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In the studio they grow… (Art Therapy again!)

artlis-sketchThis 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!!

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School Holiday Workshops for June!

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!!

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School Holiday Art Workshop

Surrealism, sketching, Pop Art and painting our hands!

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!!

 

Pop Art from the Flourish Education Services Homeschool Group

^ Pop Art from the Flourish Education Services Homeschool Group

 

Surrealism Landscape Art Lesson

^ Holly (10) Tuesday afternoon class. Surrealism Landscape showing perspective.

 

Painting without paper.

Students experimenting with painting on things other than paper in our Wednesday Expression Session.

 

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.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to keep up to date with what’s happening in the studio on a regular basis. Competitions, monthly specials and links to blogs and competition will all happen in the newsletter.

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.

Alissa x

 

One point Perspective drawing

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.

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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!

 

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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.

 

Alissa x

 

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One Point Perspective Painting Artlis Studios Junior Homeschool Group (Yatala)

 

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