “believe” wall sign.
Book ASAP as many missed out on our table painting workshops last holidays.
Contact us on 0400 382 617 or by email to make a booking or to find out any more information.
See you there!!
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.
I couldn’t find any videos that related to using scale in one point perspective, so stay tuned. I’ll create one!
For now, these are a few simple to follow videos and how-to art lessons:
This youtube video is a simple, non technical version of one point perspective. It shows an interior being drawn in one point perspective on a computer in less that 2 minutes, but the steps and concepts are exactly the same as if you were drawing it with pencil and ruler. You may need to pause the video to keep up!
A slightly longer (15 minute) video, which is a little more technical and shows the artist using his pencil (but still no ruler!) This is a great video to understand how perspective affects the visual size of buildings in a drawing.
This one is a written tutorial for those who don’t want to watch a video – this tutorial is quite in depth, although very easy to read and understand. I like this one because he uses a ruler. Hooray!
This one could be my favourite! This tutorial transfers all the knowledge into an really easy version of perspective that you can teach to 7-13 year olds.
I’m in the process of creating some videos that include scale in perspective with lots more ruler work.
If there are any questions or if there’s anything you’d like me to cover in my perspective video please feel free to email me.
I’ve been researching art competitions for my students, and came across this one – the Picasso Art Contest.
Entry is FREE to any 6 – 19 year olds from any country. Entry is open until 25th February 2016.
They accept nearly any kind of medium (except digital art) including
- Water Color
- Oil Color
- Colored Pencils
- Pen & Ink
- Ball Point Pen
- Mixed Media etc
Any subject, any size is acceptable (except adult themed works, or copyrighted material)
The BEST PART is you can enter online. These are the entry details:
Step ONE: Take a clear digital photo of your mini-artists artwork. IT MUST BE CLEARLY SIGNED with the artists full name in handwriting that is legible.
Step TWO: Send your mini-artists artwork to email@example.com include on the email your mini-artists NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, AGE, STATE, COUNTRY. The email subject should be: “Entry for Season 1”
Be aware! There are some reasons your mini-artist will be disqualified. These are:
- signature not clear on artwork
- artwork contains objectionable subject matter or copyrighted material
- Name, DOB, age, State, country information is not in the email
- online form not filled in
- image is not clear
- the artwork was sent many times
Entry is only open until 25th February 2016, so now is the time to start organising your mini-artist for their entry. I know many of my students already have pieces that would be fantastic entries into this competition.
Here’s the link to the website once more, just in case you missed it:
Happy entering and good luck!!
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.