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March 21, 2020

Before the apocalypse began, we had a beautiful art session inspired by Japanese koi fish. Seems very apt now as the koi signifies perseverance, due to the fish’s tendency to swim upstream and never stop moving. This symbolism represents how a person can remain strong...

March 8, 2020

We've spent 2 weeks working on more masks. This time inspired by vejigante (pronounced beh-hee-gahn-teh) - a common folkloric character seen in Puerto Rico during festival celebrations. The characters march in parades wearing colourful, ornate masks and costumes with b...

February 24, 2020

African Masks have multiple varieties for many different reasons. Many masks are created for festivals, rituals and ceremonies. Some represent spirit beings or departed ancestors. Masks can be traced back to well past Paleolithic times. These art objects were (and are...

February 8, 2020

We have spent the last two weeks looking at and learning all about the Inuits and their art. Living in the harshest parts of the world, the Inuits' ability to survive as well as produce some truly beautiful art has proven to be a really interesting topic.
The kids crea...

January 20, 2020

La Boca, is a neighbourhood, or barrio of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. Years ago, shipyard workers used left over metal and paint to create their homes. There was never quite enough for an entire house, hence the amazing colourful patchwork neighbourhoods. We u...

January 11, 2020

Been ages since I last posted! That thing called christmas got in the way a bit. But the last two workshops of 2019 were devoted to one of the least known, most versatile, and most beautiful expressions of Mexican folk art: hojalata (tin art work). Was supposed to be j...

December 11, 2019

I've got a thing about Japan. It's fascinating and thanks to manga art, loads of kids are into it too. We looked at examples of art from manga, designs on kimonos, calligraphy and architecture. Then we focussed on symbolism as it features a lot. We practised Japanese w...

November 30, 2019

Kids were really interested in the Māori people of New Zealand this week. We watched a video of New Zealand's All Blacks performing the Māori 'haka' war dance before a rugby match and we looked at tā moko tribal tattoos.
We also studied Māori art and focussed on such a...

November 24, 2019

Really excited about this new art course! We're looking at cultural art and began this week with the Otomi Indians in Mexico. In particular, we learnt how they make their own beautiful handmade paper by stripping bark from the Jonote tree.
We looked at particular motif...

November 15, 2019

It was a very busy final session in the latest art course. We looked at Cubism and discussed how artists such as Picasso and Braque incorporated different perspectives into a single painting. The kids then got to work making 3D faces with cardboard, paints, pens, oil p...

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