Yesterday I tutored a creative art/craft workshop at one of the Tasmanian Regional Arts Groups in my area….. Tasmanian Regional Arts Kentish at Sheffield (town of murals). Not everyone at this arts branch wants to do painting or drawing related activities, so we try to also offer alternative creative activities to cater for all.
I am still basically a painter so I do like it when there is a link. So for me box making is perfect. I can paint my own watercolour or do Suminagashi (Japanese marbling) on a 200gsm or heavier stock, then make it into a little trinket or jewellery box. Alternatively there is a lot of suitable, printed card stock available (as scrapbookers know).
Images below are of boxes made by attendees yesterday, which included a 10y.o lass who came with her grandmother to share a day of hands on creating.
Mardi has been coming to my children’s art classes for many years and she is so creative. When the activity was set to make a paper mache mask she, of course, came up with her own character….. that is often the hardest part but Mardi’s work is always totally her own. I love this character with it’s puffy cheeks she built on out of extra scrunched up newspaper. And the slightly “wonky” lips and nose are just perfect to add character. Mardi is also excellent at drawing and pays attention to detail. She will go a long way with her art and I am proud to have been able to share in her development.