Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday Sketches!

Hi guys,

Finally I'm managing to post in time for Sunday Sketches!! Life has been so busy of late that I'm finding it hard to sit down and blog as often!

So I thought first of all I'd show you what's been keeping me so busy recently!

I've started a new project with the year 3/4's, for those of you who don't know this year I became 'The Artist in Residence' at my boys primary school. And I'm LOVING it! I've been painting murals and working on such a large scale as well as working my way through the different year groups and doing special projects with each group. (You can see my murals and previous projects in my recent posts).

My latest project is to create a bust of a convict out of papier mache. The children have been learning all about the convicts that came to Australia a long time ago and what they went through. I've been asked to create 11 convicts (with the children) based on actual descriptions of real people. There are 66 children in this year so we've divided them into 11 groups. I made a model of my own so that I knew what was involved and to give the kids something to guide them.

This is my first ever papier mache and I quite enjoyed it! :0)

Luckily he isn't supposed to be pretty! I'll show you the childrens work when it's finished! :0)

Next up is a present I made for a couple of friends who've just had a baby. They are both Leo's. I have been speaking with the father about ideas as it's a surprise for the mum :0)  and he said that they both love The Lion King so I painted this with them in mind watching over their little man! :0)

 I painted this little roller derby girl this afternoon. I love roller derby but I'm to much of a woos to try it myself ;0)
 Last but not least is my latest mini work of art. I added this little mermaid to my ACEO collection. I shall add her to my shop once she is varnished :0) I created a lot of texture in this one.
I'm off to visit you all and see what you've been up too! :0)


Sabina said...

How cool that you're the artist in residence at a school! I'm actually I'm the midst of writing an article about the artist-in-residency program at a school, specially how the parents are trying to keep it from disappearing due to budget cuts. The reason they care so much is it seems kids' artwork has been much more impressive as a result of learning from a working artist as opposed to a regular art teacher.

Anyway love all these pieces especially the scary head and the derby girl.

Alexandra said...

It's so great to se you back, Nicola! :) You've been missed! Your paintings are all wonderful! How fun. Thank you for sharing.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wow! all of your art is excellent ~ very creative ~ love the Lion King ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Molly said...

Wow! So much productivity... And so many great characters created! I love the papier mâché convict. What an interesting project. I bet the kids will have lots of fun with that!

Lynn Cohen said...

The paper mache convict is amazing! I love what you have done. He has such personality! I love everything about him. His eyes, ears, nose, hair! Everything!!! Can't wait to see what the kids do bouncing off your terrific example.

Magic Love Crow said...

Great to see you my friend ;o) Your paper mache convict is very cool! Excellent! I love the Lion King painting! Beautiful! Your roller derby girl is fantastic! And, I love your mermaid! Well done!

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

WOW what a grand project! I remember doing ArtMom at my boys school... we did some great projects, so much fun - but this - you are creating a museum!!! awesome! love your girls.
cheers, dana

Tracey Fletcher King said...

That is a crazy amount of wonderful work... the convict heads are going to be fabulous... it looks as though you are enjoying the experience and I am sure the students are adoring it also...xx

Serena Lewis said...

Hi Nicola!

Long time, no see!

I can't believe that your first papier-mache...what an amazing job. I'm impressed!

Your friends will love that painting for sure. Great idea.

Roller derby gal is SO cute as is your mermaid ATC!

Congratulations on your position as Artist-in-Residence at your son's cool!

Enjoy the rest of your week ~ :)


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